29 Apr NYSCASA Monthly Digest – May 2019
In this issue of NYSCASA’s Monthly Digest:
- Announcements: Take Back the Night in Albany, NYSCASA’s Survivor Survey, introducing the NYS Training and Technical Assistance Center, and raising awareness about ‘court-ordered rape’;
- Legislative news: F2020 State Budget, Black Maternal Health Week, bail reform, and VAWA reauthorization;
- Upcoming events: NYSCASA’s 2020 conference, webinar on supporting students with disabilities, webinar on engaging male students in SV/DV prevention, in-person training opportunities, and #FreeBlackMamas;
- Job opportunities across New York State;
- Resources: Useful reports, what we’re reading, and more;
- Find out how to support NYSCASA and get involved: Volunteer at NYSCASA or join our Board of Directors!
Do you have news, announcements, or events that you would like NYSCASA to share in our Monthly Digest? Email submissions to Chelsea R. Miller, Communications Director, at email@example.com.
Take Back the Night in Albany
Last month, NYSCASA staff participated in the community tabling event at Take Back the Night in Albany, organized by the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center. More than 200 people attended Take Back the Night this year, which featured a community tabling event, survivor speak out, a march, and a vigil in front of the Washington Park Play House.
- Albany rally raises awareness about sexual violence (WNYT)
- Take Back the Night rally and march held in Albany (WRGB)
- Take Back the Night shows sex assault survivors they aren’t alone (Times Union)
- Take Back the Night: Survivors of Sexual Assault Share Their Stories (Spectrum News)
NYSCASA’s Survivor Survey
Do you live in the State of New York and identify as a victim or survivor of sexual violence? Please complete NYSCASA’s Survivor Survey.
We are collecting this information to learn more about how survivors are experiencing various systems in the state of New York. We also want survivors to have a space to share their stories and to decide how they may want to engage in some of our efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence.
For additional information about NYSCASA’s Survivor Survey, please contact Selena Bennett Chambers, Public Policy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Resource: The New York State Training and Technical Assistance Center
The NYS Training and Technical Assistance Center provides training and technical assistance for rape crisis and sexual violence programs who work with victims and survivors of sexual violence in New York State, with a focus on providing support on “Enough is Enough” (EIE) programming. Staff and volunteers at rape and sexual violence programs that provide EIE programming can access exclusive resources, including a community forum.
For additional information about the NYS Training and Technical Assistance Center, please contact Dally M. Sanchez, Technical Assistance Director, at email@example.com.
NYSCASA was contacted by a survivor who has been working with attorneys, advocates, and academics to raise awareness and bring an end to a traumatic practice referred to as ‘court-ordered rape,’ or invasive gynecological exams that survivors of sexual assault are ordered to endure in the course of proceedings against their perpetrators.
- Villanova University Professor of Law Michelle Madden Dempsey provides preliminary legal research into ‘court-ordered rape’
- National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse panel discussion on ‘court-ordered rape’
If you are a survivor who has been ordered to undergo such an exam, you can access free, confidential help by calling the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence at 1-800-942-6906, or by reaching out to your local rape crisis program.
In addition, attorney Melissa Fry Hague from the firm Goldman Scarlato & Penny is available to hear your or your client’s story as she tracks these cases and researches the legal rights for survivors who have been impacted. You can reach Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-484-344-5850.
NYSCASA’s Statement on FY2020 State Budget
As an organization dedicated to ending sexual violence and all forms of oppression, the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) thanks Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and the New York State legislature for ensuring there were no funding cuts for the rape crisis programs in the FY2020 New York State Budget. With the increased demand for services, programs need additional funding and can’t afford any funding cuts. In addition, we appreciate the fact that there was some progress made as it relates to rape shield protections for victims of sex trafficking. We must do all we can to support victims of sexual violence.
For additional information and comments, please contact Selena Bennett-Chambers, Public Policy Director, at email@example.com.
