Opening Session

The Environmental Entryway

An entryway art piece was created by Patty Hall and the students in Carolyn Levy’s first-year seminar at Hamline University, Living in a Rape Culture: What Are We Going to Do About It? (with assistance from Emily Huemann, Ramsey County Sexual Offense Services). The collage of advertisements, news stories, and media images was created to represent the toxic elements of the environment in which we live and in which our children are being raised. By the end of the day, the students transformed the Environmental Entryway to reflect respectful, positive images of women, men and children.

Watch video of interview with Ashley Dokken, one of the creators of the Environmental Entryway. (3 min). Voiceover by David Lee.

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Drumheart Opens The Minnesota Summit

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Welcoming Remarks from Senators Franken and Klobuchar

Watch Senator Franken’s welcoming remarks. (2 min)

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Senator Amy Klobuchar, welcomed Summit participants in a letter read by a staff member from her Minnesota office.

Read Senator Klobuchar’s letter here.

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The Ripple Effect of Change

Jeff Horwich, Minnesota Summit Emcee and host of the Minnesota Public Radio program “In the Loop,” welcomes the group and orients participants to the key elements of The Summit and the importance of “the unusual suspects”: leaders from government, industry, media, faith and philanthropy in attendance. Horwich also spoke of The Summit’s importance to him as both a journalist and a man, acknowledging that taking a role in sexual violence prevention is a new awareness for him.

I’m a son, a brother, a husband; I have women in my life that I care about. I’m also the father of an 18-month-old son, and I want to protect him as he grows. I want him to grow up to be a respectful man with the ability to form healthy relationships and a desire to make his world a better place. That, in a nutshell, is why I’m here today.

Listen to Jeff Horwich’s complete introduction. (10 min)

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Why We’ve Gathered: An Introduction to the Summit

Donna Dunn, Executive Director, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, convener of the Summit, detailed the prevalence of sexual assault in Minnesota.  She read from headlines collected from Minnesota newspapers in the preceding two months – more than 100 concerned sexual violence.

Citing the lack of a change in recent statistics for sexual violence in Minnesota, Dunn introduced the public health concept of epidemic vs. endemic.

When we pressed the epidemiologists about whether we could say this is an epidemic in Minnesota, we learned that an epidemic indicates a spike from the norm.  [Sexual violence in Minnesota] is not spiking from the norm. It is the norm.  It’s time to change this norm in Minnesota.


Patty Wetterling, Program Director, Sexual Violence Prevention, Minnesota Department of Health, the major sponsor of the Summit, spoke to the role we play in imagining and working toward a new norm for Minnesota.  She read statistics from the deck of “Prevention Playing Cards” Summit participants received and discussed the public health approach to sexual violence prevention.

She referenced her ongoing work for change that began after her son Jacob was abducted in 1989. A second grader raised his hand: “Why wasn’t it a big deal before Jacob was taken? Why does it always take another kid? Why didn’t someone do something about this before?”  That’s public health. I learned early on that we can’t just hope that change in this world will happen. Hope is a verb – you’ve got to get up and make it happen.

Listen for the bell ringing throughout the remarks of the co-sponsors and others. A bell was rung at two-minute intervals to mark incidence of the sexual assault in the United States:  one every two minutes. (with thanks to “Until Someone Wakes Up”)

Listen to complete remarks by Donna Dunn and Patty Wetterling. (13 min)

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“Stop Sexual Violence: Listen and Lead”

Participants watched a six-minute version of “Stop Sexual Violence: Listen and Lead,” produced in association with MNCASA by Twin Cities Public Television and edited for The Minnesota Summit by Larry LaVercombe. Contact us at theminnesotasummit@mncasa.org to request a free copy of the full length video.

Watch the “Summit” version of “Stop Sexual Violence: Listen and Lead.” (6 min)

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Participant “Instant Survey”

Jeff Horwich introduced the IML audience-response technology used at The Minnesota Summit for collecting demographics, prioritizing actions, and capturing notes from small group discussion.

Watch IML audience-response technology at The Minnesota Summit (3 min). Voiceover by David Lee.

Using the IML keypads, audience responses were instantly tabulated and projected as bar graphs. A sample below (click on graph to enlarge):

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