Painting a Picture of Campus Sexual Violence
Sarah McMahon, School of Social Work, Rutgers University
The issue of campus sexual violence has recently been elevated to the level of national dialogue. Many colleges and universities are struggling to meet new federal mandates as well as implement best practices to both prevent and respond to campus sexual violence. This presentation will review the current data and trends related to campus sexual violence, including discussion of recent mandates and guidance issued at the federal level.
The presentation identifies a number of strengths and promising practices that have emerged over recent years related to campus sexual assault using a socio-ecological framework and with a specific focus on prevention, programming, and policy. In addition, the unintended consequences of recent action and areas needing further attention are addressed. The key role of advocates in creating continued positive change and linking campuses with the community is emphasized.
Sexual Violence in Indigenous Communities in New Mexico
David Adams, US DOJ, US Attorney’s Office
Are we beyond building capacity and awareness, or are we just reaching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to responding to sexual violence in our communities?
How victim advocates, tribal leaders, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and healthcare professionals work collaboratively to respond to generational trauma plays a crucial role in breaking the cycle of violence.
Surviving Sexual Violence: How the System Worked and Helped Me Heal
Charlene Bencomo shares her emotional journey from sexual assault victim to warrior princess. A violent sexual assault in 1999 left her beaten, traumatized, and begrudgingly immersed in the intimate workings of the criminal justice system. Through her real-life experiences with the inner workings of sexual assault, Charlene shares firsthand expertise and guidance for those working directly and indirectly with sexual assault survivors. She offers guidance for those working directly and indirectly with sexual assault survivors by detailing a firsthand account of the obstacles she encountered, and the life-altering support received beginning minutes after her attack and extending throughout her court proceedings nearly fourteen years later.
What Dr. Seuss Knows about Doing THIS Job!
Dan Powers, Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County TX
Dr. Seuss helps us gain some insight on our daily struggles, doubts and the reasons we stay in this job. Dan Powers discusses the places you go, the choices you make and how they give us the courage to move mountains. Discover how lucky you are to do what you do. Whether you like them here or there, stress will find you anywhere. Come enjoy an hour or two; if you’re old or if you’re new.
The Advocacy in Action conference seeks to present a wide variety of topics, issues and exhibits. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the following supporting organizations: the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission, the State of New Mexico, the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc., the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the Office for Victims of Crime, the Children’s Justice Act Advocacy Group.
These organizations neither endorse nor assume responsibility for the concepts expressed during these programs.
Children’s Justice Act Advisory Group (CJAAG)
This project was supported by Grant No. 2014-WR-AX-0016 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.