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By on November 7, 2018

2018 National Sexual Assault Conference: Building Leaders to Keep Children Safe in Communities of Color Using Indigenous Circle Process

The 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation,” was held in Anaheim, CA, August 29-31, 2018. This workshop was part of the Child Sexual Abuse track, sponsored by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Learn more and access workshop materials here.

In this workshop Strong Oak Lefebvre is joined by two community leaders, James and Lillian, to discuss highlights of the trust-building circle process and the ways in which the circle process thoughtfully engages communities of color based on their values. By focusing on indigenous values and indigenous traditions that have been used prior to colonization, communities of color are able to build trust and foster leadership in creating safer communities for children, both on tribal land and in HUD housing communities.

For more information on the Circle Process from the Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition, check out our web conference with Strong Oak, Evaluating Culturally-Relevant Sexual Violence Prevention Initiatives: Lessons Learned with the Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition Inc. Violence Prevention Curriculum. Strong Oak also presented at the 2016 National Sexual Assault Conference on historical trauma as a root cause of child sexual abuse in the workshop How Can We Prevent Child Sexual Assault Without Incorporating an Analysis of Systemic Violence as a Casual Factor?

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