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Canada reluctant to extradite sex offenders to the U.S.

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An article on the Florida Action Committee website reports that individuals who flee punishment in the United States for sex offenses are finding sanctuary in Canada because the Canadian Government disapproves of the draconian sanctions imposed on “registered sex offenders” in the U.S. According to the article:

Last year, Canada blocked the extradition of a man because he could potentially face “civil commitment” which is tantamount to life in prison, a sentence far harsher than he could ever face in Canada and what Canadians would consider to be cruel and unusual punishment.

Read the entire article here.

The fight to eliminate cash bail

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Our cash bail system is a big reason why the United States incarcerates more people than any other country on earth. If you can pay bail, you walk free. If not, you’re stuck behind bars—sometimes for months, or even years. Bail reform is one of many reforms needed to make our country’s criminal justice system fair and equitable. Click here to view an ACLU-produced video featuring artist and activist John Legend. Or watch below:

The 2018 ATSA Conference brochure arrived in the mail this week

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The conference is coming on fast. A little over two months. Register here.

SSP16: A Conversation with Dr. Franca Cortoni About Women Who Sexually Abuse

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Dr. Franca Cortoni is one of the world’s leading experts on women who sexually abuse. She is currently a full time faculty member of the University of Montreal School of Criminology, a research fellow at the International Center of Comparative Criminology, and president of ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers).

In this episode, Dr. Cortoni:

  • Expels the popular myth that there is no such thing as a woman who purposefully choose to sexually abuse.
  • Explains why we cannot apply to women the same tools that have been developed for assessing risk of recidivism in men.
  • Talks about gender differences in treatment and management needs.

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Click the image to purchase Women Who Sexually Abuse!

Related SSP Material:
– Women Who Sexually Abuse: Assessment, Treatment, and Management, by Franca Cortoni – Dr. Cortoni reviews what we currently know about women who engaged in sexually abusive behavior and recommends best practices for the assessment, treatment and management of female sexual offenders

Safer Society Handbook of Sexual Abuser Assessment and Treatment, Chapter 15, Working with Women Who Sexually Offend, by Franca Cortoni, a pdf downloadable.

Registration for the 2018 ATSA Conference is open

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We received a notice today from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers informing us that registration for the 37th annual conference is official open. The conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from October 17 to 20.

You can learn more and register for the conference here.

SSP15: A Conversation with Dr. Alissa Ackerman about Vicarious Restorative Justice with Sexual Abusers

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Dr. Alissa Ackerman-Acklin is a sex crimes policy researcher at California State University, Fullerton. As a survivor of sexual violence herself, Alissa uses her personal experience and her professional expertise to bridge connections between individuals who have experienced sexual victimization and individuals who have perpetrated it.

In this episode, Dr. Ackerman:

  • Explains the concept of restorative justice (RJ), a framework that brings together people who have caused harm with people who have been harmed.
  • Talks about the use of RJ worldwide to address societal harms (e.g., apartheid in South Africa), its recent introduction in the U.S. as an alternative to incarceration for low-level crimes, and her proposed framework for its use in cases of sexual abuse.
  • Describes vicarious restorative justice (VRJ), a practice that allows individuals who have experienced sexual harm to sit face to face with individuals who have perpetrated it.

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Related SSP Material: Look for Dr. Ackerman’s book on vicarious restorative justice to be published by Safer Society Press in 2019.

You can also listen to Dr. Alissa-Acklin in Safer Society Press Podcast 12 & 13:  
SSP12 (Part 1 of 2): Panel Discussion of the #MeToo Movement

 

 

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SSP14: A Conversation with Dr. Norbert Ralph about Promoting Social Skills in Adolescents

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Dr. Norbert Ralph, clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, and epidemiologist. He works as a psychologist in juvenile hall in San Francisco with youth in detention and also treats juveniles who have sexually offended on an outpatient basis.

