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What comes after #metoo? Training to stop sexual abuse and help victims

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    This is a sponsored organizational member post on PCDN.

    “If over these many years, just one adult listened, and had the courage and character to act, this tragedy could have been avoided.” Aly Raisman, US Olympic gymnast, reading victim impact statement at trial of Larry Nassar (click here to read the full statement)

    “It is absolutely not about forgiveness. It’s about people being able to have a space to give voice to their experience, to hear the experience of others, and in doing so to open the doors to healing.” Lauren Abramson, practitioner at the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore, MD in Washington Post editorial about using restorative justice in sexual abuse situations (click here for the full editorial)

    Helping victims and putting policies in place to stop sexual abuse includes listening. But it also includes a lot more. It is

    • understanding how sexual abuse occurs,
    • putting policies in place that make it easier for victims to come forward,
    • knowing that the institution will listen to and believe victims, and
    • taking action to keep offenders from hurting other people in the future.

    Recent events in US gymnastics, Hollywood, top companies, and the US Congress have shown, sexual abuse happens everywhere. These are not isolated incidents.  They are part of a culture that is afraid to identify the abuser or believe that it could ever happen in their world. It is a difficult subject to talk about, made more so by decades of unwillingness to admit it occurs or accusations against the victims because of the way they dressed or their past histories.

    Sexual abuse happens.  The sooner we understand the problem and come up with protective policies for victims, the sooner we will stop the hurt that occurs.

    At the 2018 Summer Peacebuilding Institute, we offer several courses to help organizations and institutions put better policies in place to help all parties affected by sexual abuse. If you want your organization to be a better place to work at, join us and gain the skills needed to help.

    Specific courses that may be of interest include but are not limited to:

    Sexual Harms: Changing the Narrative (May 24 – June 1, 2018): Join the wave of leaders committed to creating environments free from sexual harm. Gain tools to respond to sexual violence and learn about preventative best practices. Design restorative interventions that build safety and resilience.

    Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience, Level 1 (June 4 – 8, 2018): Explore processes and tools for addressing trauma, breaking cycles of violence, and building resilience. Increase awareness of the impact of trauma on the body, mind, beliefs, and behavior of individuals, communities, and societies.

    Transformative leadership for Organizational Development (May 14 – 22, 2018): Focus on the role of leaders in leading organizational and social change and managing structures, personnel, finances, and external networks and partnerships.

    Restorative Justice (May 24 – June 1, 2018): Deepen your understanding of justice. Explore a justice framework that focuses on healing, accountability, and community, not blame, punishment, and isolation.

    For more information on the above courses or any of the 20 courses taught in May and June 2018, click the links above or click here to see a full list of courses.


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