Free “No Wrong Door” Training DayThe New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault is hosting a full day of training on providing services to survivors of sexual violence with developmental, intellectual, or other disabilities. Workshop presenters will include Beverly Frantz, PhD, of Temple University; Sarah Zesski of NJCBW; and Jessica Oppenheim of The Arc of New Jersey. Sexual violence program staff and all professionals who serve people with disabilities are encouraged to attend for cross-training and important conversations. FREE!The goal of No Wrong Door NJ is that survivors of sexual and domestic violence will be treated with dignity and respect through a seamless, integrated system where they will receive timely, appropriate and sufficient services regardless of whether they access services at victim services programs or at disability programs.Date: October 21, 2013 Time: Sign-in starts at 9am. Trainings from 10am to 4pm. Fee: Free, but advanced registration is required. Location: At the Middlesex County Fire Academy at 1001 Fire Academy Dr, Sayreville, NJ 08872 Register at http://www.njcasa.org/education-training/training-institute#nwdQuestions? Please call Margaret Mikkelsen at 609-631-4450, ext 1208.
As healthy sexuality gains momentum as an approach to sexual violence prevention, it can be easy for beginners to feel they are in uncharted territory. This workshop will focus on exploring the basics of the healthy sexuality framework and how it connects to and strengthens prevention efforts. No question or concern is off-limits as we create a space that is centered on increasing participant’s skills, comfort-level and fluency in discussing and defining healthy sexuality. Participants will learn strategies for including healthy sexuality in sexual violence prevention efforts. This workshop will be interactive in format, allowing for activities, discussion, and feedback regarding opportunities and barriers. Note: this is a repeat of the training with the same name in November 2012. It was so popular, we decided to offer it again!
Presenters: Alison Bellavance (Planned Parenthood of Northeast, Mid-Penn & Bucks County) and Laura Palumbo (National Sexual Violence Resource Center)
Date: July 23, 2013
Fee: $50 General Public/$35 NJCASA Sexual Violence Program Members (enter promotion code SVP2 at checkout)
Location: NJCASA Office , Crossroads Corporate Center, 3150 Brunswick Pike, suite 230, Lawrenceville, NJ 08468
A two-part training led by Viktoria Kristiansson of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women.
Intimate Partner Sexual Assault
This presentation will examine the devastating dynamics of sexual assault by an intimate partner including the use of power and control in a battering relationship. It will provide an overview of intimate partner sexual assault, the impact on victims and the resulting behavior and the importance of a coordinated community response to this crime. Prosecutors and allied professionals will be better able to recognize and respond to common challenges in these cases including the reluctant victim, victim intimidation and manipulation and confronting the misperceptions of the judge or jury.
Overcoming the Consent Defense: Prosecuting the Non-stranger Rapist
This session will examine the dynamics of non-stranger sexual assault, identify the challenges in investigating and prosecuting these cases, and explore strategies for overcoming these challenges. The presenter will discuss the characteristics of the non-stranger rapist and how they challenge traditional perspectives of investigators, prosecutors, judges and juries. Additionally this presentation will address the unique vulnerability of victims in non-stranger rape situations. This presentation will highlight the importance of an offender-focused approach throughout the investigation and prosecution. Additional topics include common defense questions and rape myths that can be barriers to a successful prosecution.
Date: July 11, 2013
Location: United Way of Mercer County, Crossroads Corporate Center, 3150 Brunswick Pike, STE 230, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Union County College, Union County Rape Crisis Center
To honor survivors of sexual violence and to help bring comfort to their families, friends, and our community, we will be gathering in the garden behind the Nomahegan building on the Cranford campus to show our support and help raise awareness of this issue. Glowsticks will be provided to all participants, thanks to the Student Volunteer Organization. Open flames are not permitted on campus. We thank you for refraining from using candles or lighters.
Union County College is offering a free screening of this powerful documentary to our students as well as interested members of the community and professionals at local agencies. Nancy Schwartzman's courageous documentary shines a light on issues of consent and female sexuality in way that we don't usually see elsewhere. Rather than asking whether or not women can or should say yes to sex, it's more a matter of how often our "no" often goes unheard or unheeded and that the question "Is it okay if we do this?" is rarely asked to begin with.
See the movie and join the conversation. Reservations are not required and anyone can attend. The movie does include some mature content that may not be appropriate for young children. Additionally, the College does not provide child care services. Please plan accordingly.
Join us as we kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2013!
Each year during the month of April thousands of individuals around the United States work together to raise public awareness about sexual violence. Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) seeks to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.
Join the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) for a 5K Walk on April 6th to kick offSAAM! We are walking together and working together to raise awareness and funds to support sexual assault services and prevention efforts throughout NJ. OurSAAM 5K Walkwill be the first of many events around the state working towards the end of sexual violence.
Rutgers College of Nursing Center for Professional Development
Prerequisite: completion of SANE Part I. The pediatric sexual assault examiner course is designed for professionals who have responsibility for providing health evaluations for children who are alleged victims of sexual abuse. This educational program is appropriate for registered nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants. The course content will include pediatric growth and development relative to interviewing and disclosures, utilization of the team approach to child maltreatment, role of the provider in pediatric sexual assault, approach to the examination of the child victim of physical and sexual abuse, identification of injury specific to child physical and sexual abuse and documentation and interpretation of findings. The course also includes review of the legal process in child sexual abuse, evidence collection, providing expert courtroom testimony and advocating for the child victim.
Rutgers College of Nursing Center for Professional Development
Program Fee: $850 Online and Onsite Class (includes extensive Program materials, teaching assistants and lab experience). This course is designed to provide the professional nurse, nurse practitioner or nurse midwife who wishes to practice as a sexual assault examiner (SANE) or the physician who wishes to refine skills, with a comprehensive educational program. Course content includes how to do the assessment, evaluation and treatment of an adult or adolescent sexual assault survivor. In addition to covering psychosocial aspects of sexual assault, topics will include mechanics and identification of sexual assault injury, forensic concepts, documentation, evidence collection, legal aspects and the role of the provider from initial interventions to courtroom responsibilities. Methods include didactic sessions as well as clinical practice with teaching assistants. A Rutgers certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. Selected days are open to social workers, rape crisis personnel, law enforcement and other interested professionals.
Union County College will be hosting a free screening and discussion of Nancy Schwartzman's powerful documentary The Line. A counselor will facilitate a post-film discussion about what constitutes rape and consent, and how to support survivors of sexual assault.
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