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        Paths to Healing conference

        a Conference on Child Sexual Abuse Survival
        with a focus on addressing male survivors


        June 11, 2015

        Goodman Community Center, Madison

        • 8:00-8:45am Registration & Networking
        • 8:45am Welcome
        • 9:00am-5:00pm Conference
        • See press release




        thumbnail - Paths to Healing event posterPaths to Healing is a day-long conference to provide support and explore what we need to do as a community to respond to the needs of sexual abuse survivors. It is intended for child sex abuse survivors – particularly male survivors – supportive allies, advocates, health and mental health professionals, and law enforcement.

        In its inaugural debut in 2013, the event drew 75 attendees from around the upper Midwest to explore child sex abuse survival with presentations from Representative Chris Taylor, MaleSurvivor, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and more.

        In 2014, Paths to Healing included topics such as healing from childhood sex abuse (with an emphasis on male sex abuse), survivor activism, foregiveness, art and drama therapy, play therapy, a theater workshop, the impact and coping patterns, and a very special keynote by Dr. David Lisak (co-founder and current Board member of 1in6, a well-known national organization dedicated to male survivors of childhood sex abuse).


        Focus of 2015:

        The keynote, entitled 'Hope & Healing' will be given by Matt Sandusky (see bio), adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of molesting many boys. Listen to the 6/3/15 interview with Matt on WORT-FM.

        Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, Matt Sandusky, speaks in 'Happy Valley ...

        There will be two breakout tracks, one for survivors and one for community members. More specific information will be forthcoming.

        Survivor Track Topics:

        • Mindfulness Meditation - Amanda Hellenbrand, Red Tail Hypnosis
        • Healthy Boundaries - Shelby Mitchell, Safe Haven
        • Finding Your Way: Creative Coping Skills for Sexual Abuse Survivors- Lucy McLellan & Owen Karcher, Canopy Center

        Community Track Topics:

        • Human Trafficking of Minors and Young Adults - Jeanne Schneider, Briarpatch
        • Working with Male Survivors in Latino Communities - Veronica Lazo, UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence
        • Supporting Transgender Survivors in Accessing Culturally Responsive Sexual Assault Services - michael munson, FORGE

        Closing Panel: What can we all do in our communities? How to engage survivors in change and how they can empower themselves.


        Event Details:
        Paths to Healing will be held at the Goodman Community Center in Madison.

        • Scholarships are available for registration, lodging or mileage (applicants will rank their priorities) - (WAITLIST ONLY)


        The cost is $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Payment must be received by June 8th to guarantee your place in the conference and the $40 rate.

        Credit card payments can be made on the Outreach website on the left side of the front page. Please indicate the payment is for Paths to Healing 2015.

        Checks should be made payable to Outreach and add a note on the check that says “Paths to Healing”.

        Send payment to: Paths to Healing, c/o LGBT Outreach, 600 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703


        Hotel Details:
        WCASA has reserved a room block at the AmericInn Hotel & Suites Madison South (101 West Broadway, Madison, WI 53716; 608-222-8601) at the single occupancy rate of $70. Unless you have received a scholarship for lodging (you would have received a confirmation), you will be responsible for making your own reservation at your own cost. Just ask for the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) block. The block will be open until Monday, May 18; after this date rooms will be available based on availability.


        This event is presented by Solidarity with Child Abuse Victims/Survivors, in collaboration with OutReach, Inc, Rape Crisis Center, Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, UNIDOS, Canopy Center, Proud Theater, and several individual donors.

        Tax-deductible donations may be sent to OutReach, Inc., 600 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703. Checks should be made out to OutReach, but please make sure to indicate that it is for Solidarity with Child Sex Abuse Victims/Survivors or for Paths to Healing.


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