Workshop Descriptions

May 14th, 2019

9:30am – 10:30am
Opening Plenary
The intersection of Reproductive Justice and Sexual violence: Being in Connected and Resilient Relationships with other Movements

10:45am – 12:00pm
Breakout Session 1

Employing Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies When Filling the Justice Gap for Survivors
Presenters: Amy E. Duffy MA LPCS NCC CCTP
Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC) provides an effective framework to address the complex needs of those who have survived sexual violence. This model recognizes that individuals, including those who have survived sexual violence, are part of a supplicated ecosystem. A primary objective of the development of MSJCC was to establish a more effective understanding of the expanding role of counselors to include not only individual counseling, which has historically been the case, but also social justice advocacy. With this addition to the competencies, the counselor’s role may broaden past the office setting. Understanding the socioecological perspective, will position the counselor to move outside of the traditional office setting and fully implement MSJCC. This perspective provides a path to align with clients and create interventions that can occur at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community, public policy, and global levels. In addition to lecture and discussion, the information provided during this program will include a case conceptualization on using MSJCC and this socioecological model to provide effective counseling interventions when working with survivors of sexual violence.

Looking in the Mirror
Presenters: Angélica Wind and Robin Sersland
Ending sexual violence requires rape crisis centers to approach their work through an anti-oppression lens. However, due to the nature of the non-profit model-a model steeped in white supremacy-organizations find themselves replicating the systems that allow for sexual violence to exist to begin with. In this interactive workshop directed toward Executive Directors and/or other management staff, we will discuss how white supremacy shows up in our organizations and how it impacts our staff, programs and how we work with survivors. Attendees will gain tools on how to disrupt this dominate culture and create a culture where survivors, staff, and organizations can thrive.

Ain’t I a Woman Too? The Intersections of Race, Victimhood & Survivorship
Speakers: April-Autumn Jenkins
Inequity is pervasive in our society; this matter seems to be intensified at the intersections of sexual violence and women of color. While women of color may suffer higher rates of sexual violence than White women, there appears to be a double standard regarding their treatment as victim/survivors. While the penalty their assailants receive are less severe than those of assailants who assault White women, the expectation for women of color is to navigate these issue with strength, vague indifference, and to continue life as if this trauma will never have an affect her life…but it eventually will. In this session we will discuss the inequalities between white women and women of color concerning the healing process after sexual violence, take a deeper dive into how we provide services for all groups as counselors and advocates, and finally create an action plan for alliance-building between all women.

Fight’s Not Over: HB2’s effects on violence against LGBTQ North Carolinians
Speakers: Deena Fulton and Ames Simmons
In 2016, NC passed a law commonly known as HB2, or the “bathroom bill.” HB2 restricted local governments in NC from passing legislation that protects LGBTQ citizens and required individuals to use restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates in government buildings. HB2 was repealed and replaced in 2017 by HB142, but HB142 maintains several problematic aspects of HB2. The NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence collaborated with community partners to assess the impacts of HB2 and HB142 on sexual and other kinds of violence against LGBTQ North Carolinians. This session will provide a space to reflect on the assessment findings and how they may impact the experiences of transgender and LGBQ people and communities in NC. We will consider what transgender and LGBQ participants shared about how HB2 and HB142 affected their mental health, relationships, and physical health, and what these findings mean for sexual violence prevention and advocacy work. Through discussion and activities, participants will also explore how to use violence-centered health data to persuade new, non-traditional partners to join in advocacy efforts to fight policies that reinforce rape culture, especially in the wake of national attention to the #metoo movement. The session will help participants consider how collaboration around health impact assessment work can support a multi-pronged strategy to focus partners’ energy around addressing sexual violence toward policy change efforts. Participants will discuss the importance of centering the voices of the LGBTQ survivors who are most affected by HB2 and HB142 in their policy change work.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Breakout Session 2

Remembering Who I am In the Movement
Speakers: Monica Kearney
Remembering Who I am In the Movement is a workshop that will take participants on a self-reflective journey of self-care within the anti-violence movement. The journey will begin with activities that will identify trauma exposure response and flow into the attainment of knowledge of self-awareness and reflection. The workshop activities will include Punctum, a game that will allow participants to utilize self-reflection strategizes in a way that is hands-on, playful and colorful, yet powerful and effective. The game is based on associative connections between stunning photos, intriguing themes and meaningful questions to create genuine learning and development. Through the Punctum activities, participants will gain tools to begin the birth process of shifting their professional and personal being into balance and digging deeply into the consciousness of self and the role of self-care. Participants will set individual goals and action steps to transform into a better self in the anti-violence movement.

