August 9, 2017

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New IACP Resource for Responding to Sexual Violence in LGBTQ+ Communities
The percentage of  serious violent crime not reported to police, including rape and sexual assault, is high, with 42% of the victimizations occurring from 2006-2010 in the U.S. not being reported. According to the  CDC, individuals who self-identify as lesbian, gay, and bisexual have an equal or higher prevalence of experiencing intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking as compared to self-identified heterosexuals, with bisexual women being disproportionately impacted. Furthermore, transgender people experience much higher rates of general violent victimization than most other populations with 47% of respondents to the  2015 U.S. Transgender Survey (PDF) reporting they had been sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetimes. It is important for all sectors of society to work together to end violent victimizations. Law enforcement, including campus public safety, are in a unique position to support victims, hold offenders accountable, and prevent future acts of violence. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently released  Responding to Sexual Violence in LGBTQ+ Communities: Law Enforcement Strategies and Considerations (PDF) to help strengthen law enforcement's understanding of and response to sexual violence in LGBTQ+ communities. The foundational information presented in this document is of particular importance to building trust and relationships with LGBTQ+ communities through agency mission, procedures, policy, and training.
The IACP, supported by a grant from  Raliance, brought a multidisciplinary group of subject matter experts together to discuss the needs, challenges, and successful practices of law enforcement when working with members of LGBTQ+ communities, specifically on issues of sexual assault/violence. Information from this meeting, together with feedback and contributions from other professionals across the nation, is presented in this document of strategies that reflects current thinking and comprehensive information on the crime of sexual assault in LGBTQ+ communities. Topics addressed in the document include:
  • Vocabulary and language
  • Public relations
  • Challenges associated with reporting sexual violence
  • Policies and procedures
  • Interviewing LGBTQ+ victims of sexual violence
  • Personnel, training, and supervision
The document is meant to be a starting point for agencies to strengthen practices, partnerships, and programs with LGBTQ+ communities. The agency assessment questionnaire (p.11) can be used as a tool to assist agency leaders in examining their operations as well as to promote an understanding of the complexities of sexual violence in LGBTQ+ communities and encourage the implementation of proactive procedures. 
You may read the  IACP blog post for more on this document or visit our  online library and search for the tag "LGBTQ" to access additional resources.  

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Free NCCPS Webinar: Violence Prevention/De-Escalation of Emotionally Charged Situations
There's still time to register for our August webinar with Mourning Fox, MA, LCMHC, deputy commissioner for the Vermont Department of Mental Health. Fox will explore the issues around why people resort to violence and the risk factors individuals have that may make them more, or less, likely to use violence. This webinar is part of our free Campus Public Safety Online series and will take place on  Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET . Space is limited and registration is required.
Fox will discuss the three major predictors of violence and their impact on how responders deal with emotionally charged situations both before they happen and as they take place. He will explain the importance of building a common language to describe potentially problematic or actually problematic behaviors seen in people who are in emotionally charged states in order to improve effective communication between responders and support services.
This presentation is appropriate for campus safety and security, law enforcement, residential life staff, campus/mental health counselors, and mental health advocates and/or organizations with a spectrum of experience in de-escalating situations, from beginner to advanced. De-escalation is a transferable skill and could be used by others as well.  

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#40Actions Campaign Launches Today
Today is the first day of HazingPrevention.Org's (HPO) #40Actions campaign. Previously known as #40Answers, HPO and its partner for the past seven years, Sigma Nu Fraternity, used the campaign to challenge commonly held excuses for hazing. This year, they decided to change their approach to one that was more action-oriented.
The campaign is designed to engage the Twitter community through daily interactions for each of the 40 days leading up to National Hazing Prevention Week, which begins on September 18. Each day, HPO and Sigma Nu will tweet a reason why individuals do not step in and take action to prevent hazing. Some examples include: 
  • I'm newer to my organization/team. How could I know who my allies are? 
  • I don't know how to stop the hazing without tarnishing my team/organization's reputation. 
  • Advisors/coaches have told me that these are just "traditions." I feel like they don't get it. 
  • By intervening in the hazing, I could get (emotionally/physically) hurt.
By following the #40Actions hashtag and using it to respond, followers can explain how they will overcome these challenges and take action on their campus. Tracy Maxwell, founder of HPO and volunteer on the campaign said, "This campaign allows students, parents, and all members of the community to share ideas on how you can take action and prevent hazing." Following the hashtag on Twitter allows people to learn how to change the culture in their own community. Oftentimes, people may feel paralyzed or uncertain about what steps to take when hazing is happening around them. The 40 days of community voices can help.
A complete list of all 40 hazing statements can be found on the #40Actions campaign web page and information about National Hazing Prevention Week including a promo video, resource and planning guide, pledge form, and online courses are available. For more information about HPO or hazing, please contact Executive Director Emily Pualwan and HPO.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: IAEM 65th Annual Conference & EMEX*
Organization: International Association of Emergency Managers
Dates: November 10-15, 2017 
Location: Long Beach, CA
Fee: Registration fee
* Universities and Colleges Emergency Managers Practitioners Symposium:  November 11-12, 2017 
Download instructions (PDF) on how to register for the symposium only.
Title: Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Institute
Organization: NCCPS
Dates: September 19-22, 2017
Location: Portland, OR
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Social Media and Threat Management
Organization: Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry
Date: October 5, 2017
Location: Salem, OR
Fee: Registration fee

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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.