Towards Thriving Cover

June 29, 2017

Last week, 16-year old Nabra Hassanen was abducted, raped and murdered after she and several friends were leaving their mosque in Sterling, Virginia. Officials initially said they were investigating the incident as a hate crime, but now have changed that statement. We know that our society places value and worth on individuals based on their race or ethnicity, their gender, their ability and their sexual orientation. The Idaho Coalition and our allied partners, including all of you as member programs, are striving to change this social norm and create communities with social equity and collective liberation, where everyone is valued and loved.

Our staff and youth activists spent time at Boise PRIDE this month, where we supported individuals who identify as LGBTQ that have experienced sexual assault during their lifetime and encouraged those individuals to seek support from all of you, our tribal and community member programs. Women, girls and individuals who are gender nonconforming experience the highest rate of sexual violence. As tribal and community-based programs, ensuring our services are welcoming and accessible to all individuals who experience sexual assault is essential.

We are committed to working with the education system to ensure that women and girls and individuals who are gender nonconforming feel supported in their school environments. We are seeing numerous adolescents seeking help and support for addressing sexual assault in their schools. We are committed to working with our healthcare districts and other medical allies to ensure that they provide individuals who experience sexual assault with resources and support. We are committed to working with criminal justice subcommittees that are re-examining our sexual assault statutes and hope that we will soon be able to announce some changes to these statutes (they are currently being reviewed by the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission). As soon as we have more information, we will announce it in this newsletter.

And we are committed to supporting all of you who continue to provide crisis intervention and support to individuals who experience sexual assault. Together we can continue to address sexual assault and the multiple intersecting oppressions that cause the culture of domination and extraction to harm women, girls and individuals who are gender nonconforming.

In solidarity,
 

Jennifer Landhuis
Director of Social Change

Coaching Boys Into Men: Begin Your Strategy Planning

A CALL TO MEN workshopRecently the Idaho Coalition partnered with Boise State University Gender Equity Center, Dean of Students Office and the Boise State football program to host a conference by Tony Porter, Chief Executive Officer of A CALL TO MEN. Over 160 people, including 145 men, from Idaho convened to listen, discuss and connect with others around their work with young men. In keeping this momentum moving forward, we are seeking your partnership to engage young men in your community through juvenile correctional facilities, county probation, church youth groups, and athletics as one strategy for ending gender violence. Idaho is proud to offer community based workshops focused on social change and violence prevention outcomes utilizing Coaching Boys into Men and LIVE RESPECT curriculums, both of which are specific to male audiences.

Future’s Without Violence Coaching Boys into Men is unique in that the program was designed to be used by Coaches directly with their players in a 10 session format, with each session designed for a 10-15 minute, weekly implementation. Topics include: healthy dating relationship values, Bystander Intervention strategies and Gender Roles. In an evaluation released in the Journal of Adolescent Health, Coaching Boys into Men was found to positively affect bystander behaviors and reduce abuse perpetration among athletes.

The LIVE RESPECT curriculum is a product of A CALL TO MEN. This nine session format has been designed for male identified groups. Subjects focus on: Healthy, respectful manhood, decreasing harmful language and actions degrading women, girls and people who are gender non-conforming, challenges harmful social and cultural norms and decreasing instances of bullying and homophobia. Since 2000, A CALL TO MEN has operated globally to promote healthy manhood while partnering with the NBA, MLB, NFL, NASCAR, U. S. Military branches and United Nations.

Please consider connecting with Jeff Matsushita to begin planning a strategy for developing relationships with your local community youth engaged organizations/programs.

Youth Organizing

Digital Youth Organizing WorkshopWe have officially started off our summer youth organizing workshop series this month, with our first workshop “We Choose All of Us: Youth Organizing for Social Transformation.” We had students from all over the Treasure Valley create a campaign that spoke to organizing to end gender based violence.

Youth care about anti-violence work, they want to know more about how they can end violence in their homes, schools, and communities. They are activists and want to speak up and be a part of the solution. Youth and young adults have been at the center of every social movement in history – many times leading them.

Help youth in your community get involved by joining one (or more!) of our workshops below, and learn different tools and organizing strategies to create social change in our communities! All workshops are being held at the Linen Building, 1402 W Grove St, Boise. Youth can register at Youth Organizing Registration

If you want assistance hosting a workshop in your community, please reach out to Estefania Mondragon or Jennifer Martinez.

