SAAM Calendar of Events 2012

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OSHA’s New Workplace Violence Website

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administrations [OSHA], has new webpages devoted to Workplace Violence.

This Workplace Violence website provides information on the extent of violence in the workplace, assessing the hazards in different settings and developing workplace violence prevention plans for individual worksites.

Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors. Homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,547 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2010, 506 were workplace homicides. Homicide is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace.

OSHA Workplace Violence

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Employment Post

Nevada Urban Indians, Inc. has two positions open currently.  Click on the image to download the PDF descriptions, and how to apply:

Direct link: Nevada Urban Indians, Inc.

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Live Violence Free

 

PRESS RELEASE

The South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center has changed their name to Live Violence Free.  The agency and Board of Directors have been discussing the name change for over three years. With the agency celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2012, the timing was right.  Leanne Wagoner, Executive Director states, “Our mission has become our name.  We see a vision for our community and hope you will join us in this endeavor.”

Founded in 1977 by a handful of volunteers dedicated to helping women in the community, the Women’s Center has grown to a staff of 25, serving two counties, and reaching out to not only women - but men, children and our community as a whole.

The agency hopes changing the name speaks to what the agency provides for the community and is more inclusive and welcoming to everyone. The agency’s programs and services are not changing and will continue to provide domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse prevention and basic needs services.  You can visit their new website liveviolencefree.org for more information.

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Free VINE Awareness Trainings Statewide

The Nevada Office of the Attorney General and statewide local law enforcement agencies will be holding awareness trainings on the Victim Informations and Notification Everyday Program.

Trainings will be held in Carson, Churchill, Storey, and Washoe counties beginning January 31st through February 2nd.

Trainings will be held in Eureka, Lincoln, and White Pine counties beginning February 7th through the 9th. You can download each of the PDF files by clicking on either image below.

Please note the RSVP deadlines are Friday, January 27th for the locations in Washoe, Carson, Storey and Churchill counties
and
Friday, February 3rd for the locations in White Pine, Eureka, and
Lincoln counties.

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NCASV Interviewed

Two members of NCASV were interviewed recently by Melanie Flores, who hosts PSA TODAY for WilksRadio. Check out our Media page to hear the Podcast.

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Forensic Compliance: Where do we stand in 2012?

Dear Ben,

NCASV is sending this message on behalf of End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) & the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).

Just a reminder that EVAWI is teaming up with the IAFN to offer a webinar series on the topic of forensic compliance.

Webinar offered on two separate dates:

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
11:00am - 12:30pm PST / 2:00pm — 3:30pm EST
REGISTER

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
11:00am - 12:30pm PST / 2:00pm — 3:30pm EST
REGISTER

Register now! FREE!

Survey of Registrants

A primary goal of this webinar series is to share information on how
communities are implementing policies and procedures to achieve the “spirit”
as well as the “letter” of the law in VAWA 2005. Therefore, we are asking all
webinar registrants to complete a brief survey telling us about their community
policies and procedures. We will compile the information to present
during the webinars.
After you register for the webinar, you will receive more information
about this survey. Survey responses will be due by February 1st.

Description of the Webinar

All states and territories must certify that they are in compliance with
VAWA 2005 requirements for medical forensic examinations. Specifically,
exams must be available to sexual assault victims: 1) free of charge, and
2) regardless of their decision to participate in the criminal justice process.

Communities have faced considerable challenges in designing
protocols that are compliant, in areas such as: the initial
response to a sexual assault disclosure, payment for
the medical forensic examination, mandatory reporting to law enforcement,
storage and transportation of evidence, case tracking and retrieval,
processing of evidence,
and the potential for evidence-based prosecution (i.e., without the
victim’s cooperation). For many states and territories, the changes
that are required in public policy and daily practice have been
described as “monumental.”

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Rape Is Rape

The FBI has issued a new definition of rape for the Uniform Crime Report!

Rape Is Rape

Out with the old:

  : the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will

In with the new:

  : penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim

Read the New York Times article on why changing the definition of rape at a federal level is an incredibly large victory, especially for male victims and other survivors.

Send an email thanking the FBI and Director Robert Mueller! Feel free to use this template or create a letter or email of your own.

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Penn State & Herman Cain

National Conversations from the Anti-Sexual Violence Experts & Advocates!

 Greetings!

As conversations heat up around Penn State and Herman Cain we want to give you a few opportunities to hear from voices within this movement.  How might we expect the Penn State case to be impacted by Title IX?  What are some of the underlying factors possible contributing to this “Code of Silence” and common misuse of power?  What are the next steps for creating larger social change and preventing similar cases?  We have also included Eve Ensler’s piece, OVER IT! and relevant resources.  Please take a moment to read these brief articles [links included].

Thank you for your work to address sexual violence within your community,
Kari Ramos, Outreach Director
NCASV

Breaking the Silence

by Co-founders of A CALL TO MEN - Promoting Healthy Manhood

“In the recent tragedy at Penn State it is reported that trusted Coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on 40 counts related to allegations os sexual abuse of eight boys over a 15-year period. This allegedly occured while other coaches looked on and kept silent about what they saw, what they knew and perhaps even tried to cover up for their colleague and the “the program.”

