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RCASA’s Thursday Therapy

In Therapy, Trauma on September 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

What is Grounding?

Grounding is about learning to stay present (or for some get present in the first place) in your body in the here and now. Basically it consists of a set of skills/tools to help you manage dissociation and the overwhelming trauma-related emotions that lead to it. Processing done from a very dissociated state is not useful in trauma work. Neither is the goal to be so overwhelmed by feelings that you feel re-traumatized. Once you are present, you also need to learn other means of managing the feelings and thoughts asst with traumatic memories.

Every one is different. Different grounding techniques will work for different people. The following are some general categories and ideas. Exploring the pros and cons of various approaches with your therapist can be useful in determining which will be the best fit for you.

-Grounding often takes the form of focusing on the present by tuning into it via all your senses. For example, one technique could involve focusing on a sound you hear right now, a physical sensation (what is the texture of the chair you are sitting on, for example?) and/or something you see. Describe each in as much detail as possible.

-Diaphragmatic or deep breathing: Trauma survivors often hold their breath or breathe very shallowly. This in turn deprives you of oxygen which can make anxiety more intense. Stopping and focusing on deepening and slowing your breathing can bring you back to the moment.

-Relaxation, guided imagery or hypnosis- folks with dissociative disorders are engaging in a form of self-hypnosis much of the time. The trouble is, it is out of your control! Some trauma therapists are also trained in hypnosis and can help teach you how to use dissociation in a way that works for you. For example: you can develop a safe container for traumatic material between sessions, create a safe or comfortable place (“safe” may not be a concept some survivors can relate to or may be triggering to some) 0r learn ways to turn down the “volume” of painful feelings and memories.

Grounding and emotion management skills can help you proceed with the work of trauma therapy in a manner that feels empowering instead of re-traumatizing.

City authorities seeking police impersonator

In Sexual Assault Awareness on September 29, 2010 at 9:00 am

Police looking for cop impersonator

Date published: 9/29/2010

BY KEITH EPPS

Fredericksburg police are looking for a man who pretended to be a law enforcement officer in an apparent effort to get close to a young college woman.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said a 20-year-old University of Mary Washington student arrived at her home in the 600 block of Charlotte Street about 11:25 p.m. Monday.

She noticed a man leaning against a street sign at the corner of Charlotte and Spotswood streets.

After parking her vehicle, Bledsoe said, the woman saw the man walking toward her with his hands in the air. He held out a wallet and said he was with the police, then asked to see her identification.

The man was not in a police uniform nor did he have a police cruiser, Bledsoe said.

The woman said no, and the man asked again. She again said no and continued toward her home.

The man then asked if there was anyone who could verify her identity and the woman told him her roommate could. But she denied his request to come inside and investigate.

The woman went inside and locked the door. She called the police, but the man was gone by the time an officer arrived.

“We are very concerned about this,” Bledsoe said. “We don’t know what his intentions were, but obviously he was trying to get close to her for some reason.”

Bledsoe said the woman handled the situation perfectly, but police are concerned that someone else might not.

The suspect was described as a clean-shaven black male in his 30s with short hair. He was wearing a white shirt and jeans, and the woman described him as polite.

Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 373-3122.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com

RCASA’s Wednesday Outreach: Upcoming Events

In Sexual Assault Awareness on September 29, 2010 at 8:00 am

Saturday October 2, 2010

Habitat for Humanity Harvest Festival

Walker Grant Middle School

9am-4pm

Celebrate fall with Habitat for Humanity’s Harvest Festival! This annual family focused event celebrates fall with a variety of children’s activities including a pumpkin patch, haunted house, face painting, crafts and more. All day music, food, and craft vendors make this festival fun for the whole family. Drop by RCASA’s table and say hi!

RCASA Tuesday’s Promising Programs: Families and Schools Together: Building Relationships

In Education, Prevention, Sexual Assault Awareness on September 28, 2010 at 8:00 am

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is dedicated to preventing and reversing trends of increased delinquency and violence among adolescents. These trends have alarmed the public during the past decade and challenged the juvenile justice system. It is widely accepted that increases in delinquency and violence over the past decade are rooted in a number of interrelated social problems— child abuse and neglect, alcohol and drug abuse, youth conflict and aggression, and early sexual involvement—that may originate within the family structure. The focus of OJJDP’s Family Strengthening Series is to provide assistance to ongoing efforts across the country to strengthen the family unit by discussing the effectiveness of family intervention programs and providing resources to families and communities.

