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October MDT Training Highlights

October MDT Training Highlights

    On October 30th, 52 people gathered to take a deeper look at how we as a community can best serve victims of child abuse and their families.  The audience was made up of law enforcement officers, attorneys, child protection workers, mental health providers, child advocacy […]

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Jolene’s Law Task Force hears school survey

Jolene’s Law Task Force hears school survey

Dr. Amy Schweinle USD Dept O… (Download MP3) SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) – In a recent University of South Dakota survey for Jolene’s Law Task Force, schools report a wide range of child, sexual abuse cases. Dr. Amy Schweinle says schools also had concerns over a […]

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Victim rights constitutional amendment depends on SAVIN technology to work

Victim rights constitutional amendment depends on SAVIN technology to work

PIERRE—The leader of a petition drive to put a victim rights amendment in the South Dakota Constitution faced a mix of skepticism and support Monday during a presentation to members of the governor’s special panel studying child sexual abuse. The Jolene’s Law Task Force hosted Jason Glodt, […]

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Chasing Lost Innocence: Healing After Sexual Abuse

Chasing Lost Innocence: Healing After Sexual Abuse

Sunny Red Bear lost it all but is still standing tall. At 28, she has overcome years of sexual and emotional abuse by her adoptive white father, a subsequent court trial and guilty plea for her abuser, alcoholism, recovery and the birth of her son. It was […]

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Sex abuse victims need expert investigation teams, panel says

Sex abuse victims need expert investigation teams, panel says

September 29, 2015 As seen originally in Argus Leader. Any child who reports sexual abuse ought to be evaluated in a child advocacy center and every possible criminal case should be funneled through a regional team of experts, according to members of a task force on abuse […]

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Choose Your Partner with Care

Choose Your Partner with Care

July 31, 2015 By Hollie Strand, Educator/Forensic Interviewer Kids are frustrating! I think anyone who has spent more than a couple hours with a child; especially an infant would probably agree that kids can be quite frustrating. They scream, yell, fight, fuss, and throw fits; and half […]

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Back to School: Tips to keep children safe

Back to School: Tips to keep children safe

August 18, 2015 When children go back to school this fall, it often means they will be spending more time away from their parents or guardians and interacting with more adults. Because 90 percent of child abuse cases in South Dakota are commonly perpetrated by someone they […]

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Panel on sex abuse considers mandatory reporting training

Panel on sex abuse considers mandatory reporting training

August 19, 2015 PIERRE — A state panel working to combat sexual abuse of chilwdren in South Dakota began consideration Tuesday about whether to ask the Legislature to require training in mandatory reporting for people in professions that often deal with young people. The Jolene’s Law task […]

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Darkness to Light partners with TLC to raise child sex abuse awareness

Darkness to Light partners with TLC to raise child sex abuse awareness

July 20, 2015 CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Charleston-based Darkness to Light is partnering with the TLC television network and the group RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) in a national campaign to prevent child sexual abuse. The three organizations announced their joint efforts in a press […]

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Stand Up to Child Abuse Spirit Award Recipient

Stand Up to Child Abuse Spirit Award Recipient

July 15, 2015 Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center recognized Department of Social Services Child Protection Teams as this year’s recipient of the Stand Up to Child Abuse Spirit Award.  The award recognizes participation and support of the Stand Up to Child Abuse 5K run/walk held annually […]

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