Beyond the Breakthrough with RALIANCE at #NSAC2019

The #MeToo movement ushered in a cultural reckoning that calls for solutions to the wide-spread problem of sexual violence. We cannot forget the revelations that #MeToo has taught us, and we must channel these lessons to enact culture changes in behavior and attitudes that will ultimately prevent sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse from occurring in the first place. 

At the 2019 National Sexual Assault Conference, RALIANCE is sponsoring a track of sessions designed to spotlight examples of concrete and effective prevention actions and activities. As we consider the conference theme—Beyond the Breakthrough—we understand that there are many innovations and pivots that will propel the change needed to create safer, healthier communities and workplaces. 

Read the full content of this blog featured on Ms Magazine and all the blogs tagged with Beyond the Breakthrough!

Accepting Nominations for the Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award

The 7th Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award recognizes an outstanding new investigator with 2-10 years of experience working in the field of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, teen dating violence, human trafficking, or related issues. RALIANCE has joined with Futures Without Violence, the CDC Foundation, and a committee of experts to select one outstanding individual to receive the Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award for 2020. The recipient will receive passage to the 2020 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence in Chicago, IL, which includes airfare, hotel, waived Conference registration (April 26-28th, 2020) and a small stipend. Additionally, they will be guaranteed a Presentation slot and mentoring session (15 minutes) with a leader in the anti-violence field.  The awardee will be recognized during the conference by representatives of Futures Without Violence, RALIANCE, and the CDC Foundation.

Nominations are accepted from professionals in the field, as well as from the Conference’s Steering Committee, and will be selected based on the quality of their research and its implications for the field; commitment to underserved communities; mentorship and collaboration with fellow researchers, health providers and advocates in the field. We are interested in research candidates who come from a variety of professions including, but not limited to doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, public health professionals and advocates.

Nominees will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • How their research reflects potential to answer critical questions in the field
  • Usefulness of the research for practice
  • How their work demonstrates a commitment to the underserved communities (with respect to race, gender, sexual orientation, income/class, etc.)
  • How their work demonstrates a commitment to fellow researchers, health providers and advocates in the field through collaboration, training and/or mentoring
  • Publications from the nominee (including quality, prestige and number of publications in consideration with number of years in the field)
  • How their area of focus is relevant to the award, Dr. Saltzman and/or this field:

To nominate a candidate, please submit the following 3 items:

1.    Click here to access the electronic Candidate Submission/Application Form (also linked below).

2.   A narrative of up to 2 pages addressing the questions designated on the form below.

3.   The candidate’s CV which describes their education, any publications and their work in the field of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, teen dating violence, human trafficking, or related issues.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at 5pm Pacific (6pm Mountain; 7pm Central; 8pm Eastern). All will be informed between September 30-October 4, 2019.

Football players in a huddle #RollRedRollPBS Monday, June 17 at 10 PM on PBS

Podcast: Roll Red Roll Documentary Film Director Nancy Schwartzman

Ahead of today’s debut of the Roll Red Roll  documentary on PBS, Director Nancy Schwartzman spoke with Brian Pinero, former RALIANCE National Project Coordinator, about the film’s efforts to document the aftermath of the 2012 high school rape case in Steubenville, Ohio and shed light on the broader culture that normalizes and enables sexual violence. Below are lightly edited excerpts from the interview. The full podcast is available here.

Sport, a Beautiful Platform for Prevention

A few months ago, Valencia Peterson (Coach V) of Open Door Abuse Awareness & Prevention, was a presenter on RALIANCE’s webinar discussing her prevention work with high school football. Coach V perfectly described how sport can help prevent sexual and domestic violence:

Recently, we came across a story highlighting the work Coach V and her organization are doing with high school football in the Philadelphia area.

Op Ed: The Weinstein Case Indicts Our Entire Culture

Read the full Op Ed by RALIANCE’s Kristen Houser on Ms. Magazine: The Weinstein Case Indicts Our Entire Culture on April 29.

Here’s an excerpt:

As Harvey Weinstein heads to a hearing this month, in advance of his criminal trial on charges of sexual assault in June, new facts are sure to emerge about the many allegations against him. The film producer’s actions, and the “he said, she said” dynamic that accompanies many of these cases, will likely dominate the public conversation.

But we must not overlook the fact that Weinstein’s story represents a case study—one that showcases why we must establish a wider culture that takes sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse seriously.

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.


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


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


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]   

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