Overview of the Program

Both affluent and low-income families struggle with the same issues concerning how to raise a child successfully. Many parents feel alone, too busy to connect with their children, and lacking in support from other adults. Using parent professional collaborative teams, the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program systematically reaches out to entire families groups to increase parent involvement with at-risk youth. Developed in 1987 by Dr. Lynn McDonald of Family Service, a nonprofit family counseling agency in Madison, WI, FAST helps at-risk youth (ages 3 to 14) build relationships through a research- and family therapy-based, multifamily group approach to preventing juvenile delinquency (McDonald, 1993, 1997; 1998; McDonald and Billingham, 1998; McDonald et al., 1991). FAST has been especially successful at involving low income, stressed, and isolated parents.

Youth at risk of adolescent delinquency often come from stressed and socially isolated families. These children also frequently fail in school and may eventually drop out. This Bulletin profiles a program, Families and Schools Together (FAST) that brings at-risk children and their families together in multifamily groups to strengthen families and increase the likelihood that children will succeed at home, at school, and in the community. Based on research and family therapy, FAST builds protective factors for children and increases parent involvement with the family, other parents, the school, and the community. In a typical case, the entire family of an 8-year-old male who exhibits problem behaviors at home and at school participates in the 8-week FAST program. After “graduating,” families move on to 2 years of monthly meetings of a school based group of FAST families, which provide a strong social network to fall back on in times of crisis. Evaluations have shown that FAST has a statistically significant positive impact on children and families.

VARONES – Victimas de Abuso Sexual

In Hispanic/Latino, Sexual Assault Awareness on September 27, 2010 at 8:00 am

VARONES – Víctimas de Abuso Sexual

Si usted es varón y piensa que está en la situación descrita en el artículo publicado al final de este reporte, o si es un varón víctima de asalto sexual y está buscando ayuda, la puede encontrar  en

espa ñol.  Nosotros se la podemos brindar, llámenos a nuestra línea en donde puede dejar un mensaje en español con su nombre y tel éfono que sólo yo reviso diariamente: (540) 371-5502

Soy parte de RCASA un equipo profesional que es muy apasionado en cuidar y prestarle servicios a

ví ctimas de violencia sexual y a sus seres queridos.  Nosotros no juzgamos a nuestras víctimas, solo las apoyamos cuando lo necesitan, ofreci éndoles una serie de servicios, desempeñándonos somo intersectores y/o promotores legales, acompañándoles al tribunal, les ayudamos a tratar de entender  y a navegar el sistema judicial, que muchas veces es muy difícil de entender, ofrecemos remisiones legales y podemos guiar a nuestros clientes a obtener otros servicios, si lo necesitan, si estos otros servicios esten conectados con el abuso.

Tomamos su caso de una manera muy confidencial.

Ofrecemos consejería en español para aprender a lidiar con el trauma causado por un desafortunado incidente como este.

Lo acompañamos en el hospital mientras los peritos forenses lo examinan y recolectan evidencia para que despúes esta pueda ser presentada en frente de un juzgado.

Parte de nuestro trabajo es tratar de prevenir que usted sea víctima de este tipo de crimenes, y esto lo logramos a través de alcance comunitario y de educación .

Sé que en nuestra comunidad aún existe el taboo y no hablamos sobre este tema, lo ocultamos.  Existe el temor a inmigración (detenciones y deportaciones), a la Agencia de Protección al Niño, CPS (Child Protective Services) y a otros.  Los varones sienten una gran vergüenza al revelar este tipo de violaciones sexuales.  Recuerde de que sí esto le sucedió, fue algo muy desafortunado,  especialmente si no hubo un acuerdo mutuo entre ambas partes, o alguién abuso sexualmente de usted mientras que usted estaba bajo la influencia del alcohol o de las drogas.  Usted no hizo nada para qué esto pasara.

No importa cual sea su edad, pierda ese temor y vergüenza:  LLAMENOS al: (540) 371-5502 en español y consiga ayuda.

Desarticulan en España la primera red de prostitución masculina

31 de Agosto de 2010, 01:21pm ET
MADRID, 31 Ago 2010 (AFP) –

La policía desmanteló la primera red de tráfico de hombres en España, en su mayoría traídos engañados desde el estado brasileño de Maranhâo, en operaciones iniciadas en febrero que desembocaron en la detención de 14 personas.

