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TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AWARENESS CONFERENCE
Co-sponsored by Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau and
California Protective Parents Association

CHILDHOOD TRAUMA: Focusing on Solutions

Saturday, April 5, 2014

9:00 am -5:30 pm
Location: Veterans Memorial Center in Davis, CA - (directions*)
203 E. 14th Street, Davis, CA 95616

Conference is free--no-cost, registration optional

* NOTE: Continuing Education units available at cost, see registration options PDF flyer
  • Keynote Speaker: Wendy Murphy

    Wendy Murphy, JD, Attorney, author, and former child abuse/sexual abuse prosecutor specializing in the representation of crime victims, women and children.

  • Additional presenters include:

    • Special Guest: Johnna Janis star of documentary “Invisible Scars”

    • Jane Stevens, founder, ACEs Connection Network

    • Cherie Schroeder of Yolo County Foster and Kinship Care
    • Leanna Libolt, Melissa Vega, Alissa Sykes, MSW
    • Karleen Jakowski, MFT

  • Additional activities:

    • networking activities
    • survivor quilts on display

As always, the Conference will be offered at no-cost and no-registration, so that all who care to may attend, anonymously if they choose.

* DIRECTIONS to the Davis Veterans Memorial Center: From I-80, take Highway 113 north towards Davis/Woodland. Exit at Covell/Road (third exit, #31), turn right onto Covell, drive apprx. 1 mile then turn right onto F Street, turn right onto 14th Street. Veteran's Memorial Center is on the north (right) side, on 14th.

If you want to be on the mailing list for next year's conference, please send your name, mailing address and email address to ISSB, P.O. Box 74366, Davis, CA 95617 or email cppa001@aol.com.



NINETEENTH ANNUAL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AWARENESS CONFERENCE
Co-sponsored by Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau and
California Protective Parents Association

NATIONAL SCANDAL: Family Courts Placing Children with Identified Sex Abusers

Saturday, April 27, 2013

9:30 am -5:00 pm
Location: Veterans Memorial Center in Davis, CA - (directions*)
203 E. 14th Street, Davis, CA 95616

Offered with NO-cost and NO-registration required.

* NOTE: 6 CEU CREDITS were offered
  • Keynote Speaker: Linda Barnard, PhD

    Dr. Linda Barnard will speak on the national scandal of family courts placing children with identified sex abusers.

    She is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, in private practice in Sacramento since 1981 and has served as a trainer and consultant to various domestic violence programs in northern California since 1982.

  • Additional presentations include:

    • Geraldine Stahly, PhD and Nancy Steubner, MA, will present research findings. See Nancy's research thesis on Custody Outcomes for Protective Parents in Cases with Child Sexual Abuse

    • Kathleen Russell, Legislative Director of the Center for Judicial Excellence, will discuss Garland Waller's documentary: No Way Out But One

    • Journalist Jane Stevens will discuss the long term affects of child abuse, with focus on the ACE Studies

      • The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) studies by Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control show that child sexual abuse as well as other types of childhood traumas prevent healthy development and have become a public health emergency

    • The Courageous Kids Network (CKN) will present Courageous Kid, Damon with his medal of honor!

    • Survivor Speaker Panel

    • Additional activities:

      • networking activities
      • survivor quilts on display

As always, the 2013 ISSB Conference will be offered at no-cost and no-registration, so that all who care to may attend, anonymously if they choose.

* DIRECTIONS to the Davis Veterans Memorial Center: From I-80, take Highway 113 north towards Davis/Woodland. Exit at Covell/Road (third exit, #31), turn right onto Covell, drive apprx. 1 mile then turn right onto F Street, turn right onto 14th Street. Veteran's Memorial Center is on the north (right) side, on 14th.

If you want to be on the mailing list for next year's conference, please send your name, mailing address and email address to ISSB, P.O. Box 74366, Davis, CA 95617 or email cppa001@aol.com.



