03 Oct NYSCASA Monthly Digest – October 2019
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Beyond the Breakthrough: 2019 National Sexual Assault Conference
In August, two NYSCASA staff members attended the 2019 National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC): PREA Outreach Coordinator E Bjorkman and Communications Director Chelsea Miller.
This year’s theme was “Beyond the Breakthrough,” which focused on ways to best support survivors who have long been overlooked by mainstream sexual assault services and critically examined the role of oppression in fostering sexual violence and determining who can access sexual assault services and what services are provided.
Op-ed: Sex education advances health, well-being of youth
As the 2020 legislative session approaches, we must reflect on what has been accomplished to protect and empower the youth of New York state: Do they have the tools they need to lead healthy and productive lives? NYSCASA, Prevent Child Abuse New York, and Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts urge lawmakers to pass legislation (A6512/S4484) that would advance the health and well-being of our youth through comprehensive sex education and encouraging educational and community support systems. Read our full statement here.
Engaging Men and Boys at Vera House, Inc.
The Worker Institute at Cornell University recently conducted a survey of participants in the Engaging Men & Boys Program at Vera House, Inc. The survey findings were published in a recent article: https://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/reports/68
The Engaging Men & Boys Program provides opportunities for boys and men to engage in leadership conversations, challenge assumptions, and change cultural norms that allow violence to occur. Learn more about the program.
Webinar: Shifting the Dialogue on Engaging Men and Healthy Relationships (October 8)
On October 8, join NYSCASA for a powerful webinar with Don McPherson, author of You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity. This session will provide an overview of the state of the field of addressing sexual violence in higher education with a focus on engaging boys and men. The discussion will offer new perspectives on bystander behavior programs and education around “consent.” The goal of this session is provide strategies to build sustainable programming to engage men; taking this beyond prevention and toward healthy relationships and aspirational masculinity. Register here.
Northeast Region: Addressing Alcohol’s Role in Campus Sexual Assault: A Toolkit Skill-Building Workshop (October 10)
Northeast Region Enough Is Enough providers are invited to attend this skill-building workshop that serves as a follow-up to the webinar on Addressing Alcohol’s Role in Campus Sexual Assault: A Toolkit for and by Prevention Specialists (Part 1). The workshop will focus on practicing some of the activities outlined in the toolkit, specifically on:
- Developing partnerships/collaborations.
- Exploring cultural aspects of developing messaging.
- Reviewing current local programming already in place and identifying gaps.
- Next steps for developing campus messaging.
Enough Is Enough providers in the Northeast Region can register for this training here. The training will also be offered to EIE providers in other regions throughout the state; locations and dates to be announced.
Cultural Safety Training in Akwesasne (October 23–24)
Join our sibling coalition, Seven Dancers Coalition, on October 23–24 for a training on cultural safety and skills and awareness for working with people from marginalized populations. Cultural safety moves beyond the concept of cultural sensitivity to analyze power imbalances, institutional discrimination, and colonization. Registration is required. Learn more and register here.
Webinar: The Role of Advocates Within the Forensic Exam Process (October 23)
In order to best serve survivors of sexual assault in an emergency department setting, it is imperative for advocates to be well acquainted with the forensic exam process. During this webinar, presenters will thoroughly explain the forensic exam from start to finish, including medical history, assault history, physical exam, and evidence collection.
Presenters will also discuss the role that advocates have working as a team with forensic examiners to best support survivors. Presenters are Nancy Harris and Lindsey Crusan-Muse. Register here.
Elder Abuse Prevention Event in Syracuse (November 7)
Join Vera House, Inc., for an event, “How Can We Prevent Elder Abuse Before It Happens?” with Alan Berkowitz, independent consultant and national expert in the field of violence prevention. Topics covered include an overview of primary prevention, best practices in primary prevention, skill building and personal awareness exercises, and community goal setting. Read more and register here.
Trauma Stewardship Event in Syracuse (November 14)
Join Vera House, Inc., for a two-part event, “Navigating Amidst Overwhelming Times: Whether because of trauma, crises, or really, really hard days,” with trauma expert Laura van Dernoot Lipsky. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others and The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies for the Long Haul. Read more and register here.
2020 Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention Conference: Ending Violence Without Violence (Syracuse, NY)
NYSCASA is thrilled to announce that we are co-creating a conference to be held in 2020 with Seven Dancers Coalition, the Indigenous anti-violence coalition in New York State and Haudenosaunee Country, and Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action, a new project led by Mariame Kaba and Andrea Ritchie at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. The 2020 Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention Conference will be held in Syracuse, NY, on June 4–6, 2020, with a pre-conference institute on June 3.
