WEBINARS

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    • Recorded on
    • Tuesday
    • June 9

    We are Still Here, Part 2: Adjusting Your Services to the New Reality Behind Bars

    The pandemic has hit prisons and jails particularly hard. As the virus continues to spread behind bars, one thing is clear — access to outside support services for incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse is critical at this time. In Part 1 of this discussion, we focused on how to ensure survivors are able to receive services in the midst of the pandemic. In addition to giving an update on the current state of the pandemic behind bars, Part 2 will look at how to best support incarcerated survivors during this time. We will dive deeper into strategies for adjusting your services for incarcerated survivors, including tips for addressing fears related to COVID-19 and for providing services remotely.

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    • Recorded on
    • Thursday
    • April 6

    We Are Still Here: Supporting Incarcerated Survivors During COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has made accessing rape crisis support services extremely difficult— especially for survivors behind bars. During this virtual gathering, recorded on April 2, JDI and CALCASA staff answer questions and provide support to advocates working to ensure incarcerated survivors continue to receive services vital to their healing. We offer the recording of this conversation as a supplement to official sources of information on this evolving public health crisis, in order to continue to center incarcerated survivors. Even in the best of times, the stories and needs of incarcerated survivors are frequently disregarded. Incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse and sexual harassment continue to need the lifeline of rape crisis services and advocacy provided by Victim Advocates via letter and hotline to an even greater degree during COVID-19.

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    • Recorded on
    • Thursday
    • June 6
    • 2:00pm-3:30pm ET

    Vulnerable and Underserved: Victim Advocacy for Incarcerated Deaf and Hard of Hearing Survivors

    This webinar will shine a light on the staggering challenges facing incarcerated survivors who are deaf or hard of hearing and strengthen advocates’ capacity to help them. Even though federal laws require accommodations for imprisoned deaf and disabled people, many deaf prisoners still live in a “prison within a prison.” Deaf and hard of hearing prisoners are deprived of sign language interpreters, videophones, and other resources that would ensure effective communication with staff and other inmates, as well as their families and attorneys. As a result, it can be virtually impossible for incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse who are deaf or hard of hearing to get help — making a report, speaking with a victim advocate and accessing needed medical and mental health care.

     

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    • Recorded on
    • Tuesday
    • May 28
    • 2:00pm-3:30pm ET

    Vulnerable and Underserved: Victim Advocacy for Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse Perpetrated by Women

    This webinar will examine the issue of women perpetrators of sexual abuse in detention — and give advocates the tools to help survivors of this abuse. Contrary to popular perception, sexual abuse in detention is often committed by women. Nationwide prisoner surveys have found that women are disproportionately represented among staff perpetrators of sexual abuse. In juvenile detention, a staggering 94 percent of survivors of staff sexual misconduct were abused by a woman. In addition, sexual abuse by prisoners is far more common in women’s facilities than in men’s. Recent data also suggest that sexual violence by women is likely substantially more prevalent in the community than previously understood. This webinar will explore the available information on the incidence and dynamics of sexual abuse in detention perpetrated by women. It will provide guidance for advocates on addressing the impact of this violence on survivors, including how to use the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards as a tool to ensure that abuse by women is investigated and taken seriously. Our guest presenter is an advocate who has provided individual in-person counseling for many incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse by women.

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    • Recorded on
    • Friday
    • May 10
    • 2:00-3:30pm ET

    Vulnerable and Underserved: Victim Advocacy for Incarcerated Survivors with Mental Illness

    This webinar will focus on a segment of the U.S. prison population that has grown exponentially in recent decades — people with mental illness. About half of all people in jails and prisons suffer from mental illness, and only a small fraction of them receive the treatment they need. Worse still, corrections officials often fail to ensure their safety. This webinar will look at the high rates of sexual abuse this population experiences, and the challenges that they face in accessing trauma-informed assistance. Additionally, presenters will highlight how to use the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards as a tool to advocate for prisoners with mental illness. A licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in jail and juvenile detention systems will provide practical guidance on how to serve incarcerated survivors with mental illness, including managing confidentiality and obtaining clinical support from the facility’s mental health staff.

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