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40-Hour Rape Advocacy Training UCASA Community

Thank you for your interest in the 40-Hour Rape and Sexual Assault Advocacy Training!

When and Where: UCASA Offices- 284 West 400 North, Salt Lake City, Utah

Monday June 22nd: 8:00am-5:00 pm
Tuesday June 23rd: 8:00am-5:00 pm
Wednesday June 24th: 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday June 25th: 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday June 26th: 8:00am-5:00pm

All sessions of this training will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah.


To register for this training, please select this link.  

If you have already registered for this training and are looking for the online payment portal link, click here.

2015 Sexual Assault Awareness Month


In the United States every April is designated as Sexual Assault Aware

saam image 2015-mailer-coverness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to bring awareness to the pervasive issue of sexual assault in our communities and to foster a society where sexual violence is no longer tolerated.


The nationally designated theme for SAAM 2015 is “It’s Time to Act! Safer Campuses, Brighter Futures. Prevent Sexual Violence.”



Know an agency, organization, project or an individual in the community who has been doing stellar work to either respond and serve survivors of sexual violence or working in the community to help prevent sexual violence?  Nominate them for a SAAM Award! 




13th Annual SAAM Awards!

Friday April 3rd, 2015


Salt Lake City and County Building

451 South State Street

4th Floor




2015 Sexual Violence Awareness Month Events

If you need more event details, that information including addresses and event flyers can be found on the individual entries in our online calendar.



April 1st: Statewide Start By Believing Day


April 1st: “Attribution is the Key to Sexual Assault Prevention” David W. Markel, Utah National Guard, 2pm at the Utah National Guard Headquarters Auditorium, 12953 South Minuteman Drive, Draper


April 2nd: Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Seminar, Utah Valley University, Centre Stage, 800 West University Parkway, Provo 8:00 am-4:00 pm For online registration


April 3rd: UCASA Sexual Assault Awareness Month Awards Ceremony

                        451 South State Street, 4th Floor Corridor

                        3:00-4:30 pm


April 3rd: Benefit Concert for Rape Recovery Center, 7 pm, Bar Deluxe 666 South State Street, Salt Lake City, *10 at the door


April 4th: UDVC Night at the Grizzlies


April 7th: Darkness to Light Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Training, 6:00 pm at UCASA Offices, 284 West 400 North, Salt Lake City

            *Cost is $25


April 8th: Gender Violence, State Violence, and the Dangers of Carceral Feminism, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, Okazaki Community Meeting Room, University of Utah College of Social Work, Salt Lake City


April 9th: HAFB SAAM Luncheon, 11:30 am, Hill Air Force Base, Layton


April 10th: Opening of The Hunting Ground, Broadway Centre Cinema, 111 East Broadway, Salt Lake City


April 11th: YCC Walk Against Sexual Violence, 10 am- 12 pm, Big Dee Sports Park Pavilion, 1376 Park Blvd. Ogden UT


April 15th: Art Night for Survivors, 6:00 pm, The Paint Mixer, 2100 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City


April 18th: Utah Coalition Against Pornography Semi-Annual Conference, Salt Palace Convention Center, 8am-4:30pm, *Registration fee is $15


April 18th: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes- The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, 10am, at the Shops at Riverwoods, *Registration is $15,


April 21st: SLUTWALK at the University of Utah, Student Union Building, 11am-2pm


April 23rd: The Power of One…..Breaking the Cycle of Abuse, 6:30 pm, Kaysville Police Department, 80 North Main Street, Kaysville


April 25th: Fearless Self Defense 5k and Conference


April 27th: Veteran’s Administration Night of Recovery, 6:00-9:00 pm, the Urban Arts Gallery, Gateway Shopping Center, Salt Lake City


April 29th: Denim Day


April 30th– May 1st: Utah Crime Victims Conference


May 1st: Rape Recovery Center Annual Gala, 6:30 pm


Start By Believing


There is no shame when your loved one dies. When your car is stolen. When you’re diagnosed with cancer. Friends and loved ones gather around you for support. They don’t blame you for “bringing it on yourself.”


It should be the same with sexual violence. But all too often, survivors who have the courage to tell someone what happened are blamed for bringing it on themselves. This needs to change.


Start by Believing is a public awareness campaign designed by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) to change the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in our communities.


In the current 2015 legislative session, Rep. Angela Romero is trying to pass H.C.R. 1 Concurrent Resolution Designating Start by Believing Day.  The resolution, not yet fully passed though the state legislature, expresses support for victims of sexual assault; expresses support for the Start by Believing campaign; and designates the first Wednesday in April as “Start by Believing Day.”


In preparation for Utah’s first Start by Believing Day, you can choose to share you story or make a commitment on the national Start by Believing.


You can take the pledge itself and email, tweet and post your own photos of yourself on social media using the hashtag #UtahStartsByBelieving and #UCASA.