This conference will provide a space for survivors, advocates, counselors, victim assistance programs, allied organizations, and community members across New York State and Haudenosaunee Country to develop the knowledge, skills, and courage to implement community-centered practices to prevent and respond to harm and sexual violence.
Speakers and registration information to be announced. Pre-conference programming will be announced in the coming months.
Sign up to receive updates about the 2020 conference here: bit.ly/NYSCASA2020
For information about additional upcoming events, be sure to check NYSCASA’s calendar!
Sexual Violence in the News
- CNN: At-home rape kits now off the market
- USA Today: Catholic Archdiocese of New York removes all priests accused of sex abuse, report says
- Columbia Chronicle: [Columbia University] prevails in Title IX court decision
- AP News: [Plácido] Domingo withdraws from [Metropolitan] Opera after harassment reports
- PBS News Hour: How Chanel Miller, victim of Brock Turner sexual assault, is no longer just ‘Emily Doe’
- NPR: Reporters dig into Justice Kavanaugh’s past, allegations of misconduct against him
- Los Angeles Times: About 1 in 16 U.S. women say they were forced or coerced into losing their virginity
- NBC News: Study reveals lasting effects of sexual assault among female veterans
- The New York Times: Six men tell their stories of sexual assault in the military
- AP News: Antonio Brown cut by Patriots amid sexual misconduct claims
Sexual Violence in Media
- Wear Your Voice: Hysteria by any other name: How media rely on the trope of emotional womanhood
- Bustle: The ‘Unbelievable’ rape kit scenes show the brutal reality of what happens after an assault
- WNYC: Athletes and sexual assault: Why survivors should be centered in the conversation
- TIME: Law & Order: SVU changed the TV landscape. It also changed how people think about sexual assault.
- Ms. Magazine: Sexual assault and sham investigations: Inside the latest headlines about Brett Kavanaugh
- Buzzfeed News: Two #MeToo books were just published. One is great. The other shows you what not to do.
- The Conversation: Drawing Power review: a searing comics anthology on sexual violence
Jobs at NYSCASA and Rape Crisis Member Programs
- Campus Projects Director – New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (Albany, NY)
- Grants Compliance Director – New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (Albany, NY)
- Multiple positions – Advocacy Center of Tompkins County (Ithaca, NY)
- Multiple positions – Anti-Violence Project (New York, NY)
- Multiple positions – CAMBA (Brooklyn, NY)
- Multiple positions – Center for Safety and Change (New City, NY)
- Multiple positions – Family Services, Inc. (Poughkeepsie and Kingston, NY)
- Outreach and Education Specialist – RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, Planned Parenthood of Central and Western NY (Rochester, NY)
- Paralegal – RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, Planned Parenthood of Central and Western NY (Warsaw, NY)
- Crisis Center Supervisor – Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program (SACVAP), Samaritan Hospital (Troy, NY)
- Multiple positions – The Safe Center LI (Bethpage, NY)
- Multiple positions – Vera House, Inc.
- Multiple positions – Wellspring (Saratoga Springs, NY)
- Multiple positions – YWCA Northeastern NY (Schenectady, NY)
Jobs at Allied Organizations
- MENar Program Manager & COMPASS High Site Director – Arab-American Family Support Center (New York, NY)
- Multiple positions – Center for Court Innovation (New York, NY; multiple locations)
- Multiple positions – Common Justice (Bronx and Brooklyn, NY)
- Multiple positions – Empire Justice Center (Rochester, NY)
- Restorative Justice Specialist – Global Kids (New York, NY)
- Staff Attorney – Grace Smith House (Poughkeepsie, NY)
- Program Assistant – Housing Works (New York, NY)
- Multiple positions – Jane Doe Inc. (Boston, MA)
- Legal Director – The Legal Project (Albany, NY)
- Multiple positions – Legal Services NYC (New York, NY)
- Mental Health Counselor (LGBTQ+) – Mount Sinai Institute for Advanced Medicine (New York, NY)
- Communications Officer – National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (Lame Deer, MT, or off-site location negotiable)
- Part-Time Coordinator – New York City Abolitionist Youth Organizing Institute (New York, NY)
- Multiple Positions – NYC Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (New York, NY)
- Multiple positions – Sanctuary for Families (New York, NY)
- Multiple positions – Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region and Albany SNUG (Albany, NY)
- Multiple positions – VIP Mujeres (New York, NY)
- Multiple positions – Womankind (New York, NY)