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Weekly Snapshot subscribers can pre-register for this limited opportunity educational conference to secure guaranteed seats!
We are excited to announce our first annual Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Conference to be held on July 18 - 22, 2016 in Washington, D.C. In response to a directive from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, this ground-breaking program has been developed with nationally recognized subject matter experts and reviewed and vetted by our federal government partner organizations. The course is designed to provide college and university leadership involved in investigating and adjudicating sexual misconduct cases the information and resources necessary to conduct trauma-informed investigations in line with evolving practices.
Hosted by George Washington University, the conference consists of our four-day flagship Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication program, to be followed by a fifth day of presentations and discussions with representatives from Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Education (ED), Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC), Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Clery Center.
We are pleased to offer pre-registration to our Weekly Snapshot subscribers! To pre-register your institution or department, please contact us with the names and email addresses of those who plan to attend by Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.  We will send a separate e-mail to these individuals with additional registration information. To guarantee your seat, you must complete your registration by Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Program registration fees are $1,695 per participant, with a $150 discount available for members of relevant professional associations and additional discounts for campuses sending groups of five or more. Space will be limited, and due to high demand, we expect our sessions to fill up quickly. Registration will open to the general public on May 4, 2016.  

For more information, please visit the NCCPS website or contact us

May is Mental Health Month
As we transition from April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month to May's Mental Health Month (MHM), we are reminded of the overlap that these two months share. Approximately one in five adults in the U.S.  ( 43.8 million, or 18.5%) experience mental illness in a given year. The most common mental health challenges affect individuals for a variety of reasons including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, or life events. For example, victims of sexual violence often blame themselves for their assault. Their mental health issues may include depression; anxiety; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD; personality disruptions; attachment disruptions; addictions; and triggers.
MHM was started 67 years ago by Mental Health America to help raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. This year's theme, Life with a Mental Illness, calls upon individuals to share "what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures and video by tagging their social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike (or submitting to MHA anonymously)."
The statistics* on mental illness, particularly for college-aged men and women, are concerning.
  • Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24.
  • One in four college students have a diagnosable illness.
  • More than 80 percent of college students felt overwhelmed by all they had to do in the past year and 45 percent have felt things were hopeless.
  • Almost one third of all college students report having felt so depressed that they had trouble functioning.
  • Compared to older adults, the 18-24-year old age group shows the lowest rate of help-seeking.
Both general mental health resources and those specific for victims of sexual violence can be found by visiting or contacting the organizations listed below. You can also find additional resources by visiting the Affiliates section of our website.
Stayed tuned for our related article next week on the rise in suicide rates. We'll include results of a new study and up-to-date resources for your campus community.
* Statistics provided by nami.org and mentalhealthamerica.net

Addressing Sexual Assault in the Study Abroad Setting
Studying abroad affords students the opportunity to experience new places, cultures, and different styles of education. The latest Open Doors data from the Institute of International Education and U.S. Department of State shows 304,467 American college and university students studied abroad in 2013/14, and one in ten undergraduates studies abroad before graduating.
A study in the journal Psychological Trauma reports that female undergraduates are three to five times more likely to experience sexual assault while studying abroad than on a U.S. campus. The prevention of and response to sexual assault in the international setting should be part of an institution's overall plans. The U.S. Department of State, Overseas Security Advisory Council's (OSAC) report, Addressing Sexual Assault While Abroad (PDF), offers detailed information on travel preparation, those at risk, how students can protect themselves, and options for students and program directors to consider after an incident occurs.
Students and others who are unfamiliar with local laws or the legitimacy of a host-nation police force should be encouraged to review country-specific OSAC Crime and Safety Reports (CSRs), using OSAC's region locator, prior to departure. CSRs give overviews of and contact information for various law enforcement agencies and medical facilities, and discuss vulnerabilities for minority travelers such as women or those within the LGBTQIA community. The FBI also offers a Safety and Security for US Students Traveling Abroad  brochure that addresses threats students may encounter when traveling abroad and provides tips for reducing risk by avoiding unsafe situations.
Sexual misconduct response obligations required by Title IX and the VAWA amendments to Clery still apply in education abroad programs. NAFSA: Association of International Educators provides the following information to help institutions understand their reporting obligations:
  • The Clery Act and Education Abroad: Understanding Crime Reporting Requirements presentation and supplemental handout (PDFs) - the presentation provides an in-depth look at the Clery Act and specific requirements for Education Abroad Programs. The handout offers a variety of pertinent resources for crime reporting abroad, including available campus resources, publications, and an education abroad program checklist.   
Visit our online library for other relevant resources.

Access our online calendar of events.
Professional Development Opportunities

Title:  Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Strategies in Support of Social Justice
Host: PreventConnect
Date: May 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Creating a Culture of Wellness: A 360 Degree View
Host: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Date: May 4, 2016 at 2:30 PM
Location: Online
Fee: Free

Title: Campus Emergencies Prevention, Response, and Recovery (MGT-324)
Host: National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT)
Dates:  May 4-5, 2016
Location: Ogden, UT
Fee:  Free

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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