Category Archives: Child Sexual Abuse

EVENT 10/5 – Beyond the Registry: How Youth Registration Undermines Healing and Justice

Join the BATJC for an event with Nicole Pittman!

EVENT:  Beyond the Registry: How Youth Registration Undermines Healing and Justice

WHEN: October 5, 2016 at 6:30pm

WHERE: Fuller Hall, Downs Memorial United Methodist Church, 6026 Idaho St., Oakland 94608 

This event is free and open to the public, please RSVP HERE

Nicole will share about her work on youth registration and child-on-child sexual harm. If you haven’t heard of Nicole’s work, you can check-out a recent article from The New Yorker as well as Raised on the Registry.

Beyond the Registry: How Youth Registration Undermines Healing and Justice

It’s tempting, especially in sexual harm situations involving children, to cast a perpetrator and a victim; but this false binary fails to capture a complete story and contributes to punitive state responses that instead of disrupting cycles of trauma only cause more damage. Forty states include children — some as young as 8 years old — on sex-offense registries, labeling them for decades or life. In this discussion, we will explore the destructive impact of placing children on sex-offense registries as well as how to evolve beyond flawed conceptions of child-on-child sexual harm and toward transformative responses that can prevent further suffering.

This event aims to:

– Understand the current legal responses to child-on-child sexual harm in California and nationwide, and the impact of registration on children, survivors and families

– Discuss flawed narratives about registries and youth who cause sexual harm along with strategies for disrupting those narratives

– Brainstorm alternative responses to support survivors, those who have harmed, and their families

Nicole Pittman: Director, Center on Youth Registration Reform at Impact Justice  (@NicoleNPittman)

Nicole Pittman founded the Center on Youth Registration Reform at Impact Justice, an organization dedicated to eliminating the widespread practice of placing kids on sex-offense registries. A Stoneleigh and Rosenberg Leading Edge Fund fellow (and 2011 Senior Soros Justice Advocacy fellow), Pittman, began documenting the harms of labeling young people more than a decade ago as a juvenile public defender. She later collected more than 500 stories for a Human Rights Watch report titled Raised on the Registry. Ending youth registration is part of a larger desire to change the narrative around child sexual behavior, which will ultimately allow the country to move beyond punitive responses and toward lasting child sexual abuse prevention and healing.

PARKING: The church has a large parking lot and lots of street parking as well.

BART AND BUS:  The nearest bart station is Ashby BART, one mile away (here is a map). The closest bus stations are #12 and the F, and the 72M/72R/77 and 88 bus lines are about a 10 minute walk.

ACCESSIBILITY: The space is wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms) and there are several disabled spaces in the parking lot, where the accessible entrance is. Please refrain from wearing perfume/scents to support folks with chemical sensitivitiesIf you have other access needs, please note them in the RSVP form.

CHILDCARE: Due to the content of this event (i.e. child sexual abuse, sex offender registry and child-on-child sexual harm), there will be no childcare.

SELF/GROUP CARE: We encourage all attendees to take care of themselves before, during and after this event. Caring for ourselves and others is important in this work and we want to make sure everyone takes some time to think about what they might need. We will be talking about violence/abuse and it may bring up unexpected things for you. Below are some suggestions that may be useful, especially if you think some of the content may be triggering for you:

– Attend the event with a friend and/or support person. Or have at least one person who knows you will be attending this event that you can reach out to if you need support. 

– Think about what might be best for you before, during and after this event. Some examples might be: Planning to do things that bring you resilience, joy, reflection or nourishment.  Planning down time or to be around people who support you in taking care of yourself. Bringing a meaningful object with you that will help ground/comfort you during the event  (something you can wear, hold in your hand and/or look at are often helpful).

Hope to see you there! Please share and help us spread the word!

 

 

 

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Pod write-up and Pod Mapping Worksheet now on our website!

Over the next year, we will be updating our website to better reflect our work. It is a much-needed update and we are excited to reorganize and edit what’s there, as well as add lots of new content.

We are excited to share with you our first new section about pods and our pod mapping worksheet (which you can now download from our website). It is a write-up about why we came up with the concept of “pods” and some of the things we have learned along the way. We hope it is useful and look forward to staying in conversation as we continue to build our pods together!

