New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault Training Institute
An estimated 25% of women in the United States will be sexually victimized at some point in their lifetime. In addition, approximately 17% of men in the United States will be sexually victimized before the age of 16. The physical and psychological consequences of sexual violence can be devastating. Survivors of sexual violence make up a significant percentage of health care consumers. However, many survivors do not disclose their victimization to their health care providers. Dr. Sheela Raja will provide health and social service providers, including medical care providers, dentists, social workers, teachers, mental health workers, substance use disorder treatment providers and community program staff with the tools necessary to provide trauma informed care to all patients and effectively treat survivors of sexual violence. Fee to attend is $100.00 per person.
3:30pm - 4:30pm Honoring State Legislators and
Steps of the NJ State House
125 West State Street, Trenton 5:00pm - 8:00pm Reception to follow sponsored by the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Historic Trenton Masonic Temple
100 Barrack Street, Trenton
Within walking distance, the Masonic Temple is two blocks from the State House Light refreshments will be available.
In 2009, the New Jersey Senate voted unanimously to adopt joint resolution AJR 101/SJR 67 designating April 28th as Denim Day to promote rape and sexual assault awareness. Denim Day is intended to invite public discourse on the topic, to make it possible for more survivors to reach out and find help and to advance the prevention of such crimes.
Sgt. Archambault will present two sessions. The morning session is open to advocates, students and the general public. Topics covered will be Sexual Assault Dynamics: Effectively Recognizing and Responding to Sexual Assault and False Allegations. The afternoon session, for a select audience of law enforcement,SANE/SART Coordinators, prosecutorial, probation and court officials will cover Developing Skills to Interview Sexual Assault Survivors as well as Investigating and Responding to Difficult Cases of Sexual Assault.
9:00am – 12:30pm for Advocates, Students and General Public
1:00pm – 4:30pm for Law Enforcement, SANE/SART, Prosecutorial, Probation and Court Officials.
Only Law Enforcement, SANE/SART, Prosecutorial, Probation and Court Officials may attend both sessions.
$50 for up to three persons per NJCASA Sexual Violence Program Member organization
$50 for up to three persons per police station, prosecutor’s office or court department
$50 for Students
$65 for the General Public
Register for this event. **Be sure to check the box entitled “April Training Institute: False Allegations” under the “Donation For” section to secure a spot in the program**
The GlassBook Project, a joint initiative of Rutgers-University in Newark's Department of Arts, Culture and Media, and Witness Justice, will be launched at a campus reception on Jan. 28, 2010. The goal: To reshape how people generally think about and respond to survivors and individuals with mental health concerns, shifting the question, "What's wrong with you?" to "What happened to you?"
Informed by individuals who live through traumatic experiences and then respond with self injury, addiction, eating disorders, isolation, hyper-vigilance, and more, students, who are enrolled in a book arts course taught by Rutgers-Newark faculty member Nick Kline, create books made of glass about the trauma response topic. The books are then exhibited in communities to tell the stories of survival and to build understanding. The NJ State project will focus on changes in relationships that occur following domestic violence, which is significant because this impacts a survivor's support network, health and wellbeing.
Some of the more notable speakers and attendees at the reception include:
Steven Diner, Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark
Celina Gray, Executive Director of the NJ Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma
Sandra Estepa, Region II Coordinator for the Office of Women's Health/DHHS
Nick Kline, Artist, Conceptual Creator and Instructor, Rutgers University-Newark
Tribe1 Benefit Concert for NJCASA
Tribe1 is an ensemble of singers, poets and drummers dedicated to performing songs of Transformation-songs which nurture the soul and remind us of our interconnection-songs which inspire and motivate us to shout for joy ~ vibrate with truth. Through songs of transformation, poetry and movement, Tribe1 rouses the heart, bridges disconnection, and awakens the audience to the essential joy, unity and compassion of human experience. Our music invites the experience and participation of the audience. Our audiences are always invited to Sit back and simply enjoy or Stand up and move. Dance! Sing! Speak and Share in the performance! Tribe1 has toured the United States and abroad. Our members wear many hats. We are community activists, conflict resolution consultants, educators as well as singers, poets and drummers. In addition to concerts, Tribe1 is able to offer workshops on topics as diverse as "Drumming: learning to listen within and without & to "Creative and Spontaneous Use of Difference and Conflict."
Costs for the conference: Before 11/01/09:
Non-members-$80.00 After 11/01/09-$85.00 On-site registration-$90.00
(Breakfast, Lunch and Snack included.)
An application for Continuing Education contact hours are in process through the New Jersey State Nurses Association. NJSNA is accredited as an approver of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission on accreditation.
Additional information will be sent out in the near future. Questions can be directed to Renee Raffino at: email@example.com
The Green Dot primary prevention initiative is a new way of thinking about and doing prevention. Green Dot is about culture change - harnessing the power of individual choices to shift our current norms. It was designed by integrating some of the best research on social change, diffusion of innovation, communication, persuasion, bystander intervention, and perpetrator patterns into a program that makes practical sense. The Institute will feature Green Dot author Dr. Dorothy J. Edwards of the University of Kentucky. Dr. Edwards will train participants on launching a Green Dot movement in their communities, agencies and universities. Participants will leave the Institute fully equipped with the training, materials and resources necessary to get started.
The YWCA of Bergen County Rape Crisis Center is bringing Denim Day to New Jersey to educate students about issues of consent and sexual violence.
The YWCA of Bergen County Rape Crisis Center is focusing its efforts on educating young women and men around the issue of consent, introducing an awareness campaign entitled, “Don’t Touch My Jeans ‘Til You Know What I Mean.” Over 50 high schools and colleges throughout Bergen County have been invited to participate in the campaign, and they will be receiving Denim Day Toolkits filled with ideas and materials for organizing their own events.
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