Es la primera vez que se acaba en España con “una red dedicada a la explotación sexual de hombres”, precisó el martes la policía en un comunicado, en el que se informó de que las detenciones fueron practicadas en Palma de Mallorca (archipiélago de las Baleares), Madrid, Barcelona (noreste), Alicante (sudeste) y León (noroeste).

Las operaciones, que comenzaron en febrero pasado, desembocaron en la detención de 14 personas, entre ellas el cerebro de la organización, de nacionalidad brasileña.

También fueron arrestadas 17 de las víctimas que se encontraban en España en situación irregular, explicaron luego en conferencia de prensa miembros de la Brigada Central de Redes de Inmigración.

Los hombres –aunque también atraían a travestis y mujeres en menor proporción– creían que venían para ser bailarines o modelos, tras ser “captados en Brasil y la organización les facilitaba la ‘bolsa de viaje’ y el billete de avión, que era comprado con tarjetas ‘clonadas'”.

Las víctimas solían entrar por otros países del espacio Schengen europeo y desde ellos se desplazaban a España.

Una vez en España, “el líder de la red les distribuía por las diferentes casas de citas y les proporcionaba cocaína, ‘popper’ (una droga para la estimulación sexual) y Viagra para prostituirse 24 horas al día”.

La banda pudo traer a España a unas 80 personas, la mayoría procedentes de Maranhâo, de los que 64 eran hombres, y el resto travestis y mujeres, precisaron los responsables de la brigada.

Algunos de los chicos, de entre 22 y 29 años, estaban al corriente de que venían para practicar la prostitución, aunque suponían que en diferentes condiciones, mientras que otros lo desconocían y viajaban convencidos de que trabajarían como bailarines o modelos.

Las víctimas de esta red vivían hacinadas en pisos en cuyas habitaciones podía haber dos o tres literas en las que dormían entre cuatro y seis personas. Disponían de un pequeño salón en el que se presentaban a sus clientes, en su mayoría hombres de entre 20 y 65 años.

Los chicos cobraban unos 60 euros, pero la mitad de la recaudación iba a parar a los responsables de la red, a los que tenían que pagar unos 4.000 euros (5.076 dólares) por haberlos traído a España.

La red atraía a clientes “mediante anuncios en la sección de contactos de periódicos y en diferentes páginas web donde exhibían fotografías de los chicos disponibles”.

La investigación sobre esta red de prostitución comenzó en febrero pasado, según la policía, que precisó que las 14 personas inculpadas también son sospechosas de haber suministrado droga a las víctimas, así como a sus clientes.

Artículo reproducido de: http://www.univision.com/contentroot/wirefeeds/world/8282710.shtml, por el Conciio Rappahanock Contra El Asalto Sexual, RCASA sus siglas en Inglé s por: Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault.

Concilio Rappahannock Contra el Asalto Sexual – Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault, RCASA2601 Princess Anne Street, Suite 102 ● Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

Consejería/Administración de Casos: (540) 371-5502

Línea de ayuda directa: (540) 371-1666

Oficina: (540) 371-6771 ● Facsímile: (540) 371-9803

Página Electrónica: www.rcasa.org


En RCASA nos dedicamos a cuidar, a apoyar y a ayudar a las personas, víctimas de violencia sexual y abuso, a recuperarse.  Les ofrecemos un ambiente saludable y seguro para que así puedan expresar sus sentimientos  para ser mejor entendidos por sus familiares y las personas cercanas que los rodean.  Tratamos de facilitarles el acceso a diferentes programas de apoyo,  como lo son: el acompañamiento al hospital a través de un exámen forense despúes de un asalto sexual, la administración de casos, remisiones legales, acompañamiento al tribunal, servicios terapeúticos, y una serie de otros programas de prevención, educación y alcance comunitario.

Podemos ofrecer talleres de información a diferentes grupos sin importar la edad, el género, o la orientación sexual que ellos tengan.

Podemos trabajar con las escuelas con grupos de alumnos de diferentes grados escolares, incluyendo alumnos de Inglés como Segundo idioma, en temas de relaciones saludables, de saber distinguir entre toques afectivos saludables y no saludables o de saber cuidarse cuando recién empiezan a salir con alguien.

Pueden encontrar artículos sobre violencia sexual los Lunes despúes de las 10:00 a.m., visitándonos en: www.rcasa.org

Si necesitan información, pueden llamarnos al (540) 371-5502, y si desean pueden solicitar la llamada en español o dejar un mensaje con su nombre y número telefónico, por favor no cuelgue y háganos saber que ha llamado.

