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    CCASA News & Announcements

    January 1, 2013

    News and Announcements

    CCASA SAAM Awards: Visionary Voice and Media Excellence Award Nominations OPEN!! 

    Each year, the CCASA SAAM Planning Committee honors members and the community for work they have done to address sexual violence.  We are currently seeking nominations for the following awards to be given at the SAAM Kick-off at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 2nd!

    Visionary Voice Award

    Each year CCASA partners with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to honor an individual in Colorado with the visionary voice award. These awards are announced every April during SAAM to spotlight the great work happening in communities to prevent sexual violence. Click here to learn more and click here to nominate someone!

    Media Excellence Award (Rural & Urban)

    The 2013 Media Excellence Award recognizes individual or organizational dedication to dispelling myths about sexual violence, breaking the silence surrounding this crime, and providing survivor-centered coverage of sexual violence and related topics in news, radio, print, and online media. The award will be presented to both an urban and rural Colorado-based media company or individual who consistently demonstrates commitment and skills in covering the topic of sexual violence. Click here to learn more and to nominate! 


    Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference:
    Call for Presenters! 

    Hosted by CCASA & CCADV

    Share your knowledge of best practice, current trends, and cutting edge topics with 200+ Colorado Advocates at the


    Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference, June 10-12, 2013 at the Vail Marriott, Vail, CO. We welcome workshops on any of a multitude of topics, so tell us your idea! We also seek workshops specifically pertaining to prevention work, work in rural communities, work with the Latin@ community, and management of anti-violence organizations.
    Click here to visit the conference website, the Proposal FAQ page, and to submit a proposal.   Have a question? Contact Conference Coordinator, Marci Whitman, at 303-521-0201 or
    Proposals Due: January 18, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

    from the CCADV Newsletter
    CONGRATULATIONS to The Advocates of Lake County in Leadville on the opening of their new shelter “Alder House.”  Alder House has 4 rooms to shelter victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.  The house can house up to 16 people at one time.  The opening of Alder House also coincides with the agency’s 30 year anniversary — two huge milestones!  Phone numbers, crisis line and P.O. box number all remain the same.

    Memorial Hospital Announces Statewide SANE/SAFE Project
    The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) has awarded the Memorial Hospital University of Colorado Health in Colorado Springs the Colorado SANE/SAFE Statewide Project for 2013. The focus on the Colorado SANE/SAFE Statewide Project will be to better address the needs of medical as well as multidisciplinary professionals responding to sexual violence across Colorado communities. Click here to read the full announcement!

    In This Issue

    New Resources!

    CCASA’s January Webinar!

    Job Announcements


    Quick Links

    Submit YOUR events to CCASA’s Calendar of Events!!


    Check out the Latest CCASA Blog Posts!

    The most recent posts written by CCASA members are available at The CCASA Blog! 


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    January is National Stalking Awareness Month
    Click here to email CCASA to request a FREE DVD & discussion guide from OVC “The Use of Technology to Stalk.”  Visit the National Stalking Resource Center for additional resources!

    SAAM Planning has begun!
    It is that time of year again…planning for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April 2013 has begun at CCASA.  We have a dedicated committee of CCASA members working on new resources, events, and outreach for members in April.  If you have specific requests for resources that will help you with SAAM activities and planning, please let Alexa know at  Look for the SAAM resource CD coming out in January!

    2013 SAAM National Campaign

    The 2013 National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention.  “This April, join the conversation. Start talking about healthy childhood development to prevent child sexual abuse.”


    Assisting Trafficking Victims Information Packet
    This information packet describes practices used in cases of human trafficking, how they relate to sexual violence, and how to assist and advocate for victims of human trafficking. There are 6 resources in this information packet. Click here to access it!

    ¡Nuestra colección de recursos en español está creciendo! Uno nuevo recurso sobre la trata de personas por el Polaris Project está aquí: La trata de personas.

    Coordinated Community Response to Prison Sexual Violence
    Just Detention International released the third recording in their recent webinar series: It Takes a Team: Building a Coordinated Response to Sexual Abuse in Prison.

    Best Practices Resources from EVAWI

    Their website offers a new “Best Practices” section that provides answers pertaining to topics such as:    

    • Interviewing techniques 
    • Reluctant victims 
    • Working with advocates 
    • Joint interviews and many others!

    Click here to access this resource!


    Study Finds Violence Committed by Strangers Declined

    Violent Victimization Committed by Strangers, 1993-2010” (NCJ 239424, 19 pp.) presents findings on the rates and levels of violent victimization committed by offenders who were strangers to the victims, including homicide, rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault.


    Trainings and Events

    CCASA’s January Webinars!

