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WEBINAR -- It Can Happen Anywhere: Responding to Sexual Abuse in Small, Rural Jails (1/23/13)

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Published on Jan 23, 2013

This JDI webinar will provide advocates with an overview of sexual abuse in small, rural jails -- and offer guidance on how to respond to it. The session will review the obstacles to providing victim services in such facilities, chief among them a lack of resources and trained crisis counselors. Expert speakers will give advice on best practices to delivering vital services in isolated settings, covering hospital accompaniments, confidential reporting, and hotline calls. The webinar will also review the new opportunities to expand inmate services afforded by the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards, which are binding on jails nationwide.

A highlight of the webinar will be a conversation between a community-based victim services advocate and the administrator of a small jail who together are developing a model program to address sexual abuse in the facility. They will discuss the benefits of such partnerships, and how overcome hurdles that are specific to small, rural jails. The session will conclude with a presentation on creating sexual assault response teams, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Who Should Attend:

This webinar is aimed at advocates and service providers -- rape crisis center staff, counselors, and administrators -- though anyone who works in the victim services field is encouraged to attend. Corrections officials, law enforcement, and other professionals in related fields are also invited.

"It Can Happen Anywhere" is the second of a three-part series of webinars on providing services to survivors of sexual abuse in jail. The series is part of JDI's National Sexual Violence in Detention Education and Resource Project, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women. JDI is an international health and human rights organization that seeks to eliminate sexual violence in all forms of detention.

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