Recuerde que una violación sexual es una violación a sus derechos humanos.

RCASA es su CASA.

RCASA’ s Sunday Morning with Case Management

In Case Management, Sexual Assault Awareness on September 26, 2010 at 8:00 am

Hello and Good Sunday Morning to everyone out there.   I know it is early and it is Sunday, but I feel strongly that this topic needs discussed.

 It is so hard to imagine what our individual roles are in this world.  I mean there is so much going on.  How can we change it?  Where do we start?  Sexual Violence is out there!  It is both hidden and out in the open.  Some people know about it, some have no clue, some don’t know what to do, and some just don’t care.  So what do we do?  I say continue to spread the word.  I think we have to make it unavoidable and unacceptable.  You can’t ignore what you can’t avoid.  It is unacceptable for any person to be violated sexually, there is no explanation, reason, or excuse that justifies anyone being sexually violated.

So at 4:00pm on Thursday September 23, 2010, I trekked up  to our  United States Capitol for a documentary screening for Libby Spears’, Playground the child sex trade in AMERICA.  Please go and view the trailer at http://www.playgroundproject.com/.   This 74 minute movie does an excellent job of exploring the impact of the child sex trade industry in the United States. 

 It opens up a whole can of worms.  The fact of the matter is that we have a real problem here.   Children who are essentially being trained from an early age to become victims.  They are taught that they have little to no value in the world.  I mean, if the parents didn’t love and cherish these children, why would the rest of the world!?  But I am here to say that we, the people, must stop that mentality and stop it now.   Children are not commodities and they CANNOT, I repeat, CANNOT consent to sex! 

Internationally, children are being sexually victimized.  Domestically, children are being sexually  victimized.  It might even be happening right next door.  Interestingly enough as I was writing this blog, someone posted this link on Facebook  about Baby Brianna who was abused physically and sexually before she even turned six months old.  It isn’t recent but it is relevant.   It also isn’t a case of child sex trafficking, but had that child lived she might have been.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkSN65cJOE)  If you watch this and don’t recognize that we need to act now, then I don’t know what to say.

I will continue to explore this issue of Domestic Child Sex Trafficking in upcoming blogs.  I will provide more information on legislation that is currently sitting in the US House of Representative and in the Senate. “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2010”

 If you are interested in getting more information or joining a cause, here  the links to resources for more information.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:  http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PublicHomeServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US

Polaris Project:    http://www.polarisproject.org/

DC Stop Modern Slavery: http://www.stopmodernslavery.org/ 

Courtney’s House: http://www.courtneyshouse.org/

and please visit our website www.rcasa.org

RCASA’s Saturday Prevention: The Military

In Education, Prevention, Professional Training, Sexual Assault Awareness on September 25, 2010 at 7:00 am

Sexual violence in the military is a serious issue. Some may remember a few years ago reports coming out about female soldiers dying of dehydration because when they tried to use the restrooms at night, many were assaulted and thus some stopped drinking water in the late afternoon.

Sexual violence has been an issue within military populations, one need only look at the Comfort Women system during the Second World War or the prostitution near the remaining US bases in Korea.

The Washington, D.C. based organization Men Can Stop Rape [MCSR] has been facilitating trainings for and working with, the Sexual Assault Prevention Office [SAPRO]. SAPRO is a part of the Department of Defense [DoD], and was created following a directive to investigate and review DoD sexual assault policy. A task force was assembled, and their recommended policy changes were implemented. The Task Force, in 2005,  began training “sexual assault response coordinators [SARCs], chaplains, lawyers, and law enforcement to create a cadre of trained first responders. In addition, the Military Services trained more than 1,000,000 Service members and established sexual assault program offices at all major installations.” The DoD has also set up a website, MyDuty, with resources for victims and links to educational materials related to prevention.

Research conducted in 2008 within the United States Air Force Academy revealed that 98% of women and 99% of men reported that they had received sexual assault prevention and intervention. 81% of women, 90% of NCO’s [non-commissioned officers]   and commissioned officers, and 92% of Academy leaders reported that “honest and reasonable” attempts were being made in reducing and eliminating sexual assault.

Clearly some issues that contribute sexual assault are not being discussed, homophobia is of course off limits given the continuing policy of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ There is also, of course, the culture of hyper-masculinity and patriarchal values that are rooted in every aspect of military culture. However, with the creation of SAPRO and the collaboration with MCSR great strides are being taken in this previously unchallenged bastion of gender violence.