    “Understanding victim-advocate privilege for law enforcement, district attorney & community-based advocates”

    Wednesday, January 23rd
    12-1:30pm MST, free webinar
    Presented by Linda Johnston, Project Director of the Ending Violence Against Women Project at the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council and Lisa Teesch-Maguire, 18th JD District Attorney’s Office
    This webinar will explore all types of advocate-privilege law in Colorado.  Learn about which communications are privileged and which communications are subject to disclosure. Topics will include discovery, how discovery processes work at district attorneys’ offices, how to request discovery, what type of information is discoverable or “exculpatory,” learning how to protect victims from unwarranted and dangerous disclosures, witness testimony and privilege, and learning when it is appropriate to file motions to quash defense subpoenas for victim-advocate notes and/or testimony.
    This webinar is presented in collaboration with DVP and the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
    Click HERE to Register!



    RAAP’s “Someone I Love” Workshop

    Thursday, January 24th (English) 

    6-9pm, Denver

    A workshop for partners, family and friends (ages 16 years and older) of sexual assault survivors.

    Click here for more information about the 1/24 workshop!


    Attorneys and Advocates: Partnering Productively While Protecting Privacy

    Monday, January 14th, 2013

    3:00 – 4:30 pm EST

    Please register by January 11th at


    9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Aurora City Hall

    Register by email: 

    (Provide name, title, organization, email and phone.)


    Neurobiology of Trauma (Clinician Training)

    Thursday January 24

    9:00 AM to 4:00 PM MST

    Imagine! 1665 Coal Creek Drive

    Lafayette, CO 80026 

    Cost: Regular $75; Student/Non-Profit $40; 1/2 day only $50 

    Presented by MESA, this training opportunity for advocates, clinicians, law enforcement & other professionals seeking to gain more knowledge in effectively serving survivors of sexual violence! Click HERE to learn more!


    Opening Doors: 

    Using Energy to Find the Real You… 

    A Workshop for Male & Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 

    Denver District 1 Community Room 1311 w. 46th ave Denver, CO

    Part I – January 25, 2013 5-9pm

    Part II – February 15, 2013 5-9pm
    Click here to learn more!


    Recognizing & Responding to Stalking in Later Life

    January 31st at 11am MST

    A 2010 national study found that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men will be stalked in their lifetime. While stalking occurs across the lifespan, research indicates that approximately 10% of stalking victims are ages 50 – 64 and 4% are age 65 or older. Most stalking victims know their offenders. For older stalking victims, the offender may be current or former intimate partner, a relative, or an acquaintance, such as a current or former care giver. Victims of stalking in later life face unique challenges, including lack of dedicated services for stalking victims and lack of recognition of stalking among providers of services to older adults. This webinar will provide participants with an understanding of the dynamics of stalking, explore the challenges faced by victims of stalking in later life, and provide professionals with considerations for working with older stalking victims.

    Click HERE to register!  

    CCADV’s LEAD 2013
    Legislative Education & Advocacy Day
    February 11-12

    Brown Palace Hotel, Denver 

    The focus of year’s LEAD will be a bill to address systemic problems in child custody cases.  Both survivors of domestic violence and advocates have struggled with these issues for years. The Coalition’s legislation will make meaningful changes to domestic relations and civil protection order laws as they relate to child custody actions involving domestic violence or child abuse. Click HERE to learn more and to register!

    Investigation of Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assaults  

    February 14 , 2012

    9:00 am to 11:00 AM  *please allow additional time to check in at security*

    Cost:  Free

    Adams County District Attorney’s Office

    Sean May Memorial Training Room (1st Floor)

    1000 Judicial Center Drive, Suite 100, Brighton, CO  80601

     Sponsored by the 17th Judicial District Sexual Assault Response Team

    This presentation is a comprehensive over view of the dynamics of drug facilitated sexual assaults including the importance of recognizing alcohol as a tool for sexual offenders.  It will discuss a victim centered investigation, investigative techniques and evidence review and examination. Register via Email:

    Michelle Wolff , MEd

    17th Judicial District  SART  Coordinator



    Where Technology Meets Confidentiality: Strengthening Agencies & Services
    March 11 – 13, 2013 Portland, OR
    This conference covers a range of topics that impact victim safety and confidentiality. We will provide tools and best practices to enhance victim services programs and innovative partnerships. Attendees will learn and review best practices to effectively address critical technology and confidentiality issues. Click here to register!

    International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking

    April 3-5, 2013

    Baltimore, MD

    Join fellow law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, medical personnel, faith community members, educators and others for this conference highlighting promising practices and emerging issues in sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. Click HERE to register!   


    6th Annual Forensic Investigations Conference

    May 15-17, 2013

    Kansas City Convention Center

    301 W 13th St

    Kansas City, MO 64105

    Join fellow law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, crisis workers, criminalists, crime scene investigators, physicians, nurses, forensic examiners, and EMS personnel for this cutting edge conference. We will focus on a broad array of emerging forensic practices, in sexual assault, interpersonal violence, child and elder abuse in both an urban and rural environment. This conference is designed to provide a multidisciplinary interactive & joint educational opportunity regarding promising practices when working with victims of violence. Click here for more information and to register!



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