Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2016/04
April 27, 2016
In this issue:
- EXCLUSIVE INVITATION for Snapshot Subscribers!: Weekly Snapshot subscribers can pre-register for this limited opportunity educational conference to secure guaranteed seats! We are excited to announce our first annual Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Conference to be held on July 18 - 22, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
- May is Mental Health Month: As we transition from April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month to May's Mental Health Month (MHM), we are reminded of the overlap that these two months share. Approximately one in five adults in the U.S. ( 43.8 million, or 18.5%) experience mental illness in a given year.
- Addressing Sexual Assault in the Study Abroad Setting: Studying abroad affords students the opportunity to experience new places, cultures, and different styles of education.
April 20, 2016
In this issue:
- Recovery, Resiliency, and Emergency Incidents: This week in April is marked by somber anniversaries: the third anniversary of the Boston marathon bombing, the ninth anniversary of the shooting at Virginia Tech, and today, April 20th, the 17-year anniversary of the Columbine high school shooting. All these tragedies impacted numerous groups of people including the victims themselves, first responders, local communities, students, educators, families, and others. How do community members recover after an emergency incident? What resources are available to enable recovery and resiliency?
- April 30, 2016: National PrepareAthon! Day: America's PrepareAthon! is a national community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises. Two days a year, one in the spring and one in the fall, are designated as a national day of action. For 2016, April 30th is National PrepareAthon! Day. Each week in April and May, America's PrepareAthon! will be focusing on a specific hazard theme to drive participation in activities in the lead up to the April 30thNational PrepareAthon! Day and the month thereafter. This is an opportune time for school districts, state education agencies, institutions of higher education, and community partners to make plans to prepare for a variety of hazards.
April 13, 2016
In this issue:
- Free Training and Technical Assistance for Public Safety Agencies: The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) is a training and technical assistance resource for public safety agencies, including campus safety/law enforcement, and others working within the criminal justice field. The NTTAC helps agencies achieve safer communities by offering free services on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, adjudication, counter-terrorism, crime prevention, mental health, substance abuse, and tribal justice.
- Engaging Gun Shop Owners in Preventing Mass Shootings and Suicides: Gun shop owners may be the next line of defense in nationwide efforts to stop mass shootings and suicides. Though this seems an unorthodox and possibly contradictory approach to solving gun-related deaths in the U.S., a recent incident in Ohio and a program launched in 2011 aim to change both the attitudes of shop owners and the perceptions of the public.
April 6, 2016
In this issue:
- Campus Safety Mobile Apps: In recent years, we have seen a rise in the creation of mobile apps designed for safety and security. In combination with the technical abilities of smartphones, the creation and demand for safety apps is growing out of security concerns across the nation in the wake of campus shootings and other safety incidents. A 2015 poll showed that 86% of college students regularly use a smartphone, up slightly from 83% in 2014.
- National Crime Victims' Rights Week: April 10-16, 2016 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW). This important observance creates an opportunity for communities to learn ways for improving victim assistance. The theme for NCVRW 2016 - Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope - "underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery."
- How Do Foreign Terrorist Attacks Impact Campus Event Planning?: It's been just over two weeks since the terror attacks at the Brussels Airport claimed 32 lives and left more than 300 people injured. Concerns about additional terror attacks are not isolated to Western Europe. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is just one of many federal departments that continues to monitor the global threat level and current ISIS trends and capabilities.