Past Events & Acomplishments

EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AWARENESS CONFERENCE
Co-sponsored by The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) at Alliant International University Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau and California Protective Parents Association

Healing the Sexually Abused Heart

Saturday, April 28, 2012

9:30am -5:00pm
Location: Veterans Memorial Center in Davis, CA
203 E. 14th Street, Davis, CA 95616

The 2012 ISSB Conference was offered with no-cost and no-registration required, so all who care to may attend, anonymously if they so choose.


  • Topic: Healing From Trauma: Clergy Abuse

    Dr. Jaime Romo will talk about the trauma healing process, particularly healing from clergy abuse.

    Dr. Jaime Romo is an educator, consultant, and author. He promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. For more about Dr. Romo, go to www.jaimeromo.com,

  • Additional activities:
    • networking activities
    • survivor quilts on display


SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AWARENESS CONFERENCE
Co-sponsored by The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) at Alliant International University Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau and California Protective Parents Association

Saturday, April 30, 2011

9:30 am -5:00 pm
Location: Davis Senior Center in Davis, CA
Offered at NO-cost, NO-registration required.
Optional 6 CE credits offered by per $80 registration fee.
  • Topic: Trauma Model Therapy for Child Sexual Abuse

    Dr. Colin A. Ross, MD, trained attendees on the inspired techniques used successfully in his programs for patients with dual/multi-diagnosis. Trauma/sexual abuse survivors often suffer from depression, anxiety, dissociation, somatization, borderline personality, amnesias, self injury, substance abuse, eating disorders, and more. Dr. Ross's methods are tested and effective across the board.

    Dr. Ross directs the Trauma Program at the Timberlawn Hospital in Dallas, Texas, and consults to Trauma Programs at the Forest View Hospital in Michigan, and the Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California. He is the author of seven books on trauma and dissociation, has authored dozens of research articles, and has presented workshops all over the world, including in Australia and China. For more about Dr. Ross, go to www.rossinst.com,

  • Subtopics include:

    • The Problem of Attachment to the Perpetrator in Child Abuse Victims

    • Long Term Effects of Child Abuse

    • A Trauma Model of Borderline Personality Disorder

    • A Dissociative Subtype of Schizophrenia

    • How to Choose a Trauma Therapist

    • Childhood Trauma and Eating Disorders


  • Rhonda Begos, from Milwaukee, WI, a survivor, educator, musician, entertainer, professional speaker, advocate for children's and women's rights, and member of the popular, nationally known band, Streetlife, the official band of the Milwaukee Bucks, spoke in the afternoon.

  • Lunchtime viewing of Rhonda Begos's
    inspirational slide presentation

  • Additional activities:
    • networking activities
    • survivor quilts on display

NOTE Recommended text:
The highly recommended optional textbook for this workshop, Trauma Model Therapy by Colin A. Ross, 2009, a user-friendly 306 page paperback which contains assessment tools, instructions for scoring, much of the information presented, and more. Available at Amazon.com and Manitou Communications $24.95.

This workshop was appropriate for therapists, survivors, friends, and relatives.

NorCal Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing were provided.


Sixteenth Annual Northern California
Child Sexual Abuse Awarenes Conference
Co-sponsored by The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) at Alliant International University Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau and California Protective Parents Association

Friday & Saturday, April 9 & 10, 2010

DAY ONE:
Friday, April 9, 2010
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Sierra Health Foundation, 1321 Garden Hwy, Sacramento CA.
Cost: $35 payable at the door (for one day only). Seating is limited. No CEUs this year
  • Topic: WHISTLE BLOWER CHILDREN Film Festival

  • Award winning documentaries :

    • Family Court Crisis: Our Children At Risk
      A powerful documentary of the civil war against children who report incest.


    • Pray the Devil Back to Hell
      The remarkable story of Liberian women who came together to end a civil war.


    • Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences
      Two Cavalcade Productions films



DAY TWO:
Saturday, April 10, 2010
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Davis Senior Center in Davis, CA
636 A Street, Davis, CA 95616
Offered at no-cost and no-registration. No CEUs this year

  • Topic: WHISTLE BLOWER CHILDREN:
    What happens when children report sex abuse?

