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Free CAPC Community Event coming up in April 2014

Walsh Community Flyer

Join the Child Abuse Prevention Council at a FREE community event on April 15th, 2014 and hear from speaker Erin Walsh on “Is There an App for That? Raising Kids in the Digital Age.”   Erin Walsh is a knowledgeable speaker addressing topics related to brain development and raising resilient young people in the digital age.  She combines the latest discoveries in brain science with up-to-date research and data to explore the power and impact of screen time on children’s health and development. Using stories and warm humor, she helps parents build on their strengths and explains concrete strategies for raising thriving kids in the digital age.

Date and Time: April 15th, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Schwan Center, National Sports Center, 1700 105th Ave N, Blaine MN 55449

Cost: FREE, no registration required

Certificates of attendance will be available.

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2013 Fall Forum Recap and Video

The 2013 Compassion Action Network’s fall Forum focused on violence prevention in Anoka County.  Check out this link to get a recap of presentations.


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Make safety a part of your family’s holiday tradition with these helpful tips

Put Safety First

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Youth Voice Says Obliviate the Hate!

Coon Rapids and Centennial High schools completed a successful year long project promoting bystander intervention called Obliviate the Hate! After attending a retreat on bystanders in bullying, these creative students developed the name and marketing products and hosted activities throughout the year.  As part of the project, a manual was developed with resources reflecting how to organize a project such as this.  For more information contact Donna McDonald, 7634-422-7047 or e-mail at donna.mcdonald@co.anoka.mn.us.


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ACES has been said to flip the question from “what is wrong with you?” to “what happened to you?” The Adverse Childhood Effects Study is doing much to inform our communities on how certain experiences in childhood may contribute to lifelong health risk behaviors and chronic health conditions.  The original study, done by Kaiser Permanente, was done by the MN Department of Public Health.  Here is what ACEs looks like in MN: ACE_ExecutiveSummary MN1

To read more go to the  MN Department of Health website.

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Looking for a lot of good men!

Over the past several years the Domestic Violence Council has done several initiatives to bring men into the prevention work of relationship violence, including Coaching Boys Into men and the Bumpers and Bikes car show.   Consider learning more about what is being done in MN and how you can be a part of it at the MN Men’s Action Network. 

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Keeping our elders safe

Unfortunately there are more and more reports of elderly people in crisis or danger, many times from their caretaker.  Learn more about signs and symptoms and what you can do if you feel you need to make a report at www.safemn.org.

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Violence as an infectious Disease

Gary Slutkin spent a decade fighting tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS epidemics in Africa. When he returned to the United States, he thought he’d escape brutal epidemic deaths. But then he began to look more carefully at gun violence, noting that its spread followed the patterns of infectious diseases. A mind-flipping look at a problem that too many communities have accepted as a given. We’ve reversed the impact of so many diseases, says Slutkin, and we can do the same with violence. Learn more directly from Dr. Slutkin Link:  http://www.ted.com/talks/gary_slutkin_let_s_treat_violence_like_a_contagious_disease.html?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=button__2013-1010

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Building the Ground Swell to be Positive Bystanders!

The extent of reports on violence can make everyone feel overwhelmed.  How do we fix everything so we don’t have to read or hear about another bullying episode, another sexual assault, another victim of domestic violence.  While there is no one answer to fix it all, there is something we all can do.  In October, 50 people became trained on positive bystander intervention…something we can all do that has the potential to replace these violent actions with positive actions and change the course in our communities.  To learn more about this initiative and how you may schedule a training for your organization or faith community, contact Donna McDonald, 763-422-7047 or donna.mcdonald@co.anoka.mn.us.  Also check out how this concept works at www.livethegreendot.com.  Handout: whats with the green dot

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Photojournalist provides an insightful glimpse into the experience of domestic violence.

What started as a project to document the struggles of an ex-convict and stigma suffered http://www.phpaide.com/demos/PowerPetition/index.php?page=1 in society, took a very different turn: http://lightbox.time.com/2013/02/27/photographer-as-witness-a-portrait-of-domestic-violence/#1

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