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For Parents


Child Sexual Abuse

Mandatory Reporting

Resources for Parents with Children with Disabilities

Teen Dating Violence Resources

Talking to Teens about Sexting



Child Sexual Abuse

1.    Open and direct communication about sexual behaviors is a key strategy for preventing child sexual abuse and supporting healthy development.

2.    Communicate and respond to children’s sexual behaviors based on knowledge about sexual development and an assessment of the context of the behavior.

3.    Model communication, empathy and accountability when responding to children’s sexual behaviors.  These are protective factors for healthy development.


Evaluating Sexual Behaviors- The A-B-C-D of Context

We cannot, as a rule, categorize specific sexual behaviors as healthy, problematic or abusive.  For instance, masturbation, when done occasionally in private, is an expected behavior.  However, when a child is constantly masturbating in front of others, or compulsively masturbating to the point where it hurts, we become concerned that something is wrong.  When we are trying to make sense of a child’s sexual behaviors it is important to pay attention to the A-B-C-D of the context in which the behavior occurs.


–    Is this spontaneous, lighthearted play/activity?
–    Does the child respond with strong feelings of guilt, aggression, fear, anxiety, etc?
–    Does the child appear numb or dissociate in relation to the sexual activity?

–    Has this behavior occurred before? In the same or different way? How often and in what contexts?
–    What other patterns of behavior (sexual or non-sexual) have you noticed?


–    Is the interaction a mutually understood and wanted activity among peers?
–    Is there an imbalance of power between the children?
–    Does everyone involved understand what is happening, want to be there and feel free to leave or say no? Is any form of pressure, manipulation, coercion or force being used?


–    Does the behavior match the child’s age and developmental level?
–    Do we expect most children in this culture/community to act this way?
–    Is the child’s sexual development in balance with the rest of his/her development?


Signs and Symptoms of Abuse in Children**

Difficulty in walking or sitting
Torn or bloody underclothing
Bruises or bleeding in the genital area
Pain or itching in the genital area


Sexually transmitted infections
Unexplained stomachaches
Frequent urinary tract infections


Changes in Social Behavior
Increase in aggression
Increase in non-compliance or overly willing to appease
Change in sleeping patterns
Might start to hurt themselves
May exhibit temper control problems


Changes in Living Skills
Change in eating habits
Violating others’ property
Performance/social skills deterioration


Changes in Emotional Behavior
Touch phobia
Discomfort with eye contact
Difficulty sleeping/nightmares
Loss of affect

Changes in Emotional Behavior
Change in leisure habits
Changes in sexual expression
Displays of sophisticated sexual behavior
Unusual sexual behavior
Talking about sexual issues in highly public places
Possible acting out sexually against other people
Fearful reaction to sex education materials

Indicators of Incest
Marked role reversal between a parent and a child
Over-reaction to a child receiving sex education
Excessive absences
Inconsistent parenting between children
Extreme protectiveness
Extreme jealousy
Alcoholism or drug abuse within the family
Social or geographic isolation
Over-control especially by a father figure

** Look for marked changes over a short period of time.

If you would like to download the above section as a handout, select this link.


Organizations focused on Child Abuse Prevention


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Mandatory Reporting


Every individual in the state of Utah is considered as a “mandatory reporter” for certain crimes against childern and vulnerable adults.  Failure to report to the authorities could result in an individual being charged with a Class B Misdemeanor.


Sexual Violence: Anytime a person is forced, coerced and/or manipulated into any unwanted sexual assault activity, either attempted or completed.  If a person is a victim of a sexual crime between the ages of 18-65, you are not required to report. 


The rules for minors under of 18, in regards to mandatory reporting requirements, change often.  Please feel free to call your local law enforcement officers or UCASA offices to see if there are any new changes.  We will try to make sure that the most up to date information is available on this website.


If any minor child under the age of 18 or an individual who classifies as a vulnerable adult reports non-consensual sexual activity it MUST be reported to law enforcement. 


Between the ages of 14-17, Utah law allows for teenagers to consent to some type of sexual activity, however, it depends on who their partner is and what specific acts they did. For example, 14 and 15 year-olds can consent to sexual touching, but cannot consent to any sort of penetrative sexual act.  They also are not allowed to be with a partner more than 4 years older than they are.  If you hear of consenual sexual activity of a 14 or 15 year that fails outside of those parameters, you must report to authorities.


Between the ages of 16-17, Utah law allows for teenages to consent to all types of sexual activity, however their partner cannot be more than 7 years older than they are.  If you hear of a 16-17 year old consenting to any sexual activity with a person more than 7 years older than they are, it is a mandatory reporting situation.


Any child 13 years old and younger can NOT by Utah law consent to any sexual activity.


Remember!  All NON-CONSENSUAL sexual activity of a vulnerable adult or a minor under the age of 18 MUST be reported to the proper authorities.


