In the Loop 
November 2014
Table of Contents
31st International Symposium on Child Abuse
Forensic Interviewing of Children Training
Parental Desensitization to Violence and Sex in Movies
Demanding Justice Report 2014
More 2015 Training Dates
Vicarious Traumatization: A Guide for Managing the Silent Stressor
What's New in CALiO
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National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth
An Online Resource for Parents of Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors

The National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth (NCSBY) is excited to announce the launch of the Parents and Resources sections of the Center's website - www.ncsby.org. The overall purpose of NCSBY is to improve the accuracy, accessibility, and strategic use of information about the nature, incidence, prevalence, prevention, treatment, and management of problematic sexual behavior in youth. This information is intended to help parents (and professionals) understand and support healthy sexual development and behaviors in children and adolescents.

Poster Contest

The U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) coordinates a national poster contest for fifth grade students to increase awareness about national efforts to bring missing children home, and to remember children who are still missing. The theme for the poster contest is "Bring Our Missing Children Home."

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Do You Know?

In the 2014 study titled, Parental Desensitization to Violence and Sex in Movies,
which one of the following was not found?

A. Older parents were more subject to desensitization toward sexual content

B. Parents were more restrictive of sexual content if their child was older

C. Desensitization to violence occurred even when sexual clips preceded violent ones shown to study participants

D. Those who frequently watched movies were more readily desensitized to violence

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31st International Symposium on Child Abuse

Make the most of your time at
Symposium by attending one of three dynamic
Pre-conference Sessions held by internationally recognized experts.

 


 

Risk Assessment and Management of Sex Offenders in the Community - Joe Sullivan, PhD

 

 

Monday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 

with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. 

 

Registration for Pre-Conference Sessions may be done during the registration process for Symposium by selecting the Pre-Conference option. It is possible to register for a 

Pre-Conference Session without registering for Symposium.
 


 

For questions regarding Pre-Conference Sessions at Symposium, please contact Sherelle Gilbert at sgilbert@nationalcac.org.

Forensic Interviewing of Children Training

 

The goal of forensic interviewing is to elicit a complete and accurate account of the child's experience while minimizing the introduction of specific information or influence from the interviewer.  In order to achieve this goal the forensic interviewer must have specialized training. 

 

Why NCAC's  

Forensic Interviewing of Children Training

 is the best choice for you.

  • The NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure is internationally recognized. 
  • NCAC's Forensic Interviewing of Children Training has the only interview practicum day that utilizes actual children for a more realistic training experience.
  • NCAC Trainers are also practicing interviewers. 
  • Post training resources and support are provided to all participants.
  • Continued education credits are available to all trainees.
  • NCAC was the first Children's Advocacy Center in the world and has trained over 70,000 professionals from 33 countries.
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Parental Desensitization to Violence and Sex in Movies
 
Parents become desensitized to both violence and sex in movies, which may contribute to the increasing acceptance of both types of content by both parents and the raters employed by the film industry. In recognition that parents might not want their children exposed to violent or sexually explicit films, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the movie industry's trade association, assigns ratings that warn parents of that content. In recent years, however, the MPAA's rating board, the Classification and Rating Administration (CARA), has allowed more violent content into the films it rates as acceptable for adolescents under the age of 17 years. For example, the amount of gun violence in top-grossing PG-13 films has more than tripled since the PG-13 rating was introduced in 1985.  Indeed, in 2012, popular PG-13 films contained significantly more gun violence than R-rated films, which are more likely to contain explicit sex.   Although sexual content has been classified more consistently in the R category, there is also evidence that sex has become more prevalent in the PG-13 category.

CARA acknowledges that its standards have changed over time and attributes this to the changing standards of parents.  An alternative and not necessarily incompatible explanation for this "ratings creep" is that parents on CARA's rating board and in the general population have become desensitized by repeated exposure to increasing amounts of violence and sex in films.  This full report is located in CALiO™ Collections.  Simply enter the title in the search box.
NCAC Out and About
NCAC Executive Director, Chris Newlin, traveled to Athens, Greece in October 2014 where he consulted with the Smile of the Child agency , the U.S. Embassy, and the Greek Ministry of Justice on developing the first CAC in Greece. Chris also conducted a two-day Multidisciplinary Team Training for sixty multidisciplinary professionals and Smile of the Child who will be developing the CAC.

Chris then headed to the National District Attorneys Association "Strategies for Justice" Conference where he delivered three workshop presentations and a Plenary Presentation titled, "Grooming: There Is A Lot In It For Us."

Also in October, Chris Newlin traveled to Sao Paolo, Brazil to present to the Sao Paolo Tribunal of Justice and Childhood Brasil regarding the CAC Model and its positive impact. As a result of these presentations, Childhood Brasil leadership has formally agreed to pursue "Integrated Centers" as a formal priority in partnership with the National Council of Justice. This was a further extension of the NCAC's longstanding collaboration with Childhood Brasil.

