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Trauma Informed Care in Schools (Webinar)

Join Pete Singer, co-founder of Care in Action Minnesota, as he discusses trauma informed care in schools. This webinar will be held April 22 from 3:30-6:30PM CT. The focus of this training will be 1) an understanding of six principles of trauma-informed care and 2) Individual and organizational responses to secondary traumatic stress.

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In These Times: An Online Safety Inventory

As families work to respond to COVID-19, many parents are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and afraid. Caregivers are trying to do what is right for their children without the benefit of a road map of what has worked well before.

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A Letter from Patty Wetterling

We, our family and friends, are not unfamiliar with some of the dynamics of the crisis our nation is facing. There is tremendous fear, and it is taking way too long to solve, or turn things around. Living with fear and unknowns for nearly 27 years, we managed to find ways to cope. Maybe some of our coping strategies will be helpful to you…

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Child Protector App: Protecting against child abuse

Child Protector assists Children’s Protective Services, law enforcement, attorneys and medical personnel when evaluating children who may have been physically abused. The free app was developed by Children’s Mercy and the University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio) through Children’s Justice Act Funding from Texas and Missouri.

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30 Year Anniversary: March – Be Kind- Youth Serving Organizations

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys (as we fondly call “GSRV,” “River Valleys,” or “council”) is one of 111 Girl Scout councils in the United States. We operate as Girl Scouts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We serve 28,000 girls in southern Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and a single (yet important!) county in Iowa. Our work is supported by more

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The “Hit No More” Social Media Contest

Are you a social media whiz? Check out the “Hit No More” Social Media Competition. The goal of this contest is to develop social media materials to persuade Americans that physical punishment is never okay to use—so to quit hitting children.

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11 for Jacob – The Beginning of A Movement

The answer to the question of what happened to Jacob Wetterling came in September of 2016. It was not the answer that we wanted. What happened to Jacob was and is completely unfair. One spark that came out of that dark and grief filled time was a movement for the people of Minnesota and beyond to move forward in hope

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Family-Friendly Valentines based on the #11forJacob Movement

Family-friendly Valentines based on the #11forJacob Movement. Download and print your own to give to family and friends to share our message of hope and positivity! Be Kind Be Positive Be Joyful Be Thankful Be Understanding Be Gentle Be a Good Friend Be Fair Be a Good Sport Be Generous Be Honest

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A Letter from Patty Wetterling

Welcome to the beginning of our yearlong journey to honor 30 years of Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. Over the course of the next 11 months, we will use Jacob’s 11 positive traits as our guide to acknowledge and celebrate the partners and communities of people that have made JWRC what it is today.

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IUP CAST Professor Releases New Textbook

Zero Abuse Project would like to congratulate Dr. Pearl Berman on the release of her new textbook entitled “Violence Across the Lifespan.” Dr. Pearl Berman is a Full Professor, the Chair of the Psychology Department at Indiana University of PA (IUP), and the President of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV). She has also been a member of

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JWRC 30th Anniversary – Timeline

A BRIEF HISTORY OF JACOB WETTERLING RESOURCE CENTER 1989 Jacob Wetterling abducted 1990 Friends of Jacob founded by Jerry and Patty Wetterling and friends. Name changed to Jacob Wetterling Foundation, hosts first national conference for families of abducted children, Law Enforcement, and volunteers. Jacob Wetterling Act passed. 6 Million missing persons flyers and brochures distributed. Jerry Wetterling begins annual Trek

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Textbook edited by CAST professor Dr. Michele Knox now available

This textbook provides research-based advice about common childhood and adolescent problems that are addressed at a clinician/doctor visit, such as: media use and screen time, educational issues and finding the right school, tantrums and behavior problems, sleep problems, potty training, overweight/obesity, discipline and punishment, typical and atypical sexual behaviors, bullying, and working with parents. It has a great chapter on sexual behaviors that helps professionals and parents understand why and when to be concerned about abuse, as well as chapters on physical punishment, identifying and reporting abuse and neglect (based on her CAST curriculum), and positive parenting, among many other topics.

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CAST Professor Creates Blog to Highlight Maltreatment Topics

CAST Professor Dr. Pearl Berman has created a blog to: Humanize the face of an abusive parent; Highlight the resources that are currently available and how they can help; Emphasize resources that are still needed; Build grassroots support for educational and social services that could be of benefit; Address interpersonal violence. This blog can serve as an excellent supplemental resource

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New Research Concludes CAST Students Perform Significantly Better Than Current DSS Workers Already in the Field

A recently published peer reviewed study on Zero Abuse Project’s CAST initiative found that CAST students were performing as well as current DSS workers in the field and, in more complex cases, the CAST students were performing better. We are grateful for Dr. Jennifer Parker and her team at USC Upstate for their leadership in conducting and publishing this study.

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Thousands of Catholic priests were accused of sexual abuse, then what happened? An investigation reveals most have become the priest next door.

As thousands of abuse victims across the U.S. continue to search for justice and closure decades after being molested by some of the most trusted people in their lives, these men have become the priest next door. They live near schools and playgrounds, close to families and children unaware of their backgrounds or the crimes they’ve been accused of. In some cases, they’ve taken on leadership roles in new communities, becoming professors, counselors, friends and mentors to children. Their movements are unchecked by both the government and the Catholic Church in part because laws in many states make it nearly impossible for victims to pursue criminal charges decades after alleged abuse.

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