Black Maternal Health Week
Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a proclamation recognizing April 11–17, 2019, as Black Maternal Health Week. The governor announced that the Enacted 2019-20 Budget includes an $8 million investment to support initiatives recommended over the last year by the New York State Taskforce on Maternal Mortality and Disparate Racial Outcomes. Black Maternal Health Week is an initiative created by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance to advocate for Black maternal health, rights and justice. Black Maternal Health Week is an opportunity to engage in the national conversation on Black maternal health policy, research and the reproductive and birth justice movements.
New York’s Bail Reform Law: Major Components and Implications
In April 2019, New York State passed sweeping criminal justice legislation, strictly curtailing the use of cash bail and pretrial detention, overhauling rules governing the sharing of evidence, and strengthening measures intended to ensure a defendant’s right to a speedy trial. The measures go into effect in January 2020. The Center for Court Innovation’s summary explores the potential implications of the reforms to the use of bail.
VAWA Reauthorization Passed in the US House of Representatives
On April 4, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2019, by a vote of 263-158. The legislation includes new provisions that restrict gun ownership and expand the rights of Indigenous and transgender survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
- The National Network to End Domestic Violence Celebrates House Passage of VAWA (NNEDV)
- How VAWA Takes on the Systems that Perpetuate Domestic and Sexual Violence (ACLU)
- The Violence Against Women Act Is Turning 25. Here’s How It Has Ignited Debate (The New York Times)
The US Senate has yet to introduce a VAWA reauthorization bill with the provisions included in H.R. 1585. Take action: Urge the Senate to pass VAWA.
Upcoming NYSCASA Events
Save the Date: NYSCASA’s 2020 Conference
The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault invites you to our 2020 conference, to be held June 4–6, 2020. Location, speakers, and additional details to be announced.
May 3: Webinar on Serving Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Join the NYS Training and Technical Assistance Center for a webinar with Kat Pheysey, LMSW, M. Ed., entitled “Serving Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Part II: Practical Applications.”
It is critical that we actively consider how to adapt our primary prevention trainings, as well as our direct service work, to be inclusive and accessible to neuro-divergent communities. This event is Part II of a two-part webinar series intended to educate providers on working with communities with ID/DD.
Part I answered foundational questions, including: what intellectual and developmental disabilities are and how they might present; myths and facts about sexuality and this community; and laws surrounding consent for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Catch up on Part I here.
Part II will address: recommendations for serving students with ID/DD in the college setting; successful methods for working with this population in a prevention context; and what to do when a sexual assault occurs to someone in this community. Register to attend Part II here.
May 8: Webinar on Engaging Male Students in SV/DV Prevention
Join the NYS Training and Technical Assistance Center for a webinar with Tiffany Brec (Vera House Inc.), entitled “COLLEGE S.W.A.A.P. – Students With Awareness and Purpose: Engaging the Spectrum of Male Students,” on May 8, 2019, at 1:00 PM.
The importance of engaging men in the prevention of domestic and sexual violence is now becoming a much more widely understood idea, yet those doing this work still face challenges and struggles to reach out to and maintain men’s engagement with the issues.
This webinar will provide skills and tools for those doing violence prevention work on engaging with men. The webinar will review ways to strategize and communicate messaging, barriers for men in engagement, what true engagement looks like, and successful strategies for engaging men.
Upcoming Non-NYSCASA Events
Are you planning an event that you would like NYSCASA to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or submit your event information here: www.nyscasa.org/calendar/submit-an-event.
May 6–12: #FreeBlackMamas
From May 6 through May 12, the National Bail Out is coordinating #FreeBlackMamas, a nationwide effort to bail Black mothers and caregivers out of jail so they can be with their families on Mother’s Day. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #FreeBlackMamas.
May 14: NYSCADV Legislative Day of Action (Albany, NY)
On May 14, join the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and a dynamic and engaged group of advocates, survivors and allies from across New York State in raising our voices and relaying a unified message to the Legislature and Governor: We need to pass meaningful legislation to ensure survivors of domestic violence receive the support they need, and we must re-envision domestic violence funding so no one who is asking for shelter or other services is ever turned away.