RCASA’s Upcoming Outreach Events

In Events, Outreach, Sexual Assault Awareness on September 24, 2010 at 10:17 am

Saturday September 25, 2010

The 5th Annual Baron P. Braswell, II 5K Run/Walk Against Teen Violence

Courtland High School, 8am-12pm

This run has been created to bring continued awareness to the issue of teen violence, and the effects of teen violence on the victim, the families involved, the perpetrator and the community as a whole. The event is designed to bring families and the community together, uniting for a cause and taking a Stand Against Teen Violence in our community.

Harambee 360 Experimental Theatre, Inc. Black Arts Festival

Walker Grant Cultural and Educational Center, 12-6pm

More than 2,000 people are expected to come together to enjoy this year’s festival. The mission of the Harambee 360 Experimental Theatre is to educate the community about the Black experience through the cultural arts. Harambee 360 believes that if we pull together as a community, we will develop a sense of belonging to an extended family.

RCASA Friday Facts: Hispanics/Latinos Sexual Violence Awareness

In Friday Facts, Hispanic/Latino, Sexual Assault Awareness on September 24, 2010 at 8:00 am

October 15-November 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month

Today’s blog is taken from the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance Sexual Violence Awareness Fact Sheet entitled: “Hispanics/Latinos.”

In this fact sheet, we use the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino,” which refer specifically to people from Latin America. Hispanics/Latinos do not identify as a single racial group, but rather as a mixture of various cultures from over 22 countries in North, South, Central America, and the Caribbean. Many Hispanics/Latinos identify themselves by their country of origin (such as Puerto Rican, Mexican, Colombian). Self-identity is very important and very personal, so it is important to ask a Hispanic/Latino how s/he identifies herself or himself and not make assumptions.

In addition to many other underserved communities, Hispanics/Latinos also face significant issues related to sexual assault.  Hispanics/Latinos are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S., soaring from 22 million to 35.5 million in the last 10 yrs (an increase of more than 80%). According to the 2000 Census, 4.7% of people living in Virginia are Hispanic/Latino (Overview of Race and Latino Origin, Census 2000).  The following statistics point to some crucial truths in the Hispanic/Latino community:

  • Married Latinas are less likely than other women to immediately define their experiences of forced sex as rape and terminate their relationships; some view sex as a marital obligation (Bergen, R.K. 1996, Wife Rape);
  • The National Violence Against Women Survey found that Latinas were less likely to report rape victimization than non-Latinas;
  • Eighteen percent of Latina’s and nearly 23 percent of Latino’s reported experiencing a sexual assault in their lifetimes (Prevalence of Sexual Assault in Virginia, Virginia Dept. of Health, April 2003);
  • Six percent of victims served by Virginia’s Sexual and Domestic Violence Agencies in 2003 were Hispanic/Latino (VAdata: A report from Virginia Sexual Assault Crisis Centers and Domestic Violence Programs, 2003)
  • Additional health concerns are more prevalent in the Hispanic/Latino  community that are resultant of sexual assault, the sex industry, and sexual exploitation:  such as higher rates of HIV and STD’s (National Council of La Raza, 2010), surviving multiple rapes, higher rates of being forced into sex work/trafficking (Dynamics of Prostitution and Sex Trafficking from Latin America into the United States, 2003). 

These statistics clearly show that Hispanics/Latinos are in need of sexual assault services, yet due to a variety of factors, it is often difficult for them to get the services they need. It is critical that sexual violence victim advocates understand the needs and barriers of Hispanics/Latinos in order to provide culturally appropriate and sensitive outreach and services to this community. Disscussed below are some of the barriers present:

Language Barriers:

The United States is a country where English is the primary language that is spoken. Language is key to establishing safety and trust. It is always helpful to have an interpreter available to assist with victims. It is extremely important to avoid using family members or children to translate for the survivor as doing so may inhibit the survivor’s ability to speak openly and can put children in the inappropriate and potentially dangerous position of explaining the sexual violation of a parent.

Fear of Deportation:

Also, many Hispanic/Latino immigrants suffer sexual violence, exploitation, and ongoing harassment by perpetrators who take advantage of their fear of deportation and lack of knowledge about their rights.  Perpetrators often use threats of deportation to keep the victim fearful and silent. Immigrants migrating to the US through established migratory routes and underground transportation systems are more likely to be forced to use sex as payment for transportation, be victims of sex trafficking and forced into sexual slavery.  As advocates it is important to have access to accurate immigration information while providing emotional support and validation to victims of sexual violence.

