Welcome, Announcements and a Cultural Offering
Monika Johnson-Hostler, Executive Director at NCCASA, will welcome folks to the 2021 Biennial Conference, Exploring Emergent Strategies for Long-Term Transformation, as well as provide announcements for the day.
Chucho Ruiz Vai Sevoi of the Eudeve Tlamanalcah peoples will be sharing a Cultural Offering in the form of ceremonial & traditional songs that invoke ancestral wisdom and healing.
Understanding the somatics (of the body) of both trauma and resilience has the potential to transform a survivors’ healing journey. Reframing our body’s acute and ongoing responses to trauma as rooted within instinctual survival patterns can create an empowering influence in how survivors relate to themselves and embody their life. Importantly, expanding access to physio-education about how the body handles and heals overwhelming experiences can create a societal shift in how we view and respond to individual, systemic, and historical forms of trauma that continuously shape our lives. Drawing from a combination of her own sexual trauma healing journey, medical and legal advocacy work, trauma-informed yoga teaching, and her Somatic Experiencing studies, Molly will share how trauma responses understood as resilience responses remind us that healing is an ongoing, organic process of emergence – a practice of yielding to and embracing the language of our individual and collective bodies as a foundation for restoring our individual and collective humanity.
The somatic (of the body) imprints of sexual trauma can unconsciously impact our body, our psychology, and both our intimate and professional relationships for an extended period of time. Many survivors and advocates may find they have intellectually integrated the impact of trauma in their lives, both from their lived experiences and those they bear witness to in their field, and yet their bodies continue to communicate discord. Restoration of profound bodily breaches – direct and indirect – often comes via body-inclusive approaches to healing. By centering and honoring the wisdom of how the human organism holds individual and collective memory, we potentiate the innate healing knowledge of our clients to come forward, and simultaneously, we build capacity within ourselves to be stewards of healing social change.
Drawing from the philosophy and tools of Somatic Experiencing, we will ground our exploration within our own shapes. The workshop will include both lecture and invitational experiential practice to support participants in increasing a sense of trauma and resilience consciousness within their own body, relationships, and work. Together, we will consider the essential elements that support our clients in cultivating appreciation for their somatic responses to overwhelm, that can nurture our capacity to hold both the beauty and challenge of how our bodies remember, and which bolster our personal resources for embodied explorations of our own humanity and how we seek to claim it in this lifetime.
Emerging research about adults and adolescents who have committed a sexual offense has clearly shown the diversity of this group – differences in behaviors, in motivations, and in cognitive understanding. Similar to the nuanced remedies that survivors need, understanding the differences in those who commit sexual harm can help to expand the types of remedies practitioners can seek for survivors. A conversation with Joan Tabachnick, nationally recognized for her work in preventing the perpetration of sexual violence, and Christi Hurt, a long-time survivor advocate and community safety consultant, will address the commonalities of these two seemingly divergent points of view, as well as the stark differences. By doing so, we hope to uncover a wider range of opportunities for justice and accountability for those impacted by sexual harm, their families, and their communities.
The Greater Charlotte Hope Line represents a unique partnership between Safe Alliance, Mecklenburg County’s provider of sexual and domestic violence crisis services, and Mecklenburg County’s Department of Social Services. In 2018, these core partners pooled resources to bolster Safe Alliance’s existing domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines and launch a single 24/7 hotline with dedicated staff. The Hope Line delivers a continuum of prevention and intervention services for Mecklenburg County residents seeking help for sexual assault, domestic violence, and caregiver support. Presenters will describe the development and implementation process for the Hope Line, its operational structure, outcomes to date, and lessons learned along the way. Presenters will highlight and facilitate discussion around the applicable aspects of this collaborative model to other victim services programs that are seeking to enhance and expand service delivery through identifying and tapping into new resources and partnerships within their own communities.
At A Call to Men we believe that heterosexism is the glue that holds the Man Box together and, as a result, we see homophobia and transphobia as critically damaging byproducts of the Man Box. We are deeply grateful as we learn from Queer, Trans, and non-binary folks as they constantly challenge the Man Box. We aim to be practicing aspiring allies to LGBTQI+ communities and their voices as we collectively shape the conversations on how masculinity is defined and how cisgender heterosexual individuals must use their platform and influence to advocate for collective liberation for ALL.
This panel centers the voices of grassroots food justice leaders in North Carolina. Anti-violence workers will have the opportunity to hear their wisdom on food justice and how food can be used as a tool against violence. This panel will convey how long term transformation of communities and violence must include food justice. As anti-violence and trauma workers, food may be the last tool that comes to mind. Faced with the complex web of intersecting needs of clients, we necessarily triage the most pressing of those complex needs. From a long-term perspective, poor access to food greatly impacts many of our clients’ lives. Powerlessness over food choices compounds the disempowerment of trauma by depriving clients of basic human dignity — food, and food how they want it. Every person we encounter holds unique preferences for the food system they want to participate in. Conditional access to basic resources predictably contributes to destabilized communities. In our social system where rest, clean air, clean water, and food exist in proportion to one’s wealth, food is a tool for liberation. Food justice is a practice of nourishing not just hungry bodies, but also communities. As adrienne marie brown, our leader in Emergent Strategy says, “trust the people and they become trustworthy” Empowering communities with food and community resources is trust. And that trust reaps trustworthiness. This trustworthiness looks like our greatest tools for preventing violence — accountability, ownership, care, and consideration.
Trauma-informed care can sometimes feel like a fancy buzzword. But what does it mean? How do we apply it to our everyday work as advocates? Rural service areas are large and spread out so how do we provide trauma-informed care in a multitude of settings, including over the phone? This workshop will breakdown the elements of trauma-informed care and provide concrete ways to apply them to your advocacy practice in every setting. Join Leah Green from the Resource Sharing Project for an interactive workshop on using trauma-informed care to build relationships with sexual assault survivors in rural communities.
1. Advocates will be able to articulate the elements of trauma informed care,
including cultural relevance
2. Advocates will understand how to apply trauma informed care to in-person,
phone, and video interactions with survivors of sexual violence
3. Advocates will know how to make changes and additions to their physical
spaces based on the elements of trauma informed care.