NYSCASA Monthly Digest – December 2019

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Coalition News


NYSCASA Is Hiring!

NYSCASA is currently hiring for two full-time positions at our Albany office:

We are looking for candidates who are dedicated to our mission of ending sexual violence while addressing the intersections of oppression and injustice.

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume by email to Sam Mitchell at smitchell@nyscasa.org.


Upcoming Events


Best Practices for Working with DV Criminalized Survivors, Incarcerated Survivors, and Formerly Incarcerated Survivors (December 12)

On December 12, in Albany, NY, join the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Women and Justice Project (WJP), and STEPS to End Family Violence – Rising Ground, for “Best Practices for Working with DV Criminalized Survivors, Incarcerated Survivors, and Formerly Incarcerated Survivors.” Topics to be covered include: the intersections of domestic violence and the criminal legal system; criminalized survivors and their journey through the criminal legal system; best practices for serving incarcerated and formerly incarcerated survivors as well as those under community supervision; supporting DV survivors after incarceration; and, the impact of the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act on DV criminalized survivors and those currently incarcerated and how it can be applied. Register here.

Rensselaer County SART 9th Annual Conference (January 16)

On January 16, in Troy, NY, the Rensselaer County SART offers its ninth annual training opportunity for professionals who work to reduce sexual assault, and/or work with sexual assault victims/survivors. This year, the conference will focus on creating inclusion in our communities. This unique conference offers the opportunity for individuals from various disciplines, who often work on complex cases together, to train alongside one another. We anticipate that this conference will draw attendees from throughout New York State who represent the victim services, law enforcement, healthcare, higher education, mental health, and criminal justice fields. Students are also welcome at this training. Register here.

Webinar Series: Ending Violence Without Violence

NYSCASA is pleased to announce our new webinar series, Ending Violence Without Violence, which will serve as lead-up programming for our conference of the same name (see below). The series will introduce participants to the core principles of Restorative Justice, Transformative Justice, Community Accountability, and other community-centered approaches to violence prevention and response. Participants will develop a shared analysis of interpersonal violence—specifically sexual violence—and a shared understanding of the importance of community-based approaches to sexual violence prevention and intervention. The webinar series will underscore the importance of building communities that can prevent sexual violence, respond to harm, and heal trauma. Registration links to come.

January 29: Introducing “Ending Violence Without Violence”

In this session, participants will learn about the state of efforts to end sexual violence in mainstream and community contexts, how we got here, and where we hope to go. Presenters: Mariame Kaba (Barnard Center for Research on Women) and Jonel Beauvais (Seven Dancers Coalition)

February 5: Restorative Approaches to Sexual Violence

This webinar will introduce participants to the core principles of restorative justice. Participants will learn about how restorative practices can be used to address sexual violence. This session will also address concerns and challenges to implementing restorative justice practices. Presenter: sujatha baliga (Impact Justice)

February 19: Transformative Approaches to Sexual Violence

This webinar will introduce participants to the core principles of transformative justice and community accountability and how these frameworks can be used to address sexual violence. Presenters: Stas Schmiedt and A. Lea Roth (Spring Up)

Ending Violence Without Violence Conference (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.

Sign up to receive updates about the 2020 conference here: bit.ly/NYSCASA2020




In-Person Training Opportunities



For information about additional upcoming events, be sure to check NYSCASA’s calendar!


Sexual Violence in the News



New and Noteworthy Resources


Stop It Now! Helpline Report

Stop It Now! recently published a new report about the Stop It Now! Helpline. The helpline offers accessible and confidential information, guidance, and support to anyone who is concerned about their own feelings or someone else’s sexualized feelings or behaviors toward children, worried that a child has been sexually harmed, or simply seeking information about preventing abuse. The new report shares not only data but the stories and insights that have resulted from the sheer presence of this unique and critical prevention resource. The data, combined with the personal voices and stories gathered from our confidential and anonymous Helpline users, demonstrates that the Helpline fills an essential need in child sexual abuse prevention—a safe place for adults to talk about and get help with extremely sensitive, difficult and often terrifying concerns. Read the full report here.

Building Accountable Communities: A Video Series

Accountability is a familiar buzz-word in contemporary social movements, but what does it mean? How do we work toward it? In this series of four short videos, anti-violence activists Kiyomi Fujikawa and Shannon Perez-Darby ask and explore: What does it look like to be accountable to survivors without exiling or disposing those who do harm? Learn more and watch the series here.

Repairing Harm: A Better Alternative to Punishment

In this blog post and podcast interview, Cult of Pedagogy discusses the practice of repairing harm as an alternative to punishment with Brad Weinstein and Nathan Maynard, authors of Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy & Responsibility Using Restorative Justice. Read more and listen here.


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