Author Dr. Alissa Ackerman | The Importance of Connection | TEDxCSULB

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“Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman offers a new perspective on restorative justice and how it can help those who suffered from sexual assault. With her personal experience, she shares with everyone the true importance of engaging in difficult conversations to heal from intimate harm. Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman is a criminal justice professor at California State University, Fullerton, where she specializes in the study of sexual violence. For almost 15 years, Dr. Ackerman has devoted her career to better understanding how to prevent sexual misconduct of all kinds. Her research and advocacy work are nationally and internationally recognized and she writes extensively on topics related to gender-based violence and restorative justice. Her newest books include The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement: Internet Activist and Social Justice and Sex and Gender in the 2016 Election. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Healing from Sexual Violence: The Case for Vicarious Restorative Justice

From Alissa Ackerman, PhD, and Jill Levenson, PhD, this book has the potential to change our perspective on the best way to create healing form sexual violence. Vicarious Restorative Justice (VRJ) is a new way to join victims and perpetrators in an innovative healing process.

Coming in March 2019!

Author David Prescott interview

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The Prostasia Foundation is a new organization describing itself as follows:

We are a child protection organization that combines our zero tolerance of child sexual abuse with our commitment to human and civil rights and sex positivity.

They recently interviewed David Prescott — author of our Becoming Who You Want to Be series among other books — about his role as the Chair of the National Adolescent Perpetration Network and the most effective ways to prevent child sexual abuse.

Registration open for MASOC/MATSA Conference

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From the conference organizers:

The 2019 MASOC/MATSA Conference will be held Wednesday, April 3rd through Friday, April 5th at the Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, Marlborough, Massachusetts. This year’s conference, titled Preventing Sexual Violence Through Assessment, Treatment and Safe Management provides an opportunity for participants to meet with others working to prevent sexual violence, learn about the newest research, and build a deeper understanding of the emerging issues.

To register or for more information, visit here.

First NEARI Press Webinar of 2019 coming up soon

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Description from NEARI Press:

Alejandro Leguizamo, Ph.D. will be our featured presenter for our first NEARI Press webinar of 2019, “Navigating Rapport Building and the Therapeutic Relationship with Culturally Diverse Clients and Their Families,” on Tuesday, January 15, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., EDT. The webinar is free, but space is limited.

Visit here for more information.

Calls for Abstracts/Presentations

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We received a notice in the mail today announcing the call for Abstracts for the 2019 ATSA Conference. You can find more information here.

We also received an email notice that the call for presentations deadline for the NYS ATSA & NYS Alliance 24th Annual Joint Conference has been extended to Tuesday, January 15.

New Year’s Holiday Hours

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The offices of Safer Society will be closed on December 31st and on January 1st. We will be reopening on Wednesday, January 2. Our webstore is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you need to place an order via purchase order before the end of the year, send us an email. If that isn’t practical and you need to speak with customer service, please call us on January 2nd (802-247-3132). If necessary, we can back-date your order to drop it into your 2018 budget.

Please have a safe and happy New Year.

Incarcerated Pennsylvanians Now Have to Pay $150 to Read

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Every year, thousands of people in Pennsylvania prisons write directly to nonprofit organizations, such as Bookem, asking for reading materials, which are usually sent to them at no cost. This free access to books has dramatically improved the lives of incarcerated individuals, offering immense emotional and mental relief as well as a key source of rehabilitation.

But last month, the Pennsylvania DOC decided to make such rehabilitation much harder. Going forward, books and publications, including legal primers and prison newsletters, cannot be sent directly to incarcerated Pennsylvanians. Instead, if they want access to a book, they must first come up with $147 to purchase a tablet and then pay a private company for electronic versions of their reading material. Click here to read the whole article.

SSP17: A Conversation with David Prescott & Dr. Tyffani Dent about Applying the Good Lives Model in Work with Court-Involved Teenagers & Young Adults

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David S. Prescott

is a licensed clinical social worker who has published 17 books
and numerous articles on sexual violence, the good lives model of treatment, motivational interviewing, and trauma-informed care. He has also lectured throughout the world on these subjects.


Dr. Tyffani Dent

is a licensed psychologist with more than 15 years’ experience working with adolescents involved with Juvenile Justice and Child Protective Services. Her professional work has focused primarily on the school-to-prison pipeline and issues of mental health in Black and Brown girls and women.

In this episode:

  • David Prescott begins with a history of the good lives model (GLM) and its beginnings as a treatment framework for adult sexual abusers.
  • He then talks about how the GLM has evolved as a framework for working with a wide variety of offenders, not just sexual abusers.
  • Finally, he talks about how the GLM has been modified for work with young men and boys.
  • Tyffani Dent joins the conversation to talk about its application with young women and girls.

Be sure to leave us your comments on this podcast episode and suggest questions that David Prescott or Dr. Tyffani Dent might answer in the future! (Don’t see the comment section below? Click here and then scroll to the bottom of the page.)

Related SSP Materials:

The Good Lives Model for Adolescents Who Sexually Harm, edited by Bobbie Print, Foreword by Tony Ward – About the choice of the G-map Treatment Centre in Manchester UK to use the Good Lives Model (GLM) as their treatment framework and how they adapted the model for work with adolescents.

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Applying the Good Lives and Self-Regulation Models to Sex Offender Treatment, A Practical Guide for Clinicians, by Pamela Yates, David Prescott, and Tony Ward – A common sense guide to helping offenders build a lifestyle incompatible with offending.

Trauma-Informed Care, Transforming Treatment for People Who Have Sexually Abused, by Jill Levenson, Gwenda Willis, and David Prescott – A review of the cross-disciplinary research on the impact of early childhood trauma on cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral development and the practical application of this knowledge to case conceptualization and trauma-informed responding.



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.

Be sure to leave us your comments/questions on this podcast episode! 
(If you do not see the comment section below, please click here.)

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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.

Be sure to leave us your comments/questions on this podcast episode! 
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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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