Day One’s 2015 Annual Conference closed out Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a focus on prevention, training and treatment. Our annual conference featured Dorothy Edwards, Executive Director of green dot, etc., who started off the day with an inspiring talk about prevention of power-based personal violence. She also served as instructor for a three-part bystander intervention training session during the conference.
“I do this work because I believe with everything in me that current rates of power-based personal violence are not inevitable. I do this work because if I didn’t believe this could change – I would be accepting some truths about humanity that I am just not willing to accept.” – Dorothy Edwards
Other sessions included survivors from One Voice, Day One’s survivor advocacy group, who spoke about the impact of victimization, a brief overview of human trafficking, and trauma-informed treatment therapies.
Pre-conference focused on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Day One also hosted a pre-conference the day before to provide an inside look at commercial sex trafficking in Rhode Island and how the statewide trafficking task force is addressing it.
Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed offered welcoming remarks and a commitment to working to end human trafficking in Rhode Island. The panel featured US Attorney Peter Nerhona and representatives from Day One, the RI Attorney General’s Office, RI State Police, Providence Police, and Homeland Security.
This packed half-day session covered:
- Recommendations and discussion around statewide policy changes
- An honest, transparent look at how the response process is changing for the better
- Actions to take for both high-risk youth and identified victims
- Actual trafficking case presentations and discussion
- Next steps