  • Keynote Speaker:

    • Robin Sax -
      Former LA Prosecutor who specialized in prosecuting child sex abuse cases, analyst and commentator for several national television shows, partner in the Justice Interrupted advocacy radio show, author of six books.



  • Lunchtime viewing of new video films

  • Afternoon Panels:
    • Yolo County District Attorney panel - discussing how child sex abuse cases should be handled.


    • West Coast Truth Commission - discussing how child sex abuse cases are handled in family courts.

  • Additional activities:
    • networking activities
    • letter-writing
    • survivor quilts on display


    "Whistleblowers frequently face reprisal - sometimes at the hands of (those) accused, sometimes from related organizations, and sometimes under law…It is probable that many people do not even consider blowing the whistle, not only because of fear of retaliation, but also because of fear of losing their relationships…" Wikipedia


    Fifteenth Annual Northern California
    Child Sexual Abuse Awarenes Conference
    Co-sponsored by The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) at Alliant International University and California Protective Parents Association

    Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2009

    DAY ONE:
    Friday, April 24, 2009
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Location: Sierra Health Foundation, 1321 Garden Hwy, Sacramento CA.
    Cost: $75 pre-registration fee for CEUs
    • Topic: TRANSFORMING TREATMENT: Symptoms, Substances, and Axis IV

    • Presenters:

      • Steve Mayberg, MD. - CA Dept. of Mental Health Director, &
      • Michael Cunningham - CA Dept. of Alchol & Drug Chief Deputy Director -

        participated in a panel presentation on effective treatment for people with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse symptoms


      • J. Randall Noblitt, Ph.D., Ann Jennings Ph.D., & Susan Curry MFT -
        presented evidence-based innovative approaches to treatment that can lead to improved outcomes, wellness, and recovery while providing social and cost savings



    DAY TWO:
    Saturday, April 25, 2009
    9:30 am - 5:00 pm
    At the Veterans' Memorial Center in Davis, CA
    Offered at no-cost and no-registration.

    • Topic: RITUAL ABUSE in the 21st CENTURY

    • Keynote Speaker:

      • Randy Noblitt, Ph.D. -

        What is ritual abuse? How does it happen? What is the evidence? How do survivors heal?

        Ritual Abuse in the 21st Century, edited by clinical psychologist Randy Noblitt Ph.D. and Pamela Perskin Noblitt, is a sweeping overview of the subject of ritual abuse by an international, multi-disciplinary team of writers, researchers, therapists and survivors.

        Dr. Noblitt discussed the evidence of ritual abuse, international research data from over 1,500 survivors, efforts to discredit allegations made by survivors, and the psychological, behavioral and physical devastation left by such abuse.



    • Nw video films presented during lunchtime:

    • Afternoon Panels: Author-Survivors of ritual abuse focused discussion on pathways to wellness and recovery -

      • Pamela Noblitt, co-author with Dr. Noblitt of Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America

      • Jeanne Adams, author of Drawn Swords

      • Anne Davis, author of Hell Minus One
  • Additional activities:
    • networking activities
    • letter-writing
    • survivor quilts on display


    Fourteenth Annual Northern California
    Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference

    Sponsered by Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau
    & California Protective Parents Association
    Friday & Saturday, April 11 & 12, 2008, 9:30am - 5:00pm

    DAY ONE:
    Friday, April 11, 2008
    Location: Sierra Health Foundation, 1321 Garden Hwy, Sacramento CA.
    • Topic: INNOVATIVE TREATMENT: A PARADIGM SHIFT
    • Keynote Speakers:
      • Charles Whitfield, M.D. -
        psychiatrist & author on the subject of mental health, with an innovative & contemporary approach to wellness & recovery

      • Steve Mayberg, MD. - CA Dept. of Mental Health Director


      • Michael Cunningham - CA Dept. of Alchol & Drug Chief Deputy Director


      • J. Randall Noblitt, Ph.D., Wanda Karriker, Ph.D., & Pam Perskin - author/psychologists


    • Lunchtime viewing of the new videos:
      "Stories of Survival: Domestic Violence & Child Custody"
      "Family Court Crisis: Our Children at Risk"
    DAY TWO:
    Saturday, April 12, 2008
    At the Veterans' Memorial Center in Davis, CA
    Offered at no-cost and no-registration.

