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It's My Prerogative: Consent and Healthy Sexuality for People with Disabilities
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Provided by: Vera Center on Victimization + Safety

Date and Time: August 22, 2018 / 4:00 am – 5:30 am ChsT

People with disabilities, particularly developmental disabilities, are more likely to experience sexual violence than people without disabilities. Unfortunately, people with developmental disabilities are also less likely to receive information about healthy sexuality and how to identify violence in their sexual encounters. This lack of information contributes to a lack of safety and autonomy. Sexual self-advocacy ensures that people with developmental disabilities understand safe and healthy sexual relationships and the issues associated with safe relationships, particularly consent. This webinar will review the need for sexuality education for people with disabilities, issues around consent to sex for people with disabilities, how to talk to people with disabilities about consent, and resources for discussing sexuality with people with disabilities with the ultimate goal of promoting safe and autonomous sexual relationships.

End Abuse of People with Disabilities Webinars are designed for practitioners and policymakers interested in ending violence against people with disabilities and Deaf individuals. Registration closes two weeks before the webinar date. 

If you have questions about our webinars, or need assistance registering, please contact us at or at 212.376.3096. You can also visit our website at
Think. Rethink: Mandatory Reporting Practices
Time: 5:00 am – 6:30 am ChST

Provided by: NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse

Content: Results of a recent survey indicate mandated reporting impacts domestic violence survivors, and most often that impact is detrimental. 50% of survivors in the survey said the mandatory report made things “much worse.” Youth under 18 and trans* and gender variant people were especially impacted – almost half said that they had avoided seeking support for fear that they would be reported. Youth and especially LGBTQ youth are not talking to trusted adults about their relationships because of fear of being reported. In this webinar, we will unpack the impact of mandatory reporting on help seeking and identify practical strategies advocates can use to decrease negative consequences of reporting and increase survivor safety and self-determination.

Presenter: Connie Burk & Carrie Lippy, the National LGBTQ Institute on Intimate Partner Violence

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Leveraging Relationships: The Role of the Advocate in Tracking System Response
Time: 5:00 am – 6:15 am ChST

Provided by: Praxis International, Technical Assistance on the Blueprint for Safety

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A comprehensive criminal legal system response to domestic violence crimes designed to stop violence, reduce harm, and save lives.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018             2:00 - 3:15 pm Central

Leveraging Relationships: 
The Role of the Advocate in Tracking System Response
Over the past four decades of system reform efforts in the criminal legal system, advocates have recognized the importance of developing relationships with system partners. Many advocacy programs have worked diligently to overcome difficult history with judges, prosecutors, law enforcement or others. The more we have learned about practitioner's experiences with responding to domestic violence crimes the more we have come to understand the demands of their jobs and identified common goals.
Although some collective goals have been achieved because of these relationships, the values and goals of advocates and system practitioners are not always aligned. Bringing problematic responses and outcomes to the attention of our system partners, while preserving and respecting those relationships, can be a difficult task. Attend our upcoming webinar to hear from two community-based advocates who have taken on this challenging work. Guest presenters (bios below) will talk about:
  • The unique and vital role community-based advocates take on as outside observers of how the criminal legal system responds to domestic violence.
  • How to maintain partnerships with system practitioners even when giving voice to the negative or harmful experiences of survivors with system intervention.
  • Strategies for overcoming challenges and succeeding in improving practitioners' responses and victims' experiences with criminal legal system intervention.
Please email to share any challenges you are currently facing in your system reform work that you would like to receive feedback on during the webinar.

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We are committed to access and inclusion for our trainings, and strive to ensure all events are as accessible as possible for participants with disabilities, limited English proficiency (LEP), and Deaf participants. We ask for registration at least seven days before an event to allow adequate time to accommodate requests. We offer live webinar closed-captioning and visually accessible PowerPoints. If you need assistance with registration, require an alternate format to register, or need other help to register or participate, please contact: 
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  Presenter bios 
Rose Thelen is a Technical Assistance Partner for Praxis International, providing training and technical assistance to rural grantees and Advocacy Learning Center participants on CCRs, child protection reform, and other institutional advocacy efforts.  Recently, Rose coordinated a child protection assessment project, utilizing Praxis newest assessment tool. With Praxis, she also authored Make the Call, a resource for advocates in a CCR.  Rose co-founded the Gender Violence Institute in 1993. In that capacity she coordinated a 10-county project to develop protocols among advocacy programs, law enforcement, and County Attorney's offices and a multi-jurisdictional Tribal/ County CCR with the MN Chippewa Tribe. She also participated in the St. Paul Praxis Safety and Accountability Audit, which resulted in the Blueprint for Safety. Prior to 1995, Rose was a shelter advocate; founded and coordinated a CCR; served as Legislative Coordinator for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW).  Rose trains domestically and internationally on CCR methodologies, law enforcement investigations, individual and systems advocacy, batterers and battered women's groups, the overlap of child welfare and domestic violence and organizational development for social justice.  Rose served as a Wright County  Commissioner and is now a township supervisor.
Bree Adams Bill is an advocate, Blueprint for Safety Coordinator, and Program Director at the Saint Paul and Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project. She has worked with battered women for over twenty years. As a community-based, domestic abuse, legal advocate, Bree has been instrumental in sustaining a Coordinated Community Response Team in partnership with the criminal legal system in St. Paul/Ramsey County to ensure victims of battering receive the responses and services they need and deserve. Through her advocacy experience and knowledge of the criminal legal system, Bree participated in the development and enhancement of the St. Paul Blueprint for Safety and the creation of its companion piece, The Distinct and Vital Role of a Legal and System Advocate. She facilitates focus groups of women to ensure victim/survivor experiences remain at the forefront of any response designed to serve them and incorporates such when training locally, statewide and nationally. She serves on numerous committees addressing victim-centered services, unintended consequences of the criminal and family legal system. For three years, Bree was the Coordinator for the IN-CIRCLED Project, a batterer intervention program for highly dangerous, repeat offenders. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a focus on community intervention and prevention.
  Blueprint resources 
A step-by-step resource to becoming a Blueprint for Safety community, the Guide lays out the phases, processes, and key people needed to do Blueprint work.
A companion document to The Saint Paul Blueprint for Safety designed to be used by communities that want to adapt the Blueprint to their 
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Current and past Blueprint newsletters highlighting Blueprint communities and tips for using the Blueprint.
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Surviving & Thriving: Supporting Teens After Sexual Abuse
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Provided by: Resource Sharing Project Rural Training & Technical Assistance
Date: August 22, 2018
Time: 5:00 am – 6:30 am ChST

Teens are at a much higher risk of sexual violence than adult members of the community yet often are the least empowered to seek the services they need. This rural webinar will provide an opportunity for rural advocacy agencies to come together and learn about best practices in support teen sexual assault survivors. Topics will include outreach to rural teens, accommodations in services, holistic practices, and working with the parents and guardians of teen survivors.