An engaged audience of almost 100 practitioners, researchers and policymakers came together on August 26, 2011 to hear the latest research in the field of primary prevention of sexual abuse and violence. The MN Department of Health and the Office of Justice Programs at the MN Department of Public Safety funded this MN Symposium which was organized by MDH’s Data Resource Team. The MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) played an instrumental role through its work with this team.
Audience members had the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas during group discussion, idea cards and feedback forms. This Symposium is a beginning step in bringing the strengths and insights of these three key disciplines together to develop targeted and effective primary prevention strategies. Participants expressed interest in continuing this dialogue and in future opportunities to connect across disciplines. A report from this important exchange will be available through the MN Department of Health this fall.
Effective primary prevention efforts that support systemic change are best supported by a broad base of individuals and organizations that share a common vision but bring varying perspectives and life skills to carry out that vision. The purpose of the Minnesota Champion Communities Project is to support the development of multidisciplinary community teams which will form in order to address the prevention of sexual violence. This is an on-going initiative to build primary prevention competencies in the state which will include targeted technical assistance to involved communities.
The Minnesota Champion Communities Project is part of a collective partnership between the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition, and the Minnesota Men's Action Network: Alliance to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence, to provide training and technical assistance to communities interested in developing a sustainable primary prevention collaborative.
MNCASA and the Center for Integrative Leadership hosted several roundtables at the end of June, 2010. To view each roundtable's handouts, please click on the links below.
The Role of Faith in Preventing Sexual Violence
The Role of Higher Education in Preventing Sexual Violence
The Role of Business and Industry in Preventing Sexual Violence
The Role of Media in Preventing Sexual Violence