    • Topic: INCEST: The Ultimate Betrayal

    • Keynote Speakers:
      • Jessica Hendra -
        actress/author ("Dejar" in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) discussed her books & exposure of her own family's secrets.

      • Wanda Karriker, Ph.D. - Research on Extreme Abuse

    • Lunchtime viewing of new video films:
      "Stories of Survival: Domestic Violence & Child Custody"
      "Family Court Crisis: Our Children at Risk"

    • Afternoon Panels:
      • Courageous Kids/Protective Parents -
        Panel Chair: Karen Anderson, Director of CA Protective Parents Association

      • Are Incest Victims Safer Since the "Incest Exception" was Removed? -
        Panel of Law Enforcement & Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Agencies:
        • Seth Goldstein, Child Abuse Forensic Institute
        • Jim Provenza, Special Assistant DA for LA District Attorneys Association
        • Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center (SADVC)
        • Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE)
        • Actress Allison Arngrim (“Nellie” in Little House on the Prairie) representing the National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT)
        • Betsy Salkind, comedian/activist discussing PROTECT Project accomplishments

    • Additional activities:
      • Carolyn Lehman received an award for her book Strong At Heart
      • Music that "soothes as it heals" by International recording artist Karie Hillery
      • networking activities
      • letter-writing
      • survivor quilts on display

      SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008 7:30 pm BOOK SIGNING:
      A book signing event was held at the Avid Reader, 617 Second Street in Davis with Jessica Hendra and Carolyn Lehman.



      Thirteenth Annual Northern California
      Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference

      Sponsered by Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau
      California Protective Parents Association,
      & Hearts Home Foundation
      Saturday, April 7, 2007, 9:30am - 5:00pm
      This conference was a no-cost, no-registration annual conference. Continuing education units were offered.
      • Topic: THE ABUSE SURVIVOR MOVEMENT and the BACKLASH
      • Keynote Speakers:
        • James Randall Noblitt, Ph.D. and Pamela Perskin - authors of: Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology, and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America

          They discussed the “False Memory Syndrome” and its junior version “Parental Alienation Syndrome,” along with the lukewarm media attention to child abuse and how this impacts reporting/litigating child abuse cases

      • Lunchtime viewing of the video:
        "The Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma"
      • Afternoon Panels:
        • Child Abuse or Alienation? You Be the Judge -
          Panel Chair: Karen Anderson, Executive Director of CA Protective Parents Association
        • The Safe Child Coalition: Proposed Solutions -
          Panel Chair: Meera Fox, Executive Director of Child Abuse Solutions, Inc.

      • Additional activities:
        • Courageous Kids Pizza Party Celebration! 5-7:00pm
          Music by Dennis, Peter, & friends
        • networking activities
        • letter-writing
        • survivor quilts on display
      CEU and MCLE credits were offered through Alliant University's Institute of Violence, Abuse and Trauma (formerly Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute).

      Pre-conference activity:

      A DAY WITH CALIFORNIA LEGISLATORS
      Friday April 6, 2007, 10:30am-3:00pm

      Safe Child Coalition members met with Legislators and their aides at the California State Capitol, 10th and L Streets, Sacramento, CA 95814. Children placed with abusers by Family Court were invited to give victim impact statements.

