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From The Safe Sport Law To Your Organizational Policies: Preventing Sexual Abuse In Adaptive Sports


Most organizational leaders are concerned about preventing sexual abuse in their programs, yet at times it can be hard to know where to begin. This web conference will provide a practical overview of how to develop and implement an organizational prevention plan, which includes policies, staff training, and creating a strong organizational culture. An adaptive sports organization leader will share his experience of developing and implementing a sexual abuse prevention policy and an experienced facilitator of organizational strategic planning around abuse prevention will present tools and strategies your organization can use. The web conference will also provide an overview of the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, effective February 14, 2018, and the steps leaders can take to ensure that their programs are meeting the requirements. Links to examples of organizational prevention policies are provided below, as well as sample planning documents to help leaders assess your programs’ greatest needs and strengths. This web conference is useful to anyone who is interested, but will focus specifically on organizations that support athletes with disabilities. This web conference took place April 10, 2019.

GUESTS:

Meg Stone, Director, IMPACT & IMPACT:Ability Triangle 

Katie Hanna, Director of Education, U.S. Center for SafeSport

Joe Walsh, President & Director, Adaptive Sports New England

OBJECTIVES:

Apply learning to create policies, culture, and training to prevent sexual violence in organizations

Cite examples of tools and policies to help organizations implement prevention programming

Assess organizations’ compliance of federal legislation for protections against sexual violence, abuse, and harassment

MATERIALS:

Web conference PowerPoint slides [PDF]

Management and Leadership for Abuse Prevention Principles [PDF]

Prevention Plan Worksheet [PDF]

SEEM Collaborative Touch Guidelines [PDF]

Adaptive Sport New England Safe Sport Policy [PDF]

Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies & SafeSport Code [link]

A Conversation with Tony West, Uber

Last night RALIANCE recognized individuals whose leadership are helping create a world free from sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse once and for all.

One of those honored was Tony West Chief Legal Officer at Uber. Mr. West  received the RALIANCE Corporate Innovator award as the first to remove the requirement of mandatory arbitration for sexual assault survivors in the ride share industry.

Ebony Tucker, Advocacy Director sat down with Tony to talk about Uber’s upcoming release of their transparency report that will include sexual assault incidents and how advocates can work with corporations. 

Join Us for a Briefing on the Work Of Rape Crisis Centers

Across the country, 1500 local agencies provide the frontline response to the widespread and devastating problem of sexual assault in our communities. From survivor support to prevention with youth to systems advocacy, these programs are providing the leadership we need to address and end sexual violence. Join us to discuss their essential work as well as policy solutions on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 2-3pmET on Capitol Hill in 385 Senate Russell Office Building

Moderator Monika Johnson Hostler, NCCASA Executive Director, RALIANCE Managing Partner, and NAESV President will facilitate a panel including: Indira Henard, Executive Director of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center Washington D.C.; Julie Donelon, President & CEO of MOCSA in Kansas City, MO; Johna Sullivan, Executive Director Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center in Adel, IA; and Barbara Kappos, Executive Director of the East Los Angeles Women’s Center in Los Angeles, CA.

For more information, contact Terri Poore at [email protected]   

Making an IMPACT

Last week, IMPACT’s work was featured in the Boston area about their work with sport and prevention of sexual violence and harassment. IMPACT, a RALIANCE grantee, has created a curriculum that could prove to be a national model for addressing sexual violence for athletes with disabilities. Take a moment and learn more about their work.

RALIANCE believes that sport can be part of the solution to end sexual and domestic violence in one generation. To learn more about our work and resources check out the Sport and Prevention Center: http://www.raliance.org/sport-prevention-center/.

Sport is Part of the Solution to End Sexual and Domestic Violence – Watch the Web Conference

With millions of young people participating in sport every year, sport is uniquely positioned to take action toward ending sexual and domestic violence. Sport develops young people by teaching skills, values, and practices which can get to the root causes of sexual and domestic violence to prevent it.

Speakers Alan Heisterkamp of the University of Northern Iowa, Valencia Peterson of Open Door Abuse Awareness & Prevention, and Ward Urion of LifeWire will share how they have been able to develop partnerships with school programs, coaches, and athletes to help implement prevention strategies in athletics.

Sport can be part of the solution to ending sexual and domestic violence. Join us February 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm Eastern as RALIANCE partners with PreventConnect for an informative webinar on how you can harness the power and influence of sport to prevent sexual and domestic violence in your community. 

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Identify key elements of how secondary and youth athletic programs can instill personal responsibility, promote respectful behavior, in working to prevent sexual violence and relationship abuse.

2. Describe the values of partnerships between sexual and domestic violence prevention experts and high school sport programs and coaches.

3. Identify challenges and solutions to working with and within athletic programs and administrators on sexual and domestic violence prevention.