Chris wrapped up the month in Charleston, SC at the Interstate Commission for Juveniles 2014 Annual Business Meeting where he facilitated a panel discussion on human trafficking which included participation from Judges, the FBI, Polaris Project, Homeland Security Investigations, and others.
In October, NCAC Senior Trainer, Linda Cordisco Steele, traveled to Missouri to conduct an Advanced Forensic Interview Training.  Linda then went to San Paolo, Brazil to build on the Forensic Interviewing of Children Training, Peer Review and Supervisor Training she provided last year.

NCAC Trainer, Andra Chamberlin conducted Forensic Interviewing of Children Trainings, in New York and in Arizona.

Betsy Goulet traveled to Wisconsin to conduct an Advanced Victim Advocacy Training on behalf of the NCAC.

SRCAC Trainer, Karen Hangartner conducted a Vicarious Trauma Training on behalf of the NCAC in Toronto, Canada.
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Demanding Justice 
Report 2014

America's youth are at risk because of a simple economic principle-demand for sex acts with children drives the market of exploitation. Little has been done to address the culture of tolerance or confront the obvious conclusion that penalizing buyers is essential to protecting our youth from becoming prey. Unfortunately, attempts to find answers to the problem of demand have been scarce. In a very limited number of cases a buyer has been convicted federally under a provision of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and this needs to be developed for greater applicability at the state level. Enactment of good laws at the state and federal level are essential but just the beginning. Enforcement of these laws will be the deterrent necessary to stem demand for commercial sex acts with children.  This full report is located in CALiO™ Collections.  Simply enter the title in the search box.
More 2015 Training Dates 

April 28-30, 2015
Tampa, FL

November 3-5, 2015
Scottsdale, AZ

June 16-18, 2015
Indianapolis, IN

October 6-8, 2015
Portsmouth, NH

April 14-16, 2015
October 14-16, 2015
Huntsville, AL

Registration coming soon!
CAC of the Month
Memphis Child Advocacy Center

Memphis, Tennessee

On October 31, 2014 Memphis Child Advocacy Center hosted their oldest and most successful fundraiser, Chefs' Celebrity Gala.  The Gala, sponsored by the American Culinary Federation, Greater Memphis chapter, raised over $250,000.  Along with the silent auction, the 500 guests are offered a chance to purchase one of the Teddy Bear Surprises for prices ranging from $250-$1,000.  Each bear contains a surprise that is not revealed until after purchase.  Surprises include: jewelry, travel vouchers, and restaurant gift certificates.  

Way to Make a Difference!
Contact Kara Watkins to nominate your CAC for the CAC of the Month.
Vicarious Traumatization: 
A Guide for Managing the Silent Stressor 
Police work has long been understood to involve work that may be considered upsetting and shocking to the public. Police officers routinely have to respond to situations where they are exposed to the worst of people and the worst of what people do to each other. Vicarious traumatization is the psychological cost of caring for victims who have been traumatized while feeling a sense of responsibility to help. While most officers learn to maintain an emotional boundary to protect themselves from emotional contagion, it is more challenging to detach while dealing with victims of trauma, particularly when the situation involves a child. Furthermore, the duty to render help to the victim is inherent in the police mission of "to protect and to serve."

This article examines research concerning vicarious traumatization and its application to the law enforcement population. Vicarious traumatization will be defined and signs and symptoms explained within the context of the police profession. The article also makes program recommendations designed to mitigate the impact of vicarious traumatization on police personnel, with a special attention to those who work assignments that expose them to child victims.  This full guide is located in CALiO™ under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of First Responders.
Quote of the Month

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter."
Martin Luther King Jr.

Submit your favorite quotes to kwatkins@nationalcac.org.
What's New in CALiO™? 
(Child Abuse Library Online)

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New to CALiO™ this month is the study, "Longitudinal Association Between Teen Sexting and Sexual Behavior."  This study examined whether teen sexting at baseline predicted sexual behavior at 1-year follow-up and whether active sexting mediated the relationship between passive sexting and sexual behavior. Results support the notion that sexting fits within the context of adolescent sexual development and may be a viable indicator of adolescent sexual activity.  This full study is located in CALiO™ Collections.  Simply enter the title in the search box.

Also new to CALiO™ this month is, "It's a Lonely Journey: A Rapid Evidence Assessment on Intrafamilial Child Sexual Abuse."  The purpose of this Rapid Evidence Assessment was to understand what is known about the prevalence, scale, and scope of child sexual abuse within the family environment, the profile of both victims and perpetrators, and to identify gaps in knowledge. Also examined were effective treatment and support, as well as how the criminal justice processes help or hinder children's protection and recovery. This full assessment is located in CALiO™ Collections.  Simply enter the title in the search box.
 
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