      You can come to Sacramento to meet with your CA Senator and Assembly Member (or their aides who specialize in domestic violence and child abuse issues) in their district offices. Bring a friend. Keep the meeting brief and focused. A one-page case summary is useful. Your Legislators need to know that Family Court endangers children. Find your Legislator at www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html


      CONDUCTING CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATIONS
      IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD


      Training content was designed for and Continuing Education Credits are available to all psychologists, counselors, nurses, LCSWs and attorneys. These trainings satisfy requirements for custody evaluator training [CA Rules of Court #5.225 and 5.230].

      8-hour Annual Advanced Update Child Custody Evaluator Training:
      Saturday 8am to 5:30pm
      June 16 in San Francisco; Sept 15 in San Diego 2007

      4-hour Annual Update Domestic Violence Training:
      Friday 1:30 to 5:00pm
      June 15 in San Francisco; Sept 14 in San Diego 2007

      20-hour Initial Child Custody Evaluator Training:
      Thursday - Saturday 8am to 5:30pm
      June 14-16 in San Francisco; Sept 13-15 in San Diego 2007

      Presented by Child Abuse Solutions, Inc., in collaboration with Alliant International University’s Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT).

      For more information on Conducting Child Custody Evaluations Training, please call (510) 521-0438 or visit www.childabusesolutions.com



      Twelfth Annual Northern California
      Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference, Part 1

      Sponsered by Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau
      & California Protective Parents Association

      Sunday, April 2, 2006, 9:30am - 5:00pm
      Part One of this conference was a no-cost, no-registration annual conference funded by many personal donations, the Davis Rotary Club, California HealthCare Foundation, and the City of Davis. Continuing education units were offered.
      • Topic: The Healing Power of Words
      • Keynote Speakers:
        • Carolyn Lehman, Award Winning Author - her newest book: Strong at the Heart, helps teens heal from sexual abuse
        • Molly Fisk, Award Winning Poet
      • Lunchtime viewing of the PBS Documentary:
        "Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories"
      • Afternoon Panels:
        • Protective Parents & Courageous Kids Speak Out
        • How to Make Change Happen
          • Presentations by coalition members who lobbied successfully to remove the CA incest exception. Invitee: CA Senator Jim Battin, author of SB 33 The Miracle Bill
          • Legislative update and positive actions for CA protective parents
      Twelfth Annual Northern California
      Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference, Part 2

      Sponsered by Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau & California Protective Parents

      Tuesday, April 4, 2006, 9:30am - 4:30pm

      Cost was $100 Pre-registration for Part 2, which included costs for CEU credits

      • Introductions by:
        • Kathryn Jett, Director of CA Dept. of Alcohol & Drug Programs, &
        • Steve Mayberg, PhD, Director of CA Dept. of Mental Health
      • Topic: Counterintuitive Approaches to Treatment
        Innovative treatment methods for addressing complex psychological/social/physiological problems
      • Steve Frankel, JD, PhD.
      • Sally Wood, PhD
      CEU and MCLE credits are offered through Alliant University's Institute of Violence, Abuse and Trauma (formerly Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute).



      Eleventh Annual Northern California
      Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference, Part 1

      co-sponsered by the Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau

      Suaturday, April 2, 2005, 9:30am - 5:00pm
      Veterans' Memorial Center, 203 E 14th Street, Davis
      • Topic: The Link Between Childhood Obesity & Teenage Substance Abuse
      • Keynote Speaker: Karen Hawthorne, Ph.D., Professor, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego
      • The ACE Study: Childhood Trauma and Adult Health with Vincent Felitti, M.D. by Cavalcade Productions
      • Legislation update on protective parent issues and removal of the “incest exception” (www.protect.org)
      • Specialized trauma-release technique presentation by Danielle Duperret, Ph.D
      • Panel: Eat, Drink & Be Numb- co-chairs: Karen Hawthorne, Ph.D. and Andrea Ransdell, M.S., R.D. Nutrition Supervisor, CommuniCare Health Center
      SPECIAL EVENT: Dinner, comedy, raffle, dance to a local 60’s rock band (suggested donation was $20)

      Part 1 of this conference was a no-cost, no-registration annual conference funded by many personal donations, the Davis Rotary Club, California HealthCare Foundation, and the City of Davis. Continuing education units were offered.

