Resources and Tools

We need everyone to champion sexual violence prevention in Minnesota. This list of resources is current as of February, 2010. Thanks to Amy Kenzie, Minnesota Department of Health Sexual Violence Program coordinator, and to Cordelia Anderson, Sensibilities, Inc., for compiling this list.

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Resources in The Minnesota Summit E-Report

We encourage you to use this report and the tools it provides as you educate yourself and others about the prevention movement in Minnesota.

  • Videos – Six-minute TPT video “Stop Sexual Violence: Listen and Lead; Larry Cohen’s 8-minute “From Kools to Cancer Sticks;” and links to the PreventConnect videos of Summit performances and activities.
  • Audio links and Mp3 downloads of Minnesota Summit speakers and performers.
  • “Prevention Playing Cards” – a link to 52 prevention-themed cards containing statistics and quotes, many included in this report.
  • Ideas to inspire and inform prevention intitiatives (Roundtable feedback lists, “The Snowball of Policy Change,” How You Can Be Involved, and Summit Outcomes)
  • Connections to statewide resources and action teams working on prevention, as well as national resources and tools to aid prevention efforts.

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Minnesota Resources

Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) www.mncasa.org Provides sexual assault information including state statutes, locations and telephone numbers of other sexual assault programs in Minnesota. Advocates for people affected by sexual violence. Co-sponsor of The Minnesota Summit to Prevent Sexual Violence. Executive Director: Donna Dunn donna@mncasa.org 651-209-9993, Prevention Coordinator: Lindsay Gullingsrud Lindsay@mncasa.org 651-209-9993

Minnesota Department of Health, Sexual Violence Prevention Program www.health.state.mn.us/svp Helps organizations identify effective ways to prevent sexual violence. To support the “MN Champions” initiative, MDH-SVP will help you with community organizing ideas, speakers, tools, sample policies and programs, etc. Co-sponsor of The Minnesota Summit To Prevent Sexual Violence. Also included on the MDH website are links to: Costs of Sexual Violence; The Sexual Violence Data Brief 2002-2007. Program Director: Patty Wetterling patty.wetterling@state.mn.us 651-201-5483, Program Coordinator: Amy Kenzie amy.kenzie@state.mn.us 651-201-5410, Communications Coordinator: Evelyn Anderson evelyn.anderson@state.mn.us 651-201-5448

Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC) www.miwsac.org One of 22 Tribal Coalitions around the country formed to address sexual assault and domestic violence in American Indian communities, focusing specifically on ending and preventing sexual violence.  Executive Director: Nicole Matthews nmatthews@miwsac.org 651-646-4800

Minnesota Men’s Action Network (MNMAN) www.menaspeacemakers.org Building a public/private sexual violence prevention effort that promotes male leadership.  Frank Jewell, Men As Peacemakers, frank@menaspeacemakers.org 218-727-1939, Chuck Derry, Gender Violence Institute gvi@frontiernet.net 320-558-4510

Sexual Violence Prevention Network A network of people interested in or working in the field of sexual violence prevention.  Members of this list receive e-mail announcing the current contents of the SVPN E-News including: upcoming SVPN meeting announcements, meeting minutes from past SVPN meetings, and other announcements such as conferences, workshops, trainings, prevention resources, job openings, etc. Contact Amy Kenzie, amy.kenzie@state.mn.us

Ramsey County Public Health, Sexual Offense Services (SOS) http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/yas/sos.htm Sexual assault program serving Ramsey County. Assisted with Ramsey County inventory of sexual violence prevention activities.  Emily Huemann Emily.huemann@co.ramsey.mn.us 651-643-3022

Victim Services of Dodge, Fillmore, Olmsted Counties.  Sexual Assault Program serving three counties in SE Minnesota. Olmsted County has adopted a resolution prioritizing the prevention of sexual violence.  Victim Services has established a multidisciplinary prevention committee and identified funding to support a staff coordinator.  Contact Jeanne Martin martin.jeanne@co.olmsted.mn.us

Breaking Free Breaking Free was established in October 1996, by Vednita Carter, Founder and Executive Director ,as a non-profit organization serving women and girls involved in systems of abuse, exploitation, prostitution, and sex-trafficking. www.breakingfree.net

Sensibilities, Inc. www.cordeliaanderson.com, Website for Cordelia Anderson, nationally known speaker and consultant on prevention of child sexual exploitation and sexual violence, based in Minnesota.  Several handouts, tools and other prevention resources available for use.