Radio Program on Love, Transformative Justice, and Child Sexual Abuse

BATJC member Mia Mingus was interviewed by radio program In Plain Sight about love, transformative justice, and the work of the BATJC responding to child sexual abuse. In Plain Sight is a podcast that features stories of everyday activism from Asian and Asian American women.

Download or stream the podcast on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/in-plain-sight-1/episode-2-the-work-of-love

Transcript of interview after the jump…

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Can Transformative Justice Stop Rape?

Can Transformative Justice Stop Rape?

Opponents of the traditional justice system argue for a replacement that focuses on healing the community — and even the criminal. But does this approach give victims short shrift?

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 12:00pm EDT
Bridget Todd, BuzzFeed Contributor

Back in September, fifteen-year-old Audrie Pott took her own life after she was allegedly sexually assaulted while passed out at a party. According to her family’s attorney, Pott “had no idea what occurred until she woke up the following morning and had some drawings on her body and in some private areas.” Allegedly, one of her attackers wrote “I was here” on her breasts in black marker. Right before her death, Pott posted on Facebook: “I can’t do anything to fix it. I just want this to go away. The whole school knows. My life is ruined and I don’t even remember how.”

Pott’s story is eerily similar to the Steubenville rape earlier this year, where teenagers Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were sentenced to juvenile detention after being found guilty of the rape of a classmate.

Most would probably agree that if found guilty, Pott’s attackers, along with Mays and Richmond, deserve to be punished for their crimes. But while everyone wants rapists to face justice, not everyone agrees that our current system of punishment is just. Some argue that it isn’t prison sentences that sexual attackers need, but sympathy, compassion and a chance at real healing. They propose what they call transformative justice as a better way to deal with sexual offenders and violent criminals — and some say it might even be more effective at curbing crime than more traditional methods.

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Secret Survivors Documentary Screening

Secret Survivors Documentary — Oakland Screening*
Saturday, January 5, 2013, 4:00pm until 6:30pm
the Living Room Project (1919 Market Street, Oakland, California 94607)
For questions and RSVPs, please contact: batjcinfo@gmail.com

Join us on Saturday, January 5th for a screening of the documentary “Secret Survivors: Using Theater to Break the Silence,” featuring survivors, advocates and survivor-advocates telling their stories through the arts and discussing strategies to end child sexual abuse in our communities.

“Secret Survivors” is a theater project envisioned by survivor-activist Amita Swadhin and created by the NYC-based off-Broadway performance group Ping Chong & Co. This documentary, released in October 2012, builds on the original live theater performance featuring five survivors telling their stories. More info: http://www.secretsurvivors.org

This screening is hosted by The Living Room Project and the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collaborative, and will feature a panel and Q&A after the screening. The list of panelists is still in formation but so far includes:
* Amita Swadhin (Secret Survivors Project Coordinator and Cast Member)
* Mia Mingus (Bay Area Transformative Justice Collaborative Member – featured in documentary)
* Sujatha Baliga (Paragate Project Founder and Director, National Council on Crime and Delinquency Senior Program Specialist)
* Eb (Ebony) Brown (Trauma Practitioner and Researcher, Bay Area Transformative Justice Collaborative Member)

For questions and RSVPs, please contact: batjcinfo@gmail.com

We will have community-based healers present to help hold space for all attendees. As space is limited, we ask that you RSVP to this invite. We are asking for a $10 donation at the door to help sustain the Living Room Project. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The Living Room Project (LRP) is an accessible healing justice practice/community space for queer and trans people of color (qtpoc). Through resource sharing, and collaborative efforts, the space provides opportunities for creative expression, collective healing, and community building. Ultimately the Living Room Project hopes to inspire deeper relationship, interdependence, and care amongst qtpoc communities.

Access info for the LRP:
– the LRP is a wheelchair accessible and scent-free space. there is a long hallway once you get into the building to get to the space itself.
– the LRP is located in west oakland at 1919 market street @ 18th, next door to a big green baptist church.
– the closest bus line is the #88 which drops you off about 1/2 block away.
– the closest bart stations are 19th street/downtown oakland, and west oakland stations. these are still about a 20 min walk or 10 min bike ride.

For questions and RSVPs, please contact: batjcinfo@gmail.com