Dr. Ralph is the author of Being a Pro, a workbook for promoting prosocial skills in adolescents. In this episode, Dr. Ralph talks about:

  • His interest in the neuropsychology of social reasoning development in adolescents
  • The meaning of the term prosocial development, and
  • The research and theoretical foundations of his workbook, Being a Pro

Listen to Norbert talk about his years of experience working with adolescents and his search for an evidence-based intervention that would be effective and practical for the average clinician to employ.


Click here to purchase Being A Pro – $14.95!

Be sure to leave us your comments/questions on this podcast episode! 
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Related SSP Material: Being a Pro, The Prosocial Model for Problem Solving, by Norbert Ralph, PhD, a workbook for building pro-social problem solving skills in justice-system involved teens, that is written in plain language with content designed to engage today’s youths.

Exhibit at the MASOC/MATSA Joint Conference

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Here’s a look at the Safer Society Press book table at the 20th Annual MASOC/MATSA Joint Conference in Marlborough, MA!

Make sure to stop by our tables if you’re attending. We will be setup until 2:30 p.m.

Train Yourself or Your Staff with Series of Workshop Videos, Now Only $20!

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You can’t be at every conference, or make it to every session at a conference.
That’s why Safer Society Press brings you this series of workshop videos!

Recorded at national and regional conferences, these videos capture leading experts in our field sharing their knowledge, experience and insights. These videos are great tools for honing your skills and training staff, all from the convenience of your office. Learn more and watch previews. (Note: Because most people do not apply for the CEUs, it is no longer feasible for us to continue to offer this service.)

Learn more and watch previews by clicking the titles below!

NYATSA Conference – May 21-23

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The New York State Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and the Alliance for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse are holding their 23rd annual joint conference. The conference theme is Working Together: Unifying the Approach to Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response. It will be held at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York May 21 to 23, 2018.

Learn more here

 

Closed Due to Winter Storm, March 13th & 14th

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Due to a major winter storm, Safer Society’s office will be closed on Tuesday, March 13th and Wednesday, March 14th.

Customers can order online through our webstore 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you have any questions, you can email info@safersociety.org and we will reply as soon as possible. We anticipate re-opening on Thursday, March 14th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Winter storm closure, Thursday, March 8

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Due to a major winter storm, Safer Society’s office will be closed on Thursday, March 8th. Customers can order online through our webstore 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We anticipate re-opening on Friday, March 9.

The 32nd Annual NAPN Conference – May 10-12

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New Direction: Hitting the Reset Button & Finding a Better Pathway

The conference will be held in Washington, D.C., on May 10 to 12, 2018.

From the conference organizer:

This year’s conference will welcome diverse, multidisciplinary professionals – working with youth in a wide range of roles and settings – to explore the implications of research and experience and provide a chance to connect with and support each other in working with the troubled and troubling youth who perpetrate sexual abuse. NAPN in May, promises statistically less chance of big snows throughout the country; and the venue promises an enthusiastic welcome for NAPN. Conveniently located only blocks from the National Mall, museums galore, easy access to the Metro, and hotels for all budgets, the NAPN Annual Conference is an amazing Continuing Education experience (earn up to 17 CE Hours)!

Learn more about this conference

 

 

SSP13 (Part 2 of 2): Panel Discussion of the #MeToo Movement

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In Part 2 of this discussion we rejoin the panel to discuss:

  • How men need to rethink their ways of behaving
  • The goal of publicizing individuals’ harmful acts should be prevention rather than revenge
  • The need to expand the dialog to include the harm experienced in marginalized populations

 

David S. Prescott

is a licensed clinical social worker who has published 17 books
and numerous articles in the area of sexual violence, trauma,
and psychotherapy and has lectured in these areas around the
world.David will be the moderator of the panel.


 

Dr. Alissa Ackerman-Acklin

is a sex crimes policy researcher at California State University, Fullerton. As a public survivor of sexual violence, Alissa uses her personal experience and her professional expertise to bridge connections between individuals who have experienced sexual victimization and individuals who have perpetrated it.


Dr. Kieran McCartan

is an associate professor of Criminology at the University of West of England in the UK and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology. Kieran researches and publishes on the subjects of sex offender risk management, reintegration, and the prevention of sexual abuse.

 

 


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