Human Trafficking in the Historical Context of US. Slavery
Robin Colbert and Christy Croft
Human trafficking is sometimes presented by those working within the field as “modern day slavery” — framing modern efforts to prevent and end trafficking and support those who have survived it as a continuation of historical slavery abolition. While these narratives are useful in garnering public support, awareness, and funding, they do so at the expense of racial equity work that brings awareness to systemic racism’s historical roots. This presentation will trace the historical lineage from chattel slavery to the current systems and institutions which carry on its legacy of racism, and explore the modern anti-trafficking movement’s historical roots as instead located in the White Slave Traffic Act (Mann Act) of 1910. Presenters will then propose shifts in language and framing that honor the continuing work of racial equity without minimizing the urgency of ending human trafficking..

Serving Survivors from the South East Asian Communities and Survivors
Speakers: Sangeetha Menon and Shagufta Hakeem
Kiran is the only organization in North Carolina which provides culturally appropriate intensive case management services to South Asian victims of Domestic Violence. Kiran’s services include a 24/7 bilingual crisis hotline, resource referrals, translation assistance, client advocacy, support groups and a client empowerment program. The goal of this workshop is to discuss the challenges to seeking support for South Asian survivors of sexual and gender violence. This presentation will take an intersectional approach to frame voices from immigrant communities and marginalized communities. The South Asian diaspora includes diverse religious and ethnic communities. 64% of Indian and Pakistani victims reported having experienced sexual violence according to the Life course IPV and Help-seeking Study (Yoshihama M, Bybee D, Dabby C, Blazevski). We will also discuss how Kiran, a culturally sensitive agency, addresses specific dynamics of intimate partner violence in South Asian households.

Factors And Technique Surrounding Post-Rape DNA Recovery, and the NC State Crime Lab
Presenters: Katherine Ariano, BA, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE-A and Kallie Young, Forensic Scientist
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) care for patients who present in the acute phase following a sexual assault, and provided medical care, trauma-informed care and collect evidence. SANEs walk a difficult line between medicine and law enforcement. A SANE’s unique knowledge of medicine, in conjunction with the patient’s medical-forensic history, allows for a better understanding of how best to obtain DNA samples, and where to obtain samples. These samples will be collected into a Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit (SAEC) and turned over to law enforcement. A better understanding of Forensic Lab processes will enable SANEs at the bedside to streamline practice for all involved with the criminal justice system; most importantly for the patie

PREA 101: Working with Incarcerated Survivors
Presenters: Tara Graham & Lisa Cook
This session, the first in a series of four on providing services to incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse, will give an overview of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Participants will learn about the prevalence and dynamics of sexual abuse in detention, and how to initiate, or deepen, their work with incarcerated survivors. The session will look at PREA’s requirement that detention facilities make confidential victim services available to inmates. Additionally, they will explain the PREA audit process and the role of victim advocates in these assessments. The workshop is the perfect primer on PREA, and it will help both advocates who are familiar with this work and those who are new to it.

3:10pm – 4:40pm
Breakout 3

After Surviving R Kelly: Who’s Got Black Girls’ Backs?
Speakers: Chimi Boyd-Keys
This program looks at the multiple issues connected to gender-based violence against black girls and women including perpetuating silence in the Black community and the complicating factors of racism, sexism and the criminal justice system. You may have seen the headlines about R&B singer R Kelly, but what the conversation is really about is how we fail black girls and young black women when addressing gender-based violence. How can you be a better advocate and how can you create programs and services that truly serve black girls and young black women?

