Utah Sexual Violence Conference Content

6th Annual Utah Sexual Violenc Conference Content:


Hope Transcends Hurt- Jenna Quinn, M.S.

Jenna Quinn is an author, a TED speaker, and the namesake of Jenna’s Law. Passed in 2009, Jenna’s Law was the first child sexual abuse prevention education mandate in the U.S named after a survivor. Now, over half the country has adopted legislation reflecting the principals of Jenna’s Law education. With a Masters Degree in Communications, she has reached international audiences, educating and sharing her inspiring story with legislatures, law-enforcement, abuse-prevention groups, schools, communities of faith, nonprofit organizations, and the general public for fourteen years. Hear her inspiring journey of hope, healing, and advocacy.


Nuestra's Familias, Nuestra Salud: Latinx Centered Prevention Programming- Stephany Murguia

This workshop will review the Nuestra's Familias, Nuestra Salud curriculum and its implementation in Salt Lake County with 20 families. Created in response to a need for sexual violence prevention materials for the Latinx community. This is a tool for teachers, parents, and direct service providers to engage the Latinx community in educational settings; while focusing on empowerment, accessibility and utilizing tested prevention methods.


Cultural Sensitivity when Serving Refugee Survivors-Jenny Hart

The International Rescue Committee’s Cultural Sensitivity when Serving Refugee Survivors Workshop aims to advance practitioners’ knowledge of refugee background and trauma, data on the lived experiences of refugee survivors in Salt Lake City and best practices when it comes to working with this population. Whether participants are new to working with refugees or have had experience, everyone can expect to learn more about how to best serve refugee survivors in a culturally appropriate way. Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate best practices when working with refugees by practicing with professional interpreters both over the phone and in-person


KIDS ARE DIFFERENT: Myths and Facts about Sex Offending Court-Involved Youth- Monica Maio, J.D., and Tasha Williams, J.D.

This workshop will educate the audience about sex offending from the defense perspective and how child offenders differ from adult offenders.


Our Truth: Interventions for Change in Native Communities- Paul Flack. M.S., DMFT, LMFT and Renee Harrison, MSW

Native American and Alaska Native survivors of Domestic and Sexual assault have a shared historical and cultural context that can either complicate or enhance the success of interventions. This presentation is intended to provide care providers and survivors with information and insights to avoid common errors and tap into the strengths AI/AN women have to transform tragedy into purpose.

Educating Children about Sexual Abuse: Methods and Challenges- Gwen Knight, MPA

During this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about sexual abuse prevention education efforts throughout Utah including Cache, Weber/Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, and Washington Counties.  A panel will be present to discuss methods and challenges for presenting education including representatives from The Family Place, Defend Innocence, The Family Support Center, the Children's Justice Center and a parent/advocate for children.


United Towards Healing and Resiliency: Sexual Violence and the Latinx Community- Stephany Murguia

This workshop will help navigate difficult conversations around the status of sexual assault services for Latinx communities in Utah. With over 30 years of combined expertise from our panelists and moderator, we will help guide participants to ensure that all communities can start a path towards healing and resiliency. Now more than ever it is important that service providers and agencies are creatively transforming their services to address sexual violence and prevention in the Latinx community.


Exploring the Complexity of Transgender Identity in the Treatment of Sexual Violence– Brent Pace, LCSW, and Christopher Lemon

This workshop will explore the complex identities under the umbrella term: Transgender. It will explore the absolute necessity for better research of better treatment modalities and will also explore the challenges facing those developing prevention strategies for this population. Anecdotal evidence will be used to show how emerging best practices are working--and though no one story tells the whole story, stories will serve as a beginning for those new to these treatments and an opportunity for discussion for more veteran providers. The time is now for better understanding for the sake of our transgender youth, their families, their communities and for us as providers.


Violence Against Women ≠ A Native Tradition: Increasing Safety and Community for Native Women and Two Spirit People-Kristina Groves, MSW, LCSW, and LaShai Jake, MPH/MSW(c)

Over 4 in 5 American Indian/Alaska Native women have experienced violence; more than 1 in 2 have experienced sexual violence. Violence, including sexual violence, against Native women, 2 Spirit people (and men) has devastating impacts on Native individuals, families, and communities. The intersecting social issues that individuals and communities of color face means that for Native survivors, healing often includes interventions that include traditional values of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual connection and wellness.


Pornography Prevention: A Healthy and Supportive Approach to the Prevention of Underage Use & Abuse of Pornographic Media-Martin Liccardo

This program will provide an overview of statistics and realities of current use and abuse of pornography within the U.S.and in Utah. Followed by an overview of the current UDOH developed curriculum for the prevention of underage use/abuse of pornography. Followed by a discussion on adoption and adaptation of this or other program and strategies in addressing this important issue going forward.