- May 7: 6th Annual Capital District Symposium on Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and Response (Albany, NY)
- May 19–22: NYS ATSA and NYS Alliance for the Prevention of Child Abuse 24th Annual Joint Conference(Saratoga Springs, NY)
- June 5–7: (EM)POWER UP: Social Workers as the Vanguards of Change, NASW-NYS Statewide Conference (Saratoga Springs, NY)
- June 6: Dismantling Disproportionality: A Restorative Approach – Youth Summit (New York, NY)
- July 9–10: SPECTRUM Conference (Albany, NY)
- August 21–23: National Sexual Assault Conference: ‘Beyond the Breakthrough’ (Philadelphia, PA)
- September 18: New York State Suicide Prevention Conference (Albany, NY)
- October 21: Second Annual NECAP Youth Summit (Albany, NY)
In-Person Training Opportunities
- May 2: Becoming a Competent Care Provider for Transgender and Gender Expansive Children and Youth (Goshen, NY)
- May 3: Citywide Roundtable on Restorative Approaches: Fostering Cooperation, Connection, and Community across New York City (Brooklyn, NY)
- May 7: Mandated Reporter Training for Child Abuse: State Certification Course provided by the Safe Center (Bethpage, NY)
- May 10: Understanding Behavior Through the Lens of Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities (Goshen, NY)
- May 12: Mock Trial: A Skills-Building Course for SAFEs (New York, NY)
- May 14: “No Such Thing As A Bad Kid!” Understanding and Responding to Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges Using a Positive, Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Approach (Goshen, NY)
- May 15: Training on Sexual Violence (Bethpage, NY)
- May 16–18: Healing from Internalized Whiteness: An Everyday Feminism Training with Sandra Kim(New York, NY)
- May 17: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Trauma: Giving Lawyers the Tools to Understand and Represent Clients Who Have Experienced Trauma (Syracuse, NY)
- May 31–June 2: Responding Restoratively: An Introduction to Restorative Principles and Practices (New York, NY)
- June 18–22: NYS DOH-Approved Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Course (New York, NY)
- July 25–26: The Sexual Abuse to Maternal Mortality Pipeline (Brooklyn, NY)
- September 20: Trauma-Informed Creative Arts Therapy for Mental Health Professionals (Goshen, NY)
- May 2: Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to Guide our Advocacy for Change
- May 2: Our Faith / Our Strength: Supporting Latinx Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence
- May 7: Domestic Abuse through a Jewish Lens: Shanda, Stereotypes, and Shalom Bayit
- May 9: More than a Buzzword: Trauma Informed Services in a Rural Community
- May 9: Chat with a PREA Expert: 115.33 Inmate/Resident Education
- May 14: Autonomy is Safety: Using Supported Decision-Making to Facilitate the Safety of People with Disabilities
- May 15: An Introduction to Participatory Research Methods for Domestic Violence Programs
- May 16: Identifying and Protecting Campus Survivors’ Privacy Rights: Schools, SANEs, and Student Survivors
- May 16: Invisible Dangers: Repetitive Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and Strangulation in Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence
- May 16: Working With Survivors of Sexual Violence
- May 17: Safety Planning in a Digital Age
- May 21: Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control in Abusive Relationships: Practical Skills and Implementation
- June 10: De-mystifying Care of Patients with Mental Illness Following a Sexual Assault
- June 14: The Impact of Violence, Trauma, and Racial Oppression on Survivors
- June 19: Healing the Body: Exploring Comprehensive Medical Advocacy
- Anti-Violence Project: multiple positions (New York, NY)
- Center for Safety & Change: multiple positions (New City, NY)
- Common Justice: multiple positions (Brooklyn, NY)
- DREAM (formerly known as Harlem RBI): Elementary Youth Development Specialist (Bronx, NY)
- Equinox: multiple positions (Albany, NY)
- Family Services: multiple positions (Poughkeepsie, Beacon, and Middletown, NY)
- Good Shepherd Services: Training Coordinator (Bronx, NY)
- Hamilton College: Assistant Director of Community Standards (Clinton, NY)
- In Our Own Voices, Inc.: multiple positions (Albany, NY)
- NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault: multiple positions (New York, NY)
- Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center: multiple positions (Mahopec, NY)
- Safe Homes of Orange County: multiple positions (Newburgh, NY)
- Sanctuary for Families: multiple positions (New York, NY)
- The Safe Center, LI: multiple positions (Bethpage, NY)
- Vera House, Inc.: multiple positions (Syracuse, NY)
- Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk: multiple positions (Islandia, NY)
- Violence Intervention Program, Inc.: multiple positions (New York, NY)
- Wellspring: multiple positions (Saratoga Springs, NY)
- Womankind: multiple positions (New York, NY)
New Resource: Announcing the New York State Trauma-Informed Network
In 2016, the New York State Office of Mental Health and Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI) convened trauma-informed care champions from around the state to connect and collaborate with one another. As a result, through funding made available from the NYS Office of Mental Health, CCSI, Inc. has announced the launch of a new virtual network to enhance resources, collaboration and communication among individuals and agencies implementing trauma-responsive practices. The New York State Trauma-Informed Network connects advocates of trauma-responsive practices and systems to provide access to quality resources and foster communication. The information found on the website is applicable for all ages and takes a cross-sector focus to support to support integrated care from a trauma-informed, trauma-sensitive lens.