The True Legacy of False Accusations
Presenters: Kat R. Vann
In this workshop we will be following the historical legacy of false rape accusations on a macro level in the United States. Together, we will examine how false accusations have been used as a tool by white, cisgendered, abled folks to commit violence and remove focus from those communities most affected by sexual violence. We will examine an overview of rape myths including those used during Jim crow to block desegregation, myths surrounding mental illness and rape, and rape myths used against transwomen and immigrants. We will focus on how this history and the erasure of it has prevented survivors from seeking help and inhibited effective forms of survivor support and community healing. By looking at this history and sitting with its discomfort, I believe we can learn from our past and make a path to a different future. But we must first acknowledge what has happened. We must include the full history of white supremacy in our work, face our shadows of guilt, and write a new narrative towards vulnerability, accountability, healing and growth. We must write a narrative that is honest for if we are always hiding from the harm, we have caused we will never focus on the healing we can create. I hope to provide some ideas and paths towards such a narrative and future, focusing on how white, cisgender, and/or abled folks can step back, empower, and center trans, neurodivergent, people of color. I hope you will join me in this co-creation.

Anatomy of Danger: How Anatomy and Physiology Could Improve Strangulation Responses and Investigations
Presenter: Lauren Schwartz BS, RN, SANE-A
Strangulation is vastly misunderstood and underreported by victims and in many cases under assessed by healthcare providers. Although, estimates place the prevalence of strangulation in sexual assault cases at 25%, the exact prevalence is unknown (Mcquown et al, 2016). Understanding the dangers associated with this act of violence, the mechanism of injuries, signs, symptoms, and appropriate interventions are critical for assessing, interviewing and documenting strangulation cases. In this presentation a review of terminology and anatomy related to strangulation will facilitate the learners understanding of the dangers associated with this act. The mechanism of strangulation related to the anatomy of the structures in the head and neck will aid the learner in understanding signs and symptoms in order to conduct a thorough assessment and interview. Furthermore, a review of North Carolina General Statutes and case law will set the foundation for law enforcement’s understanding for investigating these crimes.

PREA and Corrections Culture
Presenter: Tara Graham
Many victim advocates have never worked in a detention facility — or even set foot inside of one. The second in a series of four workshops on providing services for incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse, this workshop aims to provide answers to all the questions, big and small, that victim advocates may have about the world of corrections. What’s the staff culture like inside a detention facility? What am I allowed to wear? Where will I meet with survivors who need services? And what exactly is difference between a prison and a jail? In particular, the session will explore the values that corrections and victim advocates have in common. This interactive session will prepare advocates to build successful partnerships with corrections to provide support services for incarcerated survivors.

May 15th, 2019

9:00am – 10:15am Opening Plenary
Survivor Leadership to End Rape Culture

10:30am – 12:00pm
Breakout Session 4

Check Your Workplace: Moving to the Next Level in Ending Workplace Sexual Harassment & Violence
Presenters: Aaron Polkey
Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center, an initiative led by Futures Without Violence, proposes a 90-minute workshop focusing on workplace climate and culture assessment tools and practices that aim to root out visible and invisible drivers of workplace sexual harassment and violence. Such drivers may range from the physical arrangement of work sites in manners that promote unhealthy power dynamics, to systemic incivility and non-inclusion of employees who are of cultures and identities that have experienced oppression. Phase One of the workshop would review best practices in internal anti-violence and harassment policies, trainings, and climate assessments. Non-profits with robust internal policies and programs are best equipped to advise community and business partners on workplace prevention and response programs. Phase Two of the workshop would explore current model workplace climate and culture assessment tools, sharing the body of experience to enhance the breath of identities, natures of employment, barriers, and other experiences explored by the most robust assessment tools.

Making the Right Call: Implementing A Structured Follow-up Process
Speakers: Tracy Kennedy
Comprehensive services to victims/survivors are located throughout NC regardless of zip code. However, the method of delivery in services is dependent on individualizing these services to meet each victims/survivors needs. How do we ensure that every victims/survivors is given the same information and resources while address their individual needs and crisis at the time? REAL Crisis has developed a system to our follow up services that highlights and documents information and referral provided to victims during each follow up services and allows time to address any individual emerging need and crisis. This system allows advocates to work as a team with every victims/survivors that contact our agency.

Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Presenters: Alliance For Fair Food
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a human rights organization and Presidential Medal recipient internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, anti-sexual violence efforts, community organizing, and ending slavery. The CIW’s Fair Food Program is a groundbreaking partnership among farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and fourteen major food retailers. Participating retailers agree to purchase exclusively from suppliers who meet a worker-driven code of conduct, which includes a zero-tolerance policy for slavery and sexual harassment. We will use a 3-minute introduction video and have a CIW farmworker leader explain the history, success, and current campaign that has transformed the US agricultural industry. With our interpretation both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking audiences will be engaged. The CIW always emphasizes the tangible next steps people can take to play a critical role in this transformation.

Advocating for Incarcerated LGBTI Survivors
Presenters: Tara Graham and Lisa Cook
While anyone can be a victim of sexual abuse in confinement, some prisoners are especially vulnerable. This workshop, the third in a series of four on providing services for incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse, will look at the extreme vulnerability of LGBTI inmates, and the barriers they face in accessing culturally sensitive support services. Advocates will learn how to adapt their approaches to helping clients in the community to their work with incarcerated LGBTI survivors, using the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards as a tool. The session will also explore ways to engage with facility staff on creating an institutional culture that prioritizes the safety of LGBTI prisoners. Additionally, the workshop will offer advocates an opportunity to evaluate their program’s readiness to serve incarcerated LGBTI survivors and to identify additional training needs — with a special focus on working with transgender clients.

Community Colleges Re-Envisioned: Sites for Community-Level Primary Prevention Presenters: The NC Community College Student Organizing and Advocacy Project Subrecipient Cohort
NCCASA received the 2019 Innovation Grant from EVERFI, Inc., to launch “The North Carolina Community College Student Organizing and Advocacy Project”. The funding from this grant launched a project that recruited student leaders from 6 community college campuses across the state. NCCASA provided each student with in-depth sexual violence primary prevention training, and in-depth leadership development technical assistance, to back to their campus to engage in community-level anti-sexual violence work. In this session, the cohort will speak to their experiences with the training and TA received by NCCASA, Discuss their campus spring and fall prevention projects, and the risk and protective factors that their project address.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Breakout session 5

Survivor Storytelling for Social Change
Speaker: Amita Swadhin
In this workshop, Amita Swadhin will share examples of story-based work they have co-created to end child sexual abuse: Secret Survivors and Mirror Memoirs. Amita will lay out the possibilities and pitfalls of survivor leadership and the use of survivor stories in movements to end rape culture.

Camino a la Resiliencia
Presenter: Angélica Wind
La resiliencia es vital para los individuos que son parte de la lucha contra la violencia
sexual. La resiliencia nos permite levantarnos al día siguiente y reunir la energía para
seguir adelante con en nuestro trabajo. Con el aumento de la población Latinx en
Carolina del norte, más centros de crisis están viendo la importancia de emplear
defensores Latinx. Aun con la existencia de varios recursos de la cultura dominante en
los estados unidos sobre como practicar resiliencia, hay pocos recursos que son
culturalmente específicos para la comunidad Latinx. En este taller hablaremos sobre
los distintos aspectos de nuestra cultura, como el “marianismo”, que crea una
mentalidad “sacrificadora” en nuestras vidas personales y profesionales, aumentando
asi la probabilidad de trauma vicario o fatiga de la compasión.  Ofrecemos un
resumen de resiliencia y cómo nosotros podemos participar en prácticas cada día que
nos ayudan construir la resiliencia. Todos los asistentes saldrán con un plan personal
de la práctica de la resiliencia. El taller sera facilitado en español y spanglish.

Addressing Sexual Assault in North Carolina: Improvements and Reforms
Speakers: Holly Jones
As North Carolina confronts its enormous backlog of untested sexual assault kits, a number of systematic reforms are being implemented statewide and in several communities. Hear about the both policy changes and legislative proposals underway. Also learn about the NC Department of Justice efforts with local communities to reform approaches to the crime of sexual assault and advance best practices that are more trauma-informed and accountable to survivors.