Cultural Issues:

Additionally, members of the Hispanic/Latino community face specific cultural issues. Emphasis is placed on virginity in many Hispanic/Latino communities. In many Hispanic/Latino cultures, a woman who loses her virginity to rape, incest, or molestation is seen as a “promiscuous” woman.  It is important to remember that these issues may arise with the survivor as well as with her family. It is important to be respectful of cultural beliefs while reminding the victim and her family that the blame for sexual assault lies with the perpetrator, not the victim.

Fear of the Legal System:

Fear of the legal system is yet another issue faced by Hispanics/Latinos. They may mistrust and fear the police and judicial authorities because in many Latin American countries these entities may be corrupt and oppressive.

For Hispanic/Latino victims of sexual assault and rape the journey back to wholeness can be even more difficult than for others. The culture and society they live in often forces the rape and sexual assault victims to remain silent. There may also be legal issues surrounding immigration issues that are sometimes perceived to be an obstacle in getting help.

Myths about Hispanics/Latinos can also make it more difficult for them to access and receive appropriate services if they have experienced sexual violence. They may fear being stereotyped based on these myths, or they may have internalized the myths and believe these things are true of them, therefore believing that they don’t need or deserve services. It is important to understand these myths and the realities in order to assist people in receiving the help they need.

Myth: All Hispanics/Latinos are undocumented or are in the U.S. illegally.

Fact: Many Latinos/Hispanics are U.S. citizens whose families have been here for generations. Others have immigrated here legally. Regardless of their legal status, survivors of sexual violence deserve support.

Myth: All Hispanics/Latinos speak the same language, so any Spanish translator can provide interpretation services.

Fact: It is not appropriate to assume that all Hispanics/Latinos speak Spanish, or the same kind of Spanish. In fact, many rural and indigenous people from Central and South America speak Mayan dialects, and Brazilians speak Portuguese. Many speak English to varying degrees.

Myth: All Hispanic/Latino immigrants have come to the U.S. willingly.

Fact: Although many immigrants are in the United States willingly, some are victims of trafficking. Often sexual violence plays a large role in the trafficking of women and children. It is important not to assume that an Hispanic woman/Latina is here with her family.

Resources:

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance   www.vsdvalliance.org

Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault   www.rcasa.org

Alianza Latina en Contra la Agresion Sexual/ALAS   For info email: artsanando@yahoo.com

RCASA’s Tuesday Promising Programs: The Green Dot Initiative

In Advocacy, Education, Outreach, Prevention, Professional Training, Sexual Assault Awareness on September 21, 2010 at 8:00 am

Green Dot, etc. is an organization built on the premise that we can measurably and systematically reduce violence within any given community. We believe current research across disciplines, in combination with lessons learned from history, provides nearly all of the necessary puzzle pieces to create a successful model of violence prevention. Given this foundation of knowledge, we believe any group, committed to equipping themselves with the necessary skills and willing to let go of historically ineffective approaches, has the capacity to implement a successful violence prevention strategy. Though the primary mission of Green Dot, etc. is the reduction of power-based personal violence, we also recognize the inextricable link between effective prevention and effective intervention. As such, Green Dot, etc. includes, within its mission, the strengthening of intervention services and strategies across forms of violence.

The purpose of green dot

With the ultimate goal of preparing organizations/communities to implement a strategy of violence prevention that consistently, measurably reduces power-based personal violence (including sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse and bullying), Green Dot, etc. works toward two primary objectives. (1) Content Development. Informed by the latest research from across disciplines, as well as research conducted on our own content, we develop programs, strategies, curricula and training courses designed to address power-based personal violence across settings. In recognition of the great diversity of contexts, all of our materials are designed to serve as detailed templates – providing structured content combined with components that require culture-specific adaptation to most effectively reach the target population. (2) Training. Regardless of content, the success of a prevention program depends heavily on the skill and competence of those implementing. Green Dot, etc. provides training courses for both leadership and front-line professionals that focus on core competency areas necessary for successful implementation of any program, such as: strategic planning, bystander mobilization, persuasive communication, coalition building, etc.

For more information contact:

Jennifer M. Sayre
e: sayre@livethegreendot.com
t:540.310.0913

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