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Save the Date for the Next SVPN Meeting

The next Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN) meeting will be held on Monday, May 21, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at 1527 Prairie Drive, Worthington, MN 56187. Registration is now open!

Presentation: Jump Back Into Your Youth! Experience the Southwest Crisis Center’s Prevention Programming

Step into the shoes of a young person going through one of the Southwest Crisis Center’s sexual violence prevention programs. In this interactive presentation, you’ll get the opportunity to dive in and participate in multiple activities and curriculums centered around healthy masculinity, consent, bystander intervention, health relationships, and more! You’ll have the opportunity to see the full range of services that SWCC’s G.R.A.C.E. (Give Respect and Cultivate Excellence) program offers, from prevention presentations to youth discussion groups to one on one emotional support. 

Presenters: Seth Quam, Juli Fast, Miranda Roskamp, Bianca Alvarez, and Allan Bakke will present from the Southwest Crisis Center. 

Meeting Agenda:

10:30-10:45 a.m.
Registration and networking

10:45-10:55 a.m.
Welcome: Adrianna Perez, MNCASA and Amy Kenzie, Minnesota Department of Health

10:55-11:20 a.m.
Prevention Overview: Mary Hopkins and Marissa Raguet, Minnesota Department of Health

11:20-11:30 a.m.

11:30-12:55 p.m.
Jump Back Into Your Youth! Experience the Southwest Crisis Center’s Prevention Programming

12:55-1:00 p.m.
Final closing, adjourn

Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) Call for Proposals: Community Prevention Partnership Program

This summer, MNCASA will be funding two prevention positions at two organizations. Learn more about the Community Prevention Partnerships Program, watch the informational webinar, and download the RFP. Proposals are due May 24, 2018.

Upcoming Webinar: Addressing Access to Alcohol and Alcohol Environments for Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention

Prevent Connect announces the next webinar in their 2018 series, Addressing Access to Alcohol and Alcohol Environments for Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention. While alcohol alone may not be a driver of violence, research shows that an increased concentration of alcohol establishments in communities heightens risk for multiple forms of violence, including sexual and domestic violence. This web conference will reference the evidence demonstrating connections between alcohol outlet density and violence such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s technical packages. Guests will share actions they are taking to map liquor licenses and rates of violence, address norms that often accompany alcohol establishments, and implement related policies and practices.

Bring Her Home Conference

Please join the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center for their upcoming conference, Bring Her Home: Creating Tribal Responses to Commercial Sexual Exploitation.

This conference will be held June 12-14, 2018 at Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, MN. The two and a half day summit will address the question: How can we address commercial sexual exploitation in tribal communities? Bring Her Home is targeted for people working within Native communities and/or with those in Native communities impacted by commercial sexual exploitation or sex trafficking.

This is the frightening way fossil fuels and violence against native women are connected

In this Bustle op-ed, Eryn Wise, Jicarilla Apache/Laguna Pueblo, sheds light on the sexual abuses that happen in Indigenous communities as a result of extractive industries. She shares her own insights as a Native woman who has lived in North Dakota and Iowa and discusses how the boom in the oil industry has changed the demographics, and safety, of many small towns.

Disrupting racial inequity facing survivors: Doing the internal and external work

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center reviews a new resource in this thoughtful blog postDisrupting racial inequity facing survivors: Doing the internal and external work. Fear must not keep us from having bold conversations. Fear limits our ability as sexual and domestic violence prevention advocates to address the roots of violence. It’s the fear of talking about racial inequity – saying the wrong thing or being called racist – and also fear of retaliation for wanting to talk about it. In turn, we can recreate these same inequities within organizations. This conversation is for everyone – we all need to work from the places we have privilege.

Lawmakers unveil proposal to redefine what sexual harassment means in Minnesota

House Republican Majority Leader Joyce Peppin recently proposed adding a new line to the Minnesota Human Rights Act’s definition of sexual harassment: “An intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment does not require the harassing conduct or communication to be severe or pervasive.” That language would nullify in the state a decades-old “severe or pervasive” legal standard used by judges to determine if any sexual harassment case could be actionable — or even heard — in court. This could change sexual harassment lawsuits in every Minnesota workplace.

Utah Survey: LGBTQ people more likely to face sexual violence

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) surveyed about 10,000 Utah adults in 2016, asking, among other questions, whether respondents had ever been raped or if someone had ever attempted to rape them. One in 10 adults in the state — both men and women — said they had experienced sexual violence at least once, according to the report. The rate was considerably higher — 1 in 6 — for women. Close to half of bisexual people and a third of lesbian or gay people surveyed reported experiencing sexual violence at some time in their life, compared to less than nine percent for those who identify as straight, the report said.

DRESS CODED: Black Girls, Bodies, and Bias in D.C. Schools

Black girls in Washington D.C. lose out on the chance to learn simply because of what they wear. Students are removed from the classroom and even sent home, often illegally, for violating strict dress codes. These rules aren’t neutral: many target girls, and especially Black girls, by regulating skirt length and headwraps. And the rules aren’t applied equally, either.

DRESS CODED: Black Girls, Bodies, and Bias in D.C. Schools, the National Women’s Law Center and 20 Black girls who live and learn in D.C. expose common problems with D.C. dress codes, discusses the impact on students, and propose better policies. The good news is that the co-authors have great ideas about how schools can do better. In the report, readers will find a checklist for schools and policy recommendations for school leaders, district leaders, and local government.

Do you have an upcoming event or new resource you would like to share with the Sexual Violence Prevention Network? Contact Mary Hopkins at