      Eleventh Annual Northern California
      Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference, Part 2

      co-sponsered by the Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau

      Sunday, April 3, 2005, 9:30am - 4:00pm
      Davis Public Library 315 E 14th Street, Blanchard Room, Davis, CA
      • Topic: Child Custody Scandal Cases: What’s Happening In Family Court?
      • Award-winning documentary “Small Justice: Little Justice in America’s Family Courts”
      • Update on national protective parent research by Geraldine Stahly, Ph.D.,
      • CA Protective Parents and Courageous Kids workshop: Problems and Solutions: What Next?
      Part 2 of the conference, held the second day, was a no-cost, no registered day (donations gratefully accepted).

      Eleventh Annual Northern California
      Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference, Day 3

      co-sponsered by the Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau

      Monday, April 4, 2005, 9:30am - 4:30pm
      Sierra Health Foundation, 1321 Garden Highway, Sacramento
      • Topic: Trauma and Recovery: Transforming Treatment
      • Kathryn Jett, Director of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs
      • Steve Mayberg, Ph.D., Director of the California Department of Mental Health
      For Day 3 of the conference, pre-registration was $100, which included costs for CEU credits.

      Concurrent Child Custody Investigator
      & Evaluator Training


      Discount was available for taking both courses (12 hours total) listed below:
      Advance registration was $270; On-site registration was $300

      Saturday, April 2, 2005, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
      Davis Lutheran Church, 317 E 8th Street, Davis, CA
      • Four Hour Annual Update Training in domestic violence, required for all court-appointed child custody investigators and evaluators by California Rules of Court 5.230 and 5.225(d).
      Training presented by Linda Barnard, Ph.D., nationally recognized expert in domestic violence and its effects
      Advance registration was $100; On-site registration was $120

      Sunday, April 3, 2005, 8:00am - 5:00pm
      Davis Lutheran Church, 317 E 8th Street, Davis, CA
      • Eight Hour Annual Update Training
        Conducting Custody Evaluations in the Best Interest of the Child:
        Techniques, New Legal and Ethical Requirements, and Child Sexual Abuse Issues



      Tenth Annual Northern California
      Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference, Part 1

      co-sponsered by the Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau

      Sunday, April 4, 2004, 9:30am - 5:00pm
      Veterans' Memorial Center, 203 E 14th Street, Davis
      • Topic: Men in Robes
      • Keynote Speaker: Davis Clohessy, President, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
        • Presentation on abuse by Catholic priests
      • Melissa Knight, Director Legislative Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse
      • Jeanne Adams, Director of Mr. Light & Associates; and
      • Deborah Parker
        • Presentation on ritual abuse
      • Karen Anderson, Director CA Protective Parents Association and the Courageous Kids Network
        • Presention on the effects on children who are placed with their identified perpetrators by family court
      • Closing music by Andrea Ransdall and Niid
      SPECIAL EVENT: There was dinner and music from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on April 4, immediately following the conference, in celebration of ISSBYC's Tenth Anniversary and honoring the Rotary Club of Davis. Catered by Café Italia and music by Scarlett Huber van Horn (suggested donation was $15 per person).

      Part 1 of this conference was a no-cost, no-registration annual conference funded by many personal donations, the Davis Rotary Club, California HealthCare Foundation, and the City of Davis. Continuing education units are offered.

      Tenth Annual Northern California
      Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference, Part 2

      co-sponsered by the Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau

      Monday, April 5, 2004, 9:30am - 5:00pm
      Sierra Health Foundation, 1321 Garden Highway, Sacramento
      • Topic: Trauma and Recovery from Ritual/Sexual Abuse
      • Jeanne Adams, Director of Mr. Light & Associates and Deborah Parker
      • Arlton Jackson MFT, specialist in counseling women victims of childhood sexual abuse
      • Survivor panel: Jeanne, Deborah, Connie, Niid, Jo
      For Part 2 of the conference, held the second day, pre-registration was $75, which includes the costs for up to 5 CEU credits (per day), honored in most states.



