Opening Reception

The Minnesota Summit opened December 3, 2009 with an evening reception in the Great Hall of the TIES Conference Center in St. Paul. More than 170 invited guests, as well as members of the community, enjoyed food, drink, and the music of Patty Hall and Men of Good Will. A short program that set the stage for The Minnesota Summit the following day included the following:

Scenes from “Until Someone Wakes Up: A Play About Date Rape,” conceived and originally directed by Carolyn Levy and performed by Andrew Keech and Rachel Summers from Hamline University. For information about using the play for awareness or prevention activities, please click here.

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Jeanne Danaher, Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health and Donna Dunn, Executive Director, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault greeted the gathering.

Participants heard from three speakers about why sexual violence prevention concerns all of us: Jim McDonough, Ramsey County Commissioner; Cordelia Anderson, Sensibilities, Inc and key consultant to MNCASA and to The Minnesota Summit; Patricia Weaver Francisco, consultant to the Minnesota Summit and author of Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery (HarperCollins, 2000). Francisco read a short piece about the importance of sexual violence prevention from her perspective as a rape survivor.

A highlight of the evening was the presence of Franni Franken, wife of U.S. Senator Al Franken. Franni spoke of the Senator’s focus on sexual violence response since taking office in July. In his short tenure he has authored an amendment and introduced two pieces of legislation to protect rape victims and improve the criminal justice system’s response.

Franni expressed her enthusiasm about participating in The Minnesota Summit and her commitment to working to support efforts to prevent sexual and domestic violence.

Summit emcee, Jeff Horwich, host of MPR’s “In The Loop,” introduced participants to the keypad audience response technology from IML. Throughout The Summit, participants were able to enter demographic and attitudinal data, prioritize group-generated ideas, submit notes from roundtable discussions, and provide feedback and questions privately for the organizers. Many of these responses are included in The Minnesota Summit E-report.

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