This webinar hosted by ECU STAABLE Campus Program, explained how to apply the science of memory and psychological trauma to enhance trauma interview approaches and techniques. Traditional training in this area focused on the explaining the impact of trauma on the “higher functioning” portions of the brain. However, research in the field demonstrates that these portions of the brain are not generally involved in experiencing and reacting to trauma. Adapting the principles used in critical incident stress debriefing and also the empathy-based techniques developed for forensic child interviews, the FETI process was developed to instead engage the ‘lower functioning’ portions of the brain. This technique reduces inaccuracy of the information provided and increases the likelihood of understanding the totality of the experience.  Click here to download the slides.

creative campusYesterday a Huffington Post blog featured an article, How is Your College Improving Sexual Assault Policies? #AskYourCampus.  The article focuses on the plethora of  freshman arriving on campus in the coming weeks and the very real statistic that students face the highest risk of sexual assault during the first few months of the school year.  The blog highlights that by using the hashtag #AskYourCampus freshman can find quick answers to what is being done on campus for sexual assault prevention and response.

Writer Nina Flores explains:

By using the hashtag #AskYourCampus and tweeting to your school (or via facebook), we can collectively and publicly share our questions, learn about the positive steps campuses are taking improve policies and programming, and continue drawing attention to those campuses where change has yet to come. The more students, alumni, parents, and faculty we have asking questions and demanding answers, the closer we get to seeing effective sexual assault prevention and response policies and programming as a reality on every campus.”

To learn more about campus sexual assault visit CALCASA’s campus page or to find out what your campus is doing about sexual assault tweet at them and use #AskYourCampus.

Thanksgiving is a week away and schools will be on break soon for winter vacation.  Has your school planned for January’s Stalking Awareness Month? [click to continue…]

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Tomorrow, Thursday November 8th from 2:00pm-3:00pm EST follow @CALCASA on Twitter to participate in a twitter chat about the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act hosted by the Clery Center For Security On Campus.


David R. Thomas, M.S.

Earlier today East Central University Oklahoma hosted a webinar called, “Trauma Survivors and Law Enforcement: Unintended Consequences & Righting the Ship.”  Guest speaker David R. Thomas, M.S. from John Hopkins University, presented on trauma informed law enforcement response.   He explained the culture of law enforcement, the importance of collaboration with the advocacy community, and how law enforcement can interview with a survivor centered approach.  To hear the recording click here, or to download the powerpoint slides click here.

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A flier was found in a men’s dorm bathroom on the Miami University campus entitled, “Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape.”

A article reported:

Discovery of the flier last weekend prompted Miami University officials to call a mandatory meeting for male students at McBride Hall. They launched a police investigation that could result in internal disciplinary action for the student responsible if found. Police presence at the dorm was increased.

But leaders in a student organization that works to prevent sexual assault is criticizing Miami’s response, say it didn’t go far enough…

How would your campus respond to address this issue?

Engaging men the wrong way