Gender Affirming SANE Care
Presenter: Camille Defêche Mackler, RN, BSN, BA, CEN, SANE
Gender non-conforming patients experience sexual violence in a uniquely traumatic way, which is influenced both by the acute care that they receive post-assault as well as the historical care they have received by healthcare providers in general. Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are known to have high levels of risk for sexual violence, as well as high levels of mistrust and misuse of the medical system. It is essential that SANE care to these patients is done thoughtfully and respectfully, with utmost sensitivity to this heightened trauma and with adaptations necessary to make the exam feel safe

Untangling PREA’s Confidentiality and Reporting Obligations
Presenter: Tara Graham and Lisa Cook
In this fourth and final PREA session on providing services for incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse, presenters will examine closely the PREA standards on external (or outside) reporting, third-party reporting, and confidential support services. From this session, advocates will better understand what these crucial, yet sometimes misunderstood, PREA standards require of corrections officials. The session workshop will also cover best practices for ensuring that victim advocacy organizations uphold their ethical obligations. This interactive session will include scenarios that will help participants understand how to establish a robust MOU that spells out clearly the roles and responsibilities of advocates and their corrections partners.

3:15pm – 4:15pm
Panel Discussion

Expanding Our Reach: Equipping NC’s Rape Crisis Centers to Support Survivors of Human Trafficking
This panel will bring together professionals working on the ground to prevent and respond to survivors of human trafficking, including case managers, community educators, and advocates. They’ll share a variety of perspectives and experiences to help our member agencies better understand how others on the ground are working to prevent human trafficking and provide direct services to survivors. Topics covered will include engaging with your community about human trafficking, building and working with a multidisciplinary team, and providing direct services to survivors.

May 16th, 2019

9:00am – 10:15am
Opening Plenary

Imagining Our Way Forward

10:30am – 12:00pm
Breakout Session 6

WeToo: Self-Care for Advocates
Speakers: Meredith Hooks
As we discuss what we may require in terms of the energy and strategy to push us forward and recognize the shift in our social landscape following the explosion of campaigns such as #TimesUp and the #MeToo movement, my presentation will help to answer the question, “What do we need to achieve more?” One thing we in the movement need to consider, now more than ever, is self-care. Many advocates are survivors themselves and the attention being given to sexual harassment and assault around the world is beneficial to the movement but can be triggering as well. I will walk advocates through a self-care assessment and explore ways in which they can best care for themselves so that they may advocate for others.

Minimizing Survivors’ Re-victimization Through Trauma Informed Forensic Nursing Practices
Speakers: Visha K. Burkart, BSN, RN
Sexual assault is a traumatic event with potentially devastating lifelong effects on physical and emotional health. The goal for every forensic exam and patient interaction performed by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) should be an evidence-based, patient-centered, and trauma-informed encounter. This presentation will review the neurobiological changes that occur as a consequence of sexual assault (how the brain responds during a traumatic experience and the impact of trauma on memory) as well as identify characteristics of a patient-centered approach to a sexual assault exam and demonstrate trauma-informed forensic nursing practices. Considerations for trauma-informed practice within the multidisciplinary team (law enforcement, other medical professionals, and advocates) that can better serve patients with a history of sexual assault are also discussed.

Building a Movement by Building a Coalition
Speakers: Pam Strickland
Building a successful movement in a community to solve a shared problem requires a mix of partners, and they all need to understand how they are part of the solution. We’ll share the story of one successful local coalition. The audience will be asked to share positive and negative characteristics of coalitions, using their own experiences when possible. (This will be recorded on a large memo board.) Based on the positives, we’ll create a list of suggestions for how to build a successful coalition. Who should be invited? How often should they meet? What happens at the meetings? How do you keep them engaged? After this group discussion, participants will be grouped by community when possible, and by size of community, if not. We’ll share a self-assessment tool created by Margaret Henderson of the UNC School of Government for Project NO REST. Participants from the same or similarly-sized communities will work together to share ideas and leave with a plan to build or strengthen their local coalitions.

Trauma Informed Supervision
Speaker: Cat Fribley
Supervision happens all day every day; it is crucial to effective services for survivors of sexual violence and to support of staff. Supervision is how leaders communicate the tone and culture of the program, how feedback is given, and how anti-oppression is incorporated into daily work. Sometimes we think of supervision as an hour a week of individual check-in. That is one task of supervision, but it is so much more. Join us to discuss the ways that trauma informed care extends to our supervision practices and how our commitment to trauma informed supervision helps end sexual violence.

1:00pm – 2:15pm
Panel Discussion

The State of Sexual Assault in North Carolina: Impacts of Media, Legislation and Implementation