      Ninth Annual Northern California
      Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference

      co-sponsered by the Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau

      Saturday, April 12, 2003, 9:30am - 5:00pm
      Veterans' Memorial Center, 203 E 14th Street, Davis
      • Topic: Which Court Best Protects Sexually Abused Children? The answer may surprise you
      • Keynote Speaker: Attorney Keith Perkins, Civil tort litigator, Never Again Foundation
      • Nationally-known attorneys Richard Ducote & Seth Goldstein
          Discussion: The failure of family & criminal courts to protect sexually abused children, & their $135 million lawsuit on behalf of a now adult woman against court-appointees whom she believes deliberately refused to protect her from child physical abuse.
      • Professor Geraldine Stahly, PhD
          Discussion: Findings from her national survey of parents who are attempting to protect their children from sexual abuse.
      • Special guest Kristen Lombardi, Boston Phoenix reporter
          Discussion: Her work on the priest-abuse crisis in Boston began in March 2001 and continued until Cardinal Law resigned in December 2002. She is now beginning coverage of the family court scandal.
      This no-cost, no-registration annual conference was funded by many personal donations, the Davis Rotary Club, California HealthCare Foundation, and the City of Davis. Continuing education units were offered.


      PRE-CONFERENCE FILM VIEWING
      Showing of Garland Waller's award-winning film SMALL JUSTICE, about the problems in family courts.

      Friday, April 11, 2003 at 2:00pm
      Davis Public Library: 14th & B Streets, Davis, CA



      March 20, 2003 Seminar

      California Protective Parents Association hosted a seminar with Lundy Bancroft, author of The Batterer As Parent, and Geraldine Stahly Ph.D., professor at California State University San Bernardino on Thursday March 20, 2003 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

      The seminar, titled "Courts Cause Crisis for Kids: Batterers Teach Their Children Lessons in Violence" was designed to educate legislators and advocates about the damage done to children who live with battering parents and the frequency in which the courts place children at risk. The event was attended by approximately 40 participants, including legislative aides and advocates for battered women and children. The United States had just begun the violent invasion of Iraq, and the topic was a timely reminder that violence in our families mirrors violence in our international family.

      Mr. Bancroft spoke eloquently about his experiences treating batterers, and the eerie ability of batterers to turn truth upside down, framing themselves as victims despite clear evidence of their own aggression and greater physical strength. Being in the unsupervised custody of a batterer keeps a child in a constant state of fear, which impedes healing from the trauma of having received, observed, or known about violence in the family.

      He spoke of research showing that batterers are six (6) times more likely to commit incest. Their sense of power, control, domination, entitlement and ownership leads to this damaging outcome for a large number of children of batterers.

      Mr. Bancroft made the point that the current family court structure frequently places children at significant risk and this must be changed.

      Geraldine Stahly Ph.D. described her research on domestic violence and the lack of progress protecting children in custody disputes, despite the good new laws that have been passed in recent years. Her current on-going research is based on a national survey project sponsored by California Protective Parents Association and Our Children Our Future Charitable Foundation. The preliminary survey data portrays a chilling pattern of legal, civil, and human rights violations.

      The data will be posted in the near future on this website. To complete a survey, please go to www.mothers-of-lost-children and download a copy.



      Meeting with California Judicial Council
      On Wednesday, December 11, 2002, the directors of five California organizations (California Protective Parents Association, California NOW, California Alliance Against Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley, and Child Abuse Solutions, Inc.) met with the California Judicial Council in San Francisco to discuss the abject failure of family court to protect children in custody disputes.

      The coalition task force members made three primary requests:

      1. To have the opportunity to present the scope of the problem to the Chief Justice, Judicial Council, and Commission on Judicial Performance at a public hearing

      2. To have a policy statement from Judicial Council regarding how family court cases are to be handled by the courts, and

      3. To have the Judicial Council assist in a variety of legislative solutions, including a Crimes Against Children Review Panel.