What We’re Reading
- Immigration Group Sees Nearly 80 Percent Spike in Reports of ‘Abusive Partners’ Threatening to Call ICE to Stop Victims from Pressing Charges
- Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind
- “You Have to Pay With Your Body” The Hidden Nightmare of Violence on the Border
- Native American Women Are Facing a Crisis
- The #MeToo Movement Hasn’t Been Inclusive of the Disability Community
- Advocating for Other Sexual Assault Survivors Helps Me Heal From My Own Trauma
- Measuring #MeToo: A National Study on Sexual Harassment and Assault by UC San Diego Center on Gender Equity and Health, Stop Street Harassment, RALIANCE, NORC at the University of Chicago, CALCASA, and Promundo
- Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative Final Report by the Resource Sharing Project and National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector by the Building Movement Project
- Economic Security and Safe Relationships: Pathways and Actions for Partner Violence Prevention by the Prevention Institute
- Safeguarding the Integrity of Our Courts: The Impact of ICE Courthouse Operations in New York State by the ICE Out of Courts Coalition
- Engaging Youth in IPV Prevention: Lessons Learned from DELTA FOCUS by the IPV Prevention Council
- NYS OVS Compensation Training Series: A new series of training videos from OVS designed for advocates and other professionals who assist individuals and families with obtaining services, support, and financial assistance in the aftermath of violence.
- BlackWomenToo: Mapping Violence Against Black Women: An interactive site that visualizes the systems that put Black women’s minds and bodies at risk, created by Color Of Change.
- Strengthening Tribal Response to Violence Against Native Women Initiative: Provides training, technical assistance and resources for tribal governments and programs that do not currently have Office on Violence Against Women(OVW) grant funding.
- Healing Trauma: A new resource from Jane Doe, Inc., for advocates, service providers, policymakers, and anyone interested in deepening their understanding of the impact of individual, vicarious, and historical trauma and oppression and how to foster resilience.
- TransformHarmorg: A resource hub about ending violence that offers an introduction to transformative justice, created by Mariame Kaba.
- ACEs Connection: An online platform for child health providers, child care providers, mental health professionals, and community based organizations to come together to promote a more trauma–informed community and improve outcomes for children.
Volunteer at NYSCASA!
NYSCASA is currently seeking volunteers to assist with our Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Project. We are looking for individuals who are able to volunteer at our office in Albany, NY, within the hours of 8AM-5PM Monday–Thursday. Click here to read more about the project.
All are encouraged to apply!
Join the NYSCASA Board of Directors
NYSCASA is seeking candidates for its Board of Directors. We are interested in candidates from all regions of New York State who have knowledge and skills in: nonprofit management; organizational planning; fund raising; finance; personnel management; legal matters; or public relations. We are looking for candidates who are prepared to: raise funds; support the executive director; engage in Board and organizational development, including long–term planning; ensure the agency’s legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability; and donate to the agency. For more information or to apply, please contact Sam Mitchell at email@example.com or 518–482–4222 x311.