The Art of an Apology: What the Catholic Church continues to get wrong on sexual abuse

With the Catholic Church convening last week for a historic summit on sexual abuse, one might be tempted to think that finally, one of the world’s largest and most powerful organizations is taking responsibility and addressing the systemic failures that enabled the sexual abuse suffered by thousands at the hands of clergy members all around the world.

But as advocates for sexual abuse prevention and for the survivors of these horrific crimes, the Church’s decades-long response as story after story has come to light has been woefully insufficient.

Until the Church apologizes, fully and without qualification, for years of covering up and enabling abuse, it will fall far short of its mission. It is not enough to simply say mistakes have been made. There must be an expression of regret for the ways in which perpetrators have been given free access to vulnerable people across the communities, leading the systemic abuse of women and children. Atrocities and perpetrators must be named, including those who colluded with perpetrators and covered the crimes to protect the institution, and concrete action steps must be taken to prevent these crimes from ever happening again. A pledge that cases will be handled internally is insufficient and only reinforces the culture of secrecy that has enabled the abuse; clear and transparent protocols should be put in place for reporting sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse to an outside entity that is accountable to survivors.

Faced with the staggering scale of the crimes perpetuated under the Church’s watch, an apology seems like the bare minimum. And yet, even as the Church has begun to acknowledge and grapple with the damage that decades of abuse has wrought, it has been in half-measures, rather than a complete accounting.

Researchers have found six components of an effective apology. Here, instead, is what the Church could have done, should have done, and must do in the future to communicate their apology and do right by the survivors of sexual abuse:

“We are deeply sorry to every single person who has suffered abuse at the hands of one of our leaders, in whom they placed their valuable trust.”

“For too long, we as a Church have prioritized secrecy and protecting our own over uncovering the truth and helping prevent sexual abuse.”

“We are solely to blame for the abuse of thousands, and the suffering they and those who love them have endured.”

“We apologize fully and unequivocally to any and all who have been harmed by our neglect.”

“Going forward, we are implementing meaningful changes to ensure this never happens again. We will work with local authorities to investigate allegations of abuse, rather than simply conducting an internal investigation. And we pledge to refer victims and families to rape crisis centers and other qualified counselors in their communities to support healing on their own terms.”

“We hope that those we have wronged can find it in their hearts to excuse our sins.”

Beyond a comprehensive apology, representatives of the Church will only truly account for their actions if they name that they knowingly moved perpetrators into unsuspecting communities all across the globe, acknowledge that merely moving someone to a new community does nothing to interrupt the abuse and only provides new opportunities for abuse in unsuspecting communities, and pledge that they will no longer merely relocate someone who has been accused of sexual misconduct.

No apology can ever fully heal the pain of sexual abuse. But the current cycle of halfhearted regret and ongoing inaction only serves to retraumatize survivors and perpetuate a system that lacks accountability for abusers. If the Church wants lasting change to come from last week’s historic summit, it has much further to go.

Sport is Part of the Solution to End Sexual and Domestic Violence – Web Conference

With millions of young people participating in sport every year, sport is uniquely positioned to take action toward ending sexual and domestic violence. Sport develops young people by teaching skills, values, and practices which can get to the root causes of sexual and domestic violence to prevent it.

Speakers Alan Heisterkamp of the University of Northern Iowa, Valencia Peterson of Open Door Abuse Awareness & Prevention, and Ward Urion of LifeWire will share how they have been able to develop partnerships with school programs, coaches, and athletes to help implement prevention strategies in athletics.

Sport can be part of the solution to ending sexual and domestic violence. Join us February 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm Eastern as RALIANCE partners with PreventConnect for an informative webinar on how you can harness the power and influence of sport to prevent sexual and domestic violence in your community. 

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Identify key elements of how secondary and youth athletic programs can instill personal responsibility, promote respectful behavior, in working to prevent sexual violence and relationship abuse.

2. Describe the values of partnerships between sexual and domestic violence prevention experts and high school sport programs and coaches.

3. Identify challenges and solutions to working with and within athletic programs and administrators on sexual and domestic violence prevention.

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#GivingTuesday is November 27. Here’s how you can help end sexual violence in one generation!

RALIANCE has a bold mission: to end sexual violence in one generation. We know prevention is not only possible, but it’s also happening in communities around the country. It’s going to take all of us working together to make this vision a reality

That’s why RALIANCE is participating in Giving Tuesday.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It’s a day dedicated to charitable giving and asks us all to think about the role we play supporting organizations making positive impacts in our world.

RALIANCE is asking you to join the Giving Tuesday movement by supporting our Give-A-Buck campaign, which raises awareness and funding for sexual assault prevention efforts and organizations in communities across the country.

Here’s how you can help us kick things off:

Tell your family and friends about RALIANCE’s Give-A-Buck campaign

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Tag us when you make a donation using #GivingTuesday

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