Serving Victims of Crime

Keynote Speakers: 24th Annual Two Days in June Conference


THURSDAY, June 6, 2016

8:15am - 10:00am in the Grand Ballroom

Keynote Address: Start by Believing (SBB) Public Awareness Campaign: Changing Our Responses to Sexual Assault Victims, One Reaction at a Time

Jerald MonahanPresented by Jerald L. Monahan, Chief of Police in Prescott Arizona, Executive Committee Board Member for End Violence Against Women International and Varsha N. JD, Consultant and Executive Committee Board Member for End Violence Against Women International

Start by Believing is a public awareness campaign focused on the public response to sexual assault, because the first person a victim confides in after an assault is typically a friend or family member. How they react determines in large part what happens next. When friends, family members, and professionals do not respond appropriately, their negative reactions will only worsen the victim's trauma and decrease the likelihood that the victim will access community services and report the assault to the police. On the other hand, a positive reaction will not only improve their health and well-being, but also increase the chance the victims will reach out for help from other sources. The two positive behaviors that stand out for victims are having someone to talk to and being believed.

Varsha N.Positive support is particularly critical for victims to become engaged – and remain engaged – in the criminal justice system. It may be the only way to decrease the percentage of sexual assault cases where victims "decline prosecution" and withdraw from participating in the investigation of their case. Moreover, because rapists attack an average of six times, one failed response can equal five more victims. The Start by Believing campaign was created to stop this cycle, by creating a positive community response to sexual assault, both to improve outcomes for victims and to hold more offenders accountable for their crimes. Preliminary evidence suggests that the campaign increases reporting and other forms of help-seeking among sexual assault victims. This workshop is designed to explain how you can launch a campaign in your own community, and document the impact on a variety of outcomes. Campaigns can utilize a variety of different strategies, both big and small, but they require consistent leadership from the top of the organization. A campaign can include disseminating brochures and other written materials, promoting media coverage, posting campaign materials on the department's website, spreading the word through social media channels, including it in training, and ensuring that the message remains front and center by emphasizing it at every possible opportunity: "In our police department, our prosecutor's office, and our community – we Start by Believing."

Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be better able to:

  • Review research on the impact of positive versus negative reactions to disclosures, from informal support people as well as responding professionals.
  • Discuss the purpose of the Start by Believing public awareness campaign, and examine materials that are available to help professionals launch their own local initiative.
  • Examine preliminary evidence for the impact of a campaign on various measures

10:15am - 12:00pm in the Grand Ballroom

Keynote Address: Fight the New Drug

Clay OlsenPresented by Clay Olsen, Chief Executive Officer (Co-Founder) of Fight the New Drug

Fight the New Drug's keynote address is an informative, entertaining, and engaging presentation focusing on helping administrators, social workers, teachers, and professionals understand the scientific effects of pornography to individuals, relationships, and society. Audience members will learn critical strategies that will assist in their efforts to counter porn culture. This presentation has been described as the perfect combination of appropriate humor, interactive demonstrations, powerful stories and high quality multimedia. Fight the New Drug educates professionals and provides them with the proper tools and resources to best help their schools, clinics, institutions, and communities when dealing with the issue of pornography.