Supporting Families

Harbor Island 3

Health Care Provider Tips on Talking about Sexual Violence

Friday, November 3
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Harbor Island 3

Target Audience: Professionals

Participants will learn how to use new videos and supporting materials to educate health care providers about how to talk about sexual violence with their female patients with I/DD. About 20% of all women are sexually abused during their lifetime. Women and girls with I/DD are four to ten times more likely to face sexual abuse. Health care providers need basic knowledge and tools to feel confident to address this topic with their patients with I/DD, and understand the high risk of sexual violence this population faces. Participants will view video segments and learn how to use these with local health care providers, as well as other tips and resources that can help stop and prevent sexual violence against women with I/DD. A primary message and takeaway from this session: Health care professionals, people with I/DD, and their allies must work together to ensure that all patients have usable easy to understand information about abuse prevention and know where to get help. Everyone must work together to ensure that all patients have usable, easy to understand information about abuse prevention and know where to get help after sexual victimization.

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Leigh Ann Davis

Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives
The Arc
Washington DC, District of Columbia

Leigh Ann Davis M.S.S.W., M.P.A. is Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives at The Arc and oversees The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability® (NCCJD). For over 20 years Ms. Davis has served as The Arc's subject matter expert on criminal justice and I/DD issues authoring numerous publications related to both victim and defendant issues and presenting nationally and internationally on a broad range of criminal justice-related topics (such as law enforcement training, alternatives to sentencing, child victims and sex offense issues). The culmination of her work resulted in the establishment of NCCJD in 2013. Her mission is two-fold: 1) To sustain and expand the work of NCCJD primarily through The Arc's chapter network, and 2) To fully equip people with I/DD throughout the country to educate criminal justice/legal professionals in powerful ways that change misinformed attitudes and beliefs.


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Mark Starford

Board Resource Center
Sacramento, California

Mark Starford directs the Board Resource Center (BRC) providing leadership development for organizations and government agencies that offer specialized services for underserved people. BRC and Mark prioritize their efforts to increase quality of life, especially abuse prevention.

Mark and BRC are active in developing easy to understand new media that educates the public about human and civil rights. BRC provides strategic consultation and development of person-centered approaches on difficult to address issues that impact people's lives.

Mr. Starford's professional work began in 1972 as a Montessori teacher. He was founder and head of an inclusive non-public school in Texas for twelve years and is the current volunteer director of a non-profit consulting organization, The SCILS Group.


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Molly Kennedy

MTK Consulting
Sacramento, California

Molly T. Kennedy has an extensive background in the areas health care and disabilities. She worked for the San Mateo County Health System for 18 years where she managed a federal program that provided health care to individuals who are homeless. Over the years Molly has presented on many subject areas including health care, homelessness, mental health, disability and other deeply affecting life issues. Molly has lived many of these issues since she happened to have been born with cerebral palsy. She also advocates on the local, state and federal levels to improve the lives of people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations.


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