As men we have a long history invested in collusion with other men and codes of silence.  Also known as codes of honor, vows of silence, the blue curtain of silence with names like “the family” or “the brotherhood.”  Many of us, in our youth and adulthood, have participated in defining violators of the code of silence as haters, suckers, punks, rats, snitches, weasels, a snake, and much worse…”

To Continue reading A Call To Men, follow here…

Joe Paterno, Herman Cain, Men, Sex, and Power

by Kevin Powell, Activist, Writer

Excerpts:

“Joe Paterno. Herman Cain. Penn State football. Presidential campaigns. Men. Sex. Power. Women. Harassed. Children. Abused.

In the matter of Mr. Herman Cain I cringed, to be blunt, as I watched his press conference this week denying accusations of sexual harassment against him, which has swelled to four different women, two identified and two anonymous, for now. I was not there, so I don’t know, only he and the women know the truth. But what was telling in Mr. Cain’s remarks is that he was visibly defensive and defiant, rambled quite a bit about the media’s smear campaign and, most curious, only once mentioned sexual harassment as a major problem in America, and it was just one quick, passing sentence. Then he went back to discussing himself, which he is particularly adept at doing.”

Click Here to read Kevin Powell’s Blog and Full Article…

More Information & Relevant Resources

A big thank you to the Washington Coaltion of Sexual Assault Programs for providing this response and the relevant resources included:

“We are deeply saddened by the sexual abuse experienced and the lack of intervention for these youth.

We are further saddened by the reality that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18. Prevention of sexual violence is the responsibility of adults. It is imperative that as adults we create safe environments, break the silence about sexual violence, reduce barriers to reporting, and engage in active bystander intervention.

We hope that from this tragedy individuals will have heightened awareness of sexual violence and become advocates of change; that there will be increased offender and bystander accountability; and that the strength of sexual assault survivors is recognized and honored.”

Related Resources, follow here…

OVER IT!

 

 

 

by Eve Ensler

I am over rape.

I am over rape culture, rape mentality, rape pages on Facebook.

I am over thousands of people who signed those pages with their real names without shame.

I am over people demanding their right to rape pages, and calling it freedom of speech or justifying it as a joke.

I am over people not understanding that rape is not a joke and I am over being told I don’t have a sense of humor, and women don’t have a sense of humor, when most women I know (and I know a lot)…

Continue Reading, HuffPo Essay from Eve “OVER IT!”…

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January 2012 is National Stalking Awareness Month

For many people “stalking” is a word that is heard on television, movies, in popular song and in casual conversation. Although it may seem like a joke or a harmless show of devotion, it is not. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states. The National Center for Victims of Crime defines stalking as “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.” and estimates 3.4 million American stalking victims every year!

Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it.

Promote the Month:
You can promote National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) and enhance your activities by using the downloadable resources at Stalkingawarenessmonth.org

Check out some good information at S.A.F.E., Inc.

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Sex-Trafficking Conference Makes News in Reno

In September, our own Kari Ramos participated in a panel discussion on human sex-trafficking as part of a ”Freeze Project” sponsored by Women’s Federation for World Peace-Reno chapter, at the University of Nevada, Reno.   There are more details in the news article here.

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Nevada County Teamwork

Links to tools:
Forensic Compliance BEST PRACTICES Guidlines | Self-Assessment Toolkit

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Support Group: Standing Tall

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UNR Slut Walk/Anti-Rape March

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AVR Labyrinth Walk 2011

 

 

The Alliance for Victims’ Rights will hold a Summer Remembrance Walk in Reno.

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Southern Nevada Offices Have Moved!

Our Las Vegas office has been moved!
Our new contact information is below:

NCASV-Southern Office
1096 East Sahara Suite 208
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104

(702) 866-0064
(702) 866-0060 Fax

The Northern Office information remains the same:

NCASV-Northern Office

P.O. Box 12877
Reno, Nevada 89510
(775) 355-2220
(775) 355-2221 Fax

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Engaging Bystanders In SV Prevention Online Course

FREE ONLINE COURSE
Whether you are a novice or seasoned expert in primary prevention, we hope you’ll take part in this online training from the New England Adolescent Research Institue (NEARI)and  the National Sexual Violence Research Center (NSVRC).

NEARI Engaging Bystanders SV Prevention Training

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SAAM Preparations Underway



The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States.  The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

In 2012, we are promoting healthy sexuality to prevent sexual violence! We encourage you to visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center at http://www.nsvrc.org/saam to learn more about this year’s focus and the different approaches you might use in your communities!

If you would like to be a part of the SAAM subcommittee of the Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence, please contact our Program Director, Kari Ramos at 775-355-2220 or outreach@ncasv.org

What Happened In 2011:

Each day, people witness a continuum of behaviors that range from being respectful and safe, to sexually abusive and violent.

The 2011 national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign explored common, everyday behaviors and offered individuals viable, responsible ways to intervene.  This primary prevention approach creates environments where people are safe in their relationships, families, neighborhoods, schools, work places and communities.  SAAM brings together resources and information, thus offering everyone the opportunity to address behaviors before sexual violence occurs.

Our SAAM Subcommittee Co-Chairs pulled together some event recommendations for you to employ in your own communities, check them out on the SAAM Events Page.

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