The Medical Forensic Exam-Julie Melini, MS, FNP, SANE-P, Trish Crump, RN, SANE-A

This workshop is for all members of the multidisciplinary team. As I interact with many partners caring for the patient who has been sexually assaulted it is clear the there is a lack of knowledge regarding the medical forensic exam. The workshop will help others understand what happens in the medical exam and how the exam can benefit their role on the multidisciplinary team. It will also help them realize the importance of the medical exam and when the exam is recommended as well as how to access an exam. The workshop will also look at the future of forensic nursing, providing a glimpse of how the exam may be helpful in the future.


Balancing community safety and victim healing with effective rehabilitation practices for juveniles who sexually offend-Marina Money, PhD

Juveniles who offend sexually go through several steps in the court system prior to entering treatment. It is important to understand there are many decisions along the way regarding the management of the youth which will affect not only the outcome for that youth but also the potential outcome for victims, as well as the community. This presentation will focus on the best practices to balance effective rehabilitative means for the youth with safety to the community/healing for the victim(s). 


Testing Sexual Assault Kits Supports the Principle of “Justice for All-Julie Valentine, PhD, RN, CNE, SANE-A

This presentation provides research findings from a large, retrospective study on the submission
rates of 4,038 sexual assault kits (collected from 2010 to 2016) and subsequent DNA analysis
findings. Research data on the responsiveness of law enforcement to increase SAK submission
rates will be discussed. DNA analysis findings from over 2,000 sexual assault kits (SAKs) will
be shared. Logistic regression modeling findings on the predictors associated with SAK
submissions and the development of STR and YSTR findings will be reported. Collaborative,
multidisciplinary practice implications from the study findings will be discussed.


Programs and Treatment of Adult Sexual Offenders in the Utah Department of Corrections-Victor Kersey

This workshop will provide a comprehensive review of the Utah Department of Correction's Sex Offender Treatment Program to include, but not limited to: SOTP objectives, risk assessment/evaluation processes, program typologies, dosage, continued care and outcomes. The second portion will address the 2017 Legislative Audit and the changes that followed that were responsible for the development of groundbreaking programs impacting offenders, their families and our communities.


Power-Conscious Approaches to Addressing Campus Sexual Violence-Chris Linder, PhD

As attention to campus sexual violence has increased, campus administrators have been pressured to respond quickly to comply with local and federal policy to address sexual violence on their campuses. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a hyper-focus on compliance, rather than prevention. Further, many administrators and educators have been pressured to use nationally developed one-size-fits-all “best practices” to educate students about campus sexual violence, rather than developing unique context-specific strategies for their campuses. In this session, we will examine strategies to more effectively address sexual violence from a power-conscious, equitable perspective, unique to individual campus cultures and climates.


Broadening the Lens of Bystander Intervention-Brittany Badger

Bystander Intervention training is commonly used to reduce harm on college campuses. However, at large institutions, problematic situations may go unseen and subtle warning signs or “pink flags” are often dismissed as benign. We challenge the historical idea of what a Bystander Interventionist is and propose a need to expand our definition and understanding of BI. We will showcase changes made in our institution to more effectively teach our campus to recognize “pink flags”, identify a variety of problematic situations, engage in regular peer check-ins, and build a safer campus community. Our goal is to broaden BI on our campus to be more comprehensive, skills-based, and normalized.


The Big Picture- Edith D.S. Davis, Captain Madeleine Jensen, Jessica Hancock, Hill Air Force Base

This workshop will discuss the dynamics of the military and the fears of negative career impacts in seeking mental health assistance. To combat this, the presenters will discuss: 1) Their public service announcement initiative 2) Use of courthouse facility dogs to provide emotional support to participants in court proceedings


Best Practices for Title IX Investigators-Sheila Sconiers

Title IX investigators in higher education likely share similar challenges in investigating sexual misconduct on and off college campuses. This session provides an opportunity for investigators to identify shared challenges, learn what is working in different institutions, and identify potential practices for the timely completion and fair completion of sexual misconduct investigations.


Laughing in the Storm: Practicing Deep Resilience-Emily Capito, LCSW, MBA, RYT

Dear Lord: Grant me the humility to embrace my inadequacy as a (very) deep well of empathy, the humor to work on myself wholeheartedly, and the deep roots needed to stand and laugh into the storm with the souls who would otherwise stand alone. We can only take people across the bridges that we have walked ourselves. The art of helping is inconvenient, hand engraved invitation to live up to the hopes that we hold out for the clients. A personal practice of simple, deep resilience.