In Utah, there are also a number of other offenses that require a report to law enforcement or child protective services.  They are: child abandonment; child abuse; domestic violence in the presense of a child; sexual exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult; endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult; and abuse, neglect or exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult.  Click here to download a handout that has more information on mandatory reporting.


How to report:

Utah Aging and Adult Services: 1.800.371.7897

Utah Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 1.855.323.3237

Your local police dispatch line


 Resources for Parents with Children with Disabilities


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Understanding Abuse and Your Responsibilities as a Care Provider- Powerpoint

Understanding Abuse and Your Responsibilities as a Care Provider- Trainer Guide


Teen Dating Violence Resources


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Liz Claiborne Inc.’s Love Is Not Abuse (LINA) application provides a rare insight for parents of what it feels like for their teen to be a victim of digital dating abuse. Teen dating abuse comes in many forms, making it difficult for parents to recognize. Dating abuse does not always leaves scratches or bruises, so parents need also to be aware of subtle signs that their teen may be under attack through technology, including cell phones, online and social networking. 







Utah Department of Health’s Dating Violence Resource Page




Talking to Teens about Sexting


Sexting: A Guide for Parents

2nd Annual Sexual Violence Treatment Conference Registration Information

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To Register for this conference, select this link



Conference Agenda and Speaker’s Bios


March 19, 2015

7:30-8:30            Registration

8:30-8:45            Welcome, Ron Gordon- Director, Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ)

8:45-10:15            Plenary- How Serious Are We About Sexual Violence Prevention? Joann Schladale, M.S., L.M.F.T.

10:15-10:30            Break

10:30-12:00            Beyond “Just the Facts, Ma’am”- Trauma Informed Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Crimes

                                    Donna Kelly- Utah Prosecution Council

                                    Justin Boardman- Sex Crimes Detective, West Valley City

12:00-1:00            Lunch- Music performed by Christian Scheller



1:00-2:30            Break Out Sessions

A.What’s the Difference? Serving Those Who Have Been Abused and Those Who Have Abused (Room 101), Joann Schladale, M.S., L.M.F.T.

B.What is “Best Practice/Research Based Treatment”? (Room 104)  Rob Butters, University of Utah

C.Why is Everyone Talking About It? An Overview of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) (Room 105)  Amy Oxman- Safe and Healthy Families, Primary Children’s Hospital


2:30-2:45            Break- Public Service Announcement- CJC

2:45-4:15            Break Out Sessions

A.Victim/Survivor Presentation (Room 101) Donna Kelly- Utah Prosecution Council

B.Healing and Spirituality (Room 104) Damon Polk

C.The Power of Labeled Praise: Using Skills From Parent Child Interaction Therapy to Manage Children and Help Parents (PCIT) (Room 105) Brian Thorn- Safe and Healthy Families, Primary Children’s Hospital


March 20, 2015

8:30-8:45            Welcome  Lee Russo- West Valley City Chief of Police

8:45-10:15            The Minefield of Rape Culture: Culture and Victimology as a Barrier to Prevention and Intervention Marty Liccardo

10:15-10:30            Break- Public Service Announcement- CJC


10:30-12:00            Break Out Sessions

A.Healing the Healer (Room 101) Mindy Woodhouse L.C.S.W.- Center for Women and Children in Crisis

B.Suggested Guidelines for Clarification, Reconciliation, and Reunification between Sexual Abusers and Primary and Secondary Victims (Room 104) Molly Prince, LCSW- Private Practice

C.Child and Family Trauma Stress Intervention (Room 105) Brooks Keeshin MD- Safe and Healthy Families, Primary Children’s Hospital


12:00-1:00            Lunch

1:00-2:00            Resources- Panel Discussion

                                    VINE- Doug Fawson

                                    Children’s Justice Centers- Tracy Tabet

                                    Rape Recovery Services- Mindy Woodhouse

                                    Utah Office for Victims of Crime- Gary Scheller

                                    Utah Council on Victims of Crime- Gary Scheller

                                    Utah Sexual Violence Council- Ned Searle

                                    Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault- Alana Kindness

                                    Hill Air Force Base- SARC Program- Janaee Stone

2:30-2:45            Break- Public Service Announcement- CJC

2:45-4:15            Final Keynote- You Are Doing Better Than You Think

                                    Lane Fischer- Brigham Young University

                                    Melanie Scarlet – Youth Health Associates           

40-Hour Rape Advocacy Training with Safe Harbor

Thank you for your interest in the 40-Hour Rape and Sexual Assault Advocacy Training with Safe Harbor!

When and Where:

Tuesday February 17th: 9:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday February 18th: 9:00am-4:30pm
Friday February 19th: 9:00am-4:30pm

Tuesday February 24th: 9:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday February 25th: 9:00am-4:30pm
Thursday February 26th: 9:00am-4:30pm

All sessions of this training will be held in Kaysville Utah.  The location, agenda, and any other relevant information will be posted on this site as it becomes available.


To register for this training, please select this link.  

If you have already registered for this training and are looking for the online payment portal link, click here.

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