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.

Olga Trujillo was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) at the age of 31. Over the past 28 years she has undergone an intense journey to understand what Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is, how she developed it, the impact on her life, and she began to address the challenges she faced in healing. In 2011 Olga’s memoir, The Sum of My Parts: A Survivor’s Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder was released by New Harbinger Publications. In this workshop, she will bring her experience of DID to help participants expand their knowledge from an inside out perspective. Participants will learn what DID is, how someone develops it, what it feels like to have it, what it looks like from the outside, what the healing process can look like and how you can work with someone who has it.


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Survivors of child sexual abuse live in silence and fear, uncertain how to seek help or who to tell. This silence often extends well into adulthood as they navigate a life deeply impacted by trauma experienced in childhood. Advocacy programs were created to help survivors of sexual violence heal from trauma but how do we help when the trauma was so long ago? Join Leah Green and Olga Trujillo for a two-part workshop series covering, the impact of trauma from early abuse, the intersection of oppression, healing and what this means for how advocates can help.

Participants will learn about:
1. The difference in trauma when it occurs in childhood,
2. How violence and oppression forms as trauma, and
3. What they can do to help survivors.


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We talk about centering survivor voices in our anti-sexual violence work, but how much do we actually do that? Survivor input should impact every aspect of our work and our work doesn’t have integrity unless it has that input. It’s the best way to learn what survivors need, to learn about gaps in services, and to assess what works and what doesn’t work. Agencies need to know what it’s like for survivors to access their services. Additionally, within our communities, many people don’t know about the prevalence of sexual violence, what the impact is on the survivors, or what life is like for survivors. Two powerful ways to center survivor voices, improve our services, and educate the public are the Survivor Advisory Committee and the Survivor Speakers Bureau. In this workshop, attendees will learn what these two groups are and what role they can play in your agency. You’ll learn how to use these groups to better help survivors, to improve your agency’s services, to refine your prevention education for students, to better support the NCCASA Legislative Agenda, and to educate the public. We’ll share our experience regarding how these two groups can help the agency and the survivors involved. We’ll share the lessons we learned along the way and provide suggestions on how to start and run these groups at your agency. We’ll share ideas on how to connect with the media and community partners, how to manage their requests, and discuss your thoughts about what implications this could have for your agency, community, and especially sexual assault survivors.


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This workshop will explore ways in which organizations can provide outreach, education, and prevention using traditional and digital marketing tools in new and innovative ways. We will explore the NCCASA “Let’s Talk About It” Campaign as a case study and an example that showcases how well thought out targeted messaging on the right marketing platforms can accomplish MANY goals that were once achieved through in person connection. COVID has made us all rethink how we can connect with people and create meaningful change. Capitol Broadcasting’s Liz Kline and Kristin Hoenig have the knowledge about tools and tactics that allow organizations to move the needle on community issues in non traditional ways. Exploring the “Let’s Talk About It” campaign as a case study will walk attendees through the process of crafting the message and determining the best outreach tactics to share this message. We will walk through how we created messages in English and Spanish as well as regionally targeted messages that focused on marginalized and/or underserved communities. We will also walk through the analytics from this campaign and share anecdotal feedback received. Each marketing tactic had it’s own unique/ interesting data set that we can learn from.


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Phone hotline support, provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is a cornerstone of services for intimate partner (IPV) and sexual assault (SA) survivors. Increasingly, agencies have adapted chat and text (SMS) technology for emergency or crisis support of survivors of interpersonal violence. Chat and text are popular ways to communicate and are more commonly being used in virtual service provision. A growing number of intimate partner violence and sexual assault-focused community programs are adding chat and text services to their phone hotlines. These new services are often implemented rapidly and without substantial guidance. In this webinar, we provide information from our National Institute of Justice funded study of SAFEline, SAFE Alliance’s 24-hourchat and text hotline service. We will share about 1). How SAFEline was created 2). The SAFEline platform and staff training 3). How advocacy skills were translated to chat and text and 4). Important skills for providing advocacy in this modality. The webinar will provide guidance on implementation of chat and text as well as the SAFEline model of service. The team will answer questions and provide resources for programs interested in implementing.


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Advocacy programs were created to help survivors of sexual violence heal from trauma but how do we help when the trauma was so long ago? Part two of this workshop series will explore challenges adult survivors of child sexual abuse face in moving through the world as adults. Leah Green and Olga Trujillo will continue their interactive conversation on healthcare, the power of intimacy, creating community, and what advocates need to know to help survivors of child sexual abuse continue to thrive in adulthood.
Participants will learn about:
1. Why and how health and caring for one’s health can be challenging for
adult survivors of child sexual abuse,
2. How intimacy (emotional and physical) can be so challenging for adult
survivors of child sexual abuse, and
3. What advocates can do to support survivors.


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In this workshop, Courtney Dunkerton will facilitate a discussion among members of the Supporting Survivor Reentrants Project Team: NCCASA staff, Orange County Local Reentry Council personnel, and staff from the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.

The discussion will highlight the project’s background, the work of the Local Reentry Council, the needs and challenges of survivors who are “returning home” from correctional facilities, and ways rape crisis programs can improve services to support survivor reentrants. They will discuss team collaboration, lessons they are learning together, and introduce a resource tool the team created specifically for Local Reentry Councils.

This workshop will help advocates 1) understand the needs and barriers for healing that are unique to survivor reentrants, 2) hear ways to improve service delivery to survivor reentrants, and 3) understand the work of LRC’s and the value of developing collaborative partnerships with them.

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The purpose of the Innocence Inquiry Commission’s panel is to discuss the agency’s mission and its process for evaluating claims of innocence, the development of the Commission’s victim services program, and how Commission staff have addressed the challenges the victim services program faced in its first year. This presentation will discuss each topic through the lens of agency capacity and program management. The panel will include the Commission’s Executive Director Lindsey Guice Smith, Associate Director Beth Tanner, and Victim Services Coordinator Emma Paul.
The panel will address the challenges to balancing victim-centered services with fully and fairly evaluating claims of innocence. The panel will specifically discuss how this balance is evaluated and acted upon in homicide cases, adult victim sexual assault cases, and child victim sexual assault cases.
The panel will also discuss the implementation of trauma-informed principles in interacting with claimants, exonerees, and their family members. Panelists will outline how Commission staff grew to recognize the multiple and overlapping forms of victimization that impact both primary and co-victims of crime, witnesses, and claimants and how Commission staff have increased their capacity to limit the potentially re-traumatizing aspects of investigation and hearing.
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