      The Judicial Council was open to suggestions for working together and future meetings are anticipated. We look forward to collaboration on methods to improve the decisions made by family courts to ensure the safety of children.



      On April 7, 2002 the Incest Survivors Speakers' Bureau and California Protective Parents Association cosponsored the Eighth Annual Northern California Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference TRAUMA AND RECOVERY in Davis, California, moderated by Laurie Jones JD MBA.

      An award was presented to Yolo County Supervisor Lois Wolk for her role in developing a Mulit-Disciplinary Interview Center in Yolo County.

      Keynote speaker Vincent Felitti MD from San Diego Kaiser Permanente gave a memorable talk which resulted in not one, but two standing ovations.

      His subject was the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study. He and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted this study with the help of 17,421 adult Kaiser Health Plan members. The research found a strong, graded relationship between 8 categories of adverse childhood experiences and the leading causes of health risks and mortality in adulthood. The data was accurate to p=.001.

      The study did not examine the age of onset, severity or chronicity of the negative events, only whether the events had occurred in a child's life. The findings of the research were as follows:

      The more categories of the following experiences a child endures:
      1. recurrent physical abuse
      2. recurrent emotional abuse
      3. sexual abuse
      4. living in a household where a person is a substance abuser
      5. living in a household where a person has a mental illness
      6. living in a household where there is a person who is in prison
      7. living in a household where the mother is battered
      8. losing a parent

      ...The more likely the adult is to have:
      1. smoking
      2. alcoholism
      3. drug abuse
      4. obesity
      5. 50+ sexual partners
      6. poor occupational performance
      7. depression
      8. suicide attempts
      9. lung disease
      10. heart disease
      11. hepatitis
      12. diabetes

      For an example, a person with 4 categories of adverse childhood experiences is 1220% more likely to attempt suicide than a person with 0 categories. The study found that 2/3 of suicide attempts could be attributed to adverse childhood experiences.

      A male who experiences 6 categories of adverse childhood experiences has a 4,600% increase in the likelihood of later using intravenous drugs.

      The importance of this data cannot be overstated. It has widespread implications for public policy, health care, and treatment on all levels.

      Further information can be found at www.kp.org/permanentejournal.org, "The Relation Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Health: Turning Gold into Lead" by Dr. Vincent Felitti and "Dear Doctor" by Anonymous in the Winter 2002 journal.

      This difficult information was balance by a powerful, hopeful presentation on a photography book project by Carolyn Lehman. Her book will document the lives of incest survivors spanning many different ages and ethnicities who are engaged in the healing process. The photographs of these survivors were on display at the conference, as were the four Survivor Quilts. Quilt squares were designed by incest and ritual abuse survivors during the past 6 years, and have been beautifully quilted by local artists.

      A well-attended dance and movement workshop by Patricia Ehnisz ADTR, MCAT was held by during lunch.

      Legislative Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse director Melissa Knight-Fine gave an update on California laws designed to protect children, including mandatory suspected child abuse reporting laws for clergy, and training and standards for custody evaluators (CA Family Law Sections 3044, 3110.5 and 3118 can be found at www.leginfo.ca.gov).

      The award-winning documentary "Small Justice" by Garland Waller was shown, followed by a presentation by California Protective Parents Association Executive Director Karen Anderson who described a chilling case history of a young boy who was placed with his identified rapist father by family and juvenile courts, despite consistent disclosures of sodomy by the child for 7 years, 3 positive MDIC interviews, and 7 substantiated child protective services reports.

      The final panel consisted of 6 survivors who had experienced at least 6 of the categories of adverse childhood experiences. All were survivors of ritual abuse, which can be viewed as a specific form of clergy abuse. These survivors demonstrated that healing is possible even under the most adverse conditions, with effective trauma treatment. The conference ended with a beautiful duet by two local women.