HIGH SCHOOL WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

We Choose All of Us: Youth Organizing for Social Transformation
July 28th 1:00-4:00 PM or August 22nd 5:30-8:30 PM • The Linen Building • Boise, ID
Come together with youth leaders to engage in transformative conversations to create social change! Join the youth movement in Idaho and be part of a network of youth leaders who reflect our diverse identities and backgrounds! Build skills, knowledge and resources to support organizing in your school or community.

Re-imagining Ourselves: Gender and Our Cultural Stories
July 25th 5:30-8:30 PM • The Linen Building • Boise, ID
Explore roles in cultural folklore (Latin America, Polynesian Islands, and Africa) of girls and women of color and people who are gender non-conforming. Learn the real stories, and re-imagine these stories through art and writing to create social change. Learn how to organize at school and in your community

MIDDLE SCHOOL/JR. HIGH SCHOOL WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Re-imagining Ourselves: Gender and Our Cultural Stories
July 24th 1:00-4:00 PM or August 8th 1:00-4:00 PM • The Linen Building • Boise, ID
Explore roles in cultural folklore (Latin America, Polynesian Islands, and Africa) of girls and women of color and people who are gender non-conforming. Learn the real stories, and re-imagine these stories through art and writing to create social change. Learn how to organize at school and in your community

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS OPPORTUNITIES

#RepresentationMatters: Youth Digital Organizing
From Mad Men to Teen Vogue and Beyoncé, we will explore the evolution of gender issues in popular media. Join us in re-thinking how we want gender to be represented and empower communities. Learn how to organize and initiate a media campaign: social media, PSAs, and more!

Crisis Line Tip Sheet for Working with Individuals Impacted by Sexual Assault

Resource Sharing Project LogoCalls on our hotlines from individuals who have been impacted by sexual assault differ from the calls we receive from individuals who have been impacted by domestic violence. Sometimes advocates and volunteers on crisis lines feel like they haven’t been helpful because the caller doesn’t need a tangible resource, like shelter. Listening and providing emotional support is an essential part of advocating for individuals who have experienced sexual assault.

The Resource Sharing Project recently developed a short two-page guide to assist volunteers and advocates in rural programs with reflective language and helpful responses to crisis calls. It is essential that we resist the urge to fill all silence with talking. Allowing the silence gives the individual time to think about what they want to say and our reflective responses help clarify what the caller needs.

Check out this great resource (provided in English and in Spanish) and share it with your volunteers. We so appreciate the work all of you are doing on behalf of individuals who experience sexual assault.

If you need additional resources for serving individuals who have been impacted by sexual assault, please contact Jennifer Landhuis.

Training & Events

SPOTLIGHT: MANDATORY REPORTING BANNERVIRTUAL SUMMIT | Spotlight: Mandatory Reporting | Building Best Practice for Domestic Violence Intervention Programs
Thursday, June 29, 2017
11:00 – 5:00 PM MST | 10:00 – 4:00 PM PST

In this full-day interactive virtual summit, 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.

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.

with the National LGBTQ Institute on Intimate Partner Violence, a project of the NW Network and NCAVP

Register now


WEBINAR | Mental Health Crisis Planning for Youth and Families
Thursday, June 29th
2:00 PM MST | 1:00 PM PST

Join us for a presentation on the importance of having a Crisis Plan in place for your family BEFORE a crisis occurs. The discussion will include the “what, when, why & how” of creating a crisis plan that is specific to the needs of individual families and strategies to manage & help deescalate a crisis.

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Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Idaho

The seminar will explore how victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, child sex abuse, drunk driving, homicide, workplace violence, terrorism, elder abuse, identity theft and financial and property crimes can use civil lawsuits to obtain justice, hold responsible parties accountable, prevent future crimes, and obtain the financial resources victims need to rebuild their lives. The program will cover resources and strategies for victims considering civil lawsuits, and will include a panel of attorneys to answer specific questions of Idaho law. The training is for victim advocates, law enforcement officers, social workers, mental health professionals, and other allied professionals. There is no charge for any attendee, and a free breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack will be served.

Boise – July 31st, 2017 from 9:00-4:30
Concordia University School of Law
501 W. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702
Presented by: Jeff Dion, Esq., Lee James, Esq., and Craig Vernon, Esq.

Register here

Coeur d’Alene – August 2nd, 2017 from 9:00-4:30
Best Western Inn
506 W. Appleway Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Presented by: Jeff Dion, Esq., Lee James, Esq., and Craig Vernon, Esq.

Register here

 

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