Search Institute The Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. www.search-institute.org

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) Supports research, education, and access to violence related resources. http://www.mincava.umn.edu/

United Front, a new and developing website developed by United Way Twin Cities to engage health and human service leaders to solve our community challenges to end violence including sexual violence. www.unitedfront.org

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National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sexual Violence Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/sexualviolence/index.html Resources include fact sheets, data sources, risk and protective factors, and prevention strategies.

National Child Protection Training Center, Victor Vieth, Winona MN  www.ncptc.org; Training center and prevention plan for child abuse and maltreatment including child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Advocates for Human Rights www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org; A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights through cutting-edge research, education, and advocacy. The portion of their work addresses issues of violence against women and needs related to sex trafficking.

ACE Study www.acestudy.org The ACE Study is perhaps the largest scientific research study of its kind, analyzing the relationship between multiple categories of childhood trauma or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and health and behavioral outcomes later in life.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) www.nsvrc.org The National Sexual Violence Resource Center serves as the nation’s principle information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence. It provides national leadership, consultation and technical assistance by generating and facilitating the development and flow of information on sexual violence intervention and prevention strategies. The NSVRC works to address the causes and impact of sexual violence through collaboration, prevention efforts and the distribution of resources.

Prevention Institute www.preventioninstitute.org The Prevention Institute addresses complex health and social issues, moving beyond approaches targeting individuals to create systematic, comprehensive strategies that change the conditions that impact community health. The organization builds on the successes of a variety of fields and applies them to areas such as injury and violence prevention, traffic safety, health disparities, nutrition and physical activity, and youth development.

Prevention Connection, The Violence Against Women Prevention Partnership California Coalition Against Sexual Assault www.PreventConnect.org

Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood, A program of the Judge Baker Children’s Center to “reclaim childhood from corporate marketers” – excellent resources and links to action alerts, www.commercialexploitation.org

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, www.missingkids.com. For links to information on child pornography and internet safety-NetSmartz.

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Additional Tools

An Assessment of Minnesota’s Health Care and Public Health Response to Violence Against Womenhttp://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/pub/asssessvaw.pdf Minnesota Department of Health (2001),

A Place To Start: A Resource Kit for Preventing Sexual Violence, Minnesota Department of Health, Sexual Violence Prevention Unit, http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/pub/kit/index.cfm

Coaching Boys to Men, Coaches Leadership Program, Violence Prevention Fund http://endabuse.org/section/programs/public_communications/_coaching_leadership

Shifting the Paradigm: Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence – The American College Health Association developed this toolkit to provide facts, ideas, strategies, conversation starters, and resources to everyone on campus who cares about the prevention of sexual violence. While there is a rich volume of tools, knowledge, and resources for intervention after sexual violence, the emphasis of this toolkit is to encourage prevention activities that take place before sexual violence has occurred and which create social change and shift the norms regarding sexual violence. http://www.acha.org/SexualViolence/index.cfm

That’s Not Cool. Com – A web-based program to educate and involve teens in thinking about teen dating violence in a digital world. Website http://www.thatsnotcool.com. Free videos, posters, prevention activities and downloadable tools at www.thatsnotcool.com/tools/login.asp

The Community Toolbox, developed at the University of Kansas, the world’s largest resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement, and is growing as a global resource for this work. http://ctb.ku.edu/en/

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The costs are high. The time is now. The bottom line is prevention.

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