The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources

 

WEBINAR

Being Heard:
Police Response and Support for Older Victims of Sexual Assault

 

WHEN
Thursday, November 21, 2019
10 AM Pacific time / 1 PM Eastern Time

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SUMMARY
When sexual assaults happen to older adults, seniors can experience barriers in disclosing and working with Police. Join Laura Proctor (Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario) to learn about these barriers, prevalence, and risk factors; along with Detective Staff Sergeant Tracey Bednarczyk and Detective Inspector Karen Arney (Ontario Provincial Police) to learn about police response and support for seniors, victim response support strategy, and what happens during an investigation.

Who is this webinar for?
This webinar is geared towards both law enforcement and service providers across Canada. The goal is

  • to help better understand current trends and prevalence of sexual violence against older adults
  • to share the Police process
  • to learn about recent changes in how Police investigate crimes affecting the most vulnerable


PRESENTERS

lauraproctor eapo sept2019Laura Proctor is currently the Central East, Regional Elder Abuse Consultant for Elder Abuse Ontario.
Laura has worked in the field of elder abuse/Victim Services for over 15 years. In her current position, she provides front-line training and public education, collaborates with local, provincial and national stakeholders to enhance the response to elder abuse. Laura consults with seniors, families, and agencies on elder abuse cases. Laura previously worked for Victim Services and was a member of the Edmonton Elder Abuse Intervention Team, providing direct intervention and supports to victims of Elder Abuse in collaboration with Edmonton Police Services. 
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Seniors Safety Line: 1-866-299-1011

 

bednarczyk t s.sgt oct2019Detective Staff Sergeant Tracey Bednarczyk has been 18 years with the Ontario Provincial Police, and is currently Central Region lead for the Victim Response Support Unit, working to add value to sexual assault investigations through oversight, victim support, and working with community agencies who support victims/survivors of sexual assault. Contact Sergeant Bednarczyk by email or 705-330-3721 Ext. 2721

 

 

arney k insp ghq oct2019Detective Inspector Karen Arney has been a member of the Ontario Provincial Police since 1992 and is currently the manager of the O.P.P. Victim Response Support Unit. This unit provides support and expertise for sexual assault investigations throughout the province. She has held positions in sexual assault/abuse issues/ crime units and was a member of the Major Investigation Support team along with various other investigative units throughout her career. In 2007, she was trained and certified as a Criminal Profiler. She then became the Manager of the Criminal Behaviour Analysis Unit until she was promoted to Inspector in 2016.

 

WEBINAR

“In the News Today”

What news media coverage of aggression in older adults can teach us about how we think about aging, dementia, and aging populations.


Thursday, October 17, 2019
10 AM Pacific time / 1 PM Eastern Time

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SUMMARY
Some older adults with cognitive impairment can respond to circumstances in ways that have been labelled responsive or reactive; care partners and workers who struggle with the effects of these actions can experience them as aggressive or violent. In this presentation, Dr. Funk and Dr. Herron present findings from their study of how mainstream Canadian news media frames the issue of aggression in older adults. They will identify the tension between the goal of drawing attention to the seriousness of the problem and to the needs of unpaid and paid caregivers and workers, and avoiding contributing to fears and stigma related to aging, dementia, and aging populations.

Through discussion, attendees will also be encouraged contemplate how they themselves write, talk about, and understand aggression in older adults, to reflect on broader implications, and to consider practical reframing strategies.

This webinar will be of interest to audiences who communicate or teach about aggression in older adults, and both professional and family care providers who have experience dealing with this issue in their work.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

laurafunk sept2019Laura M. Funk – Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of Manitoba
Dr. Funk advances social and critical gerontology through examining how older adults, and both paid and unpaid carers, make sense of experiences, preserve valued identities, and negotiate normative ideals and emotions.
She is recognized for exploring how these processes engage broader discourses surrounding age, care and responsibility. Funk has held numerous Tri-Council and other national grants, and contributed to international research collaborations, frequently engaging policy-makers and care practitioners. In 2012 she led the Manitoba Caregiver uofm logoConsultations, and later this month will receive a recognition award for excellence in research on unpaid caregiving, from the Canadian Association on Gerontology. She can be contacted at  and is on Twitter @LauraFunkUoM

 
 

herron close up 2017Dr. Rachel Herron is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Brandon University and a Canada Research Chair in Rural and Remote Mental Health. Her current research examines the vulnerability and complexity of care relationships, social inclusion and meaningful engagement for people living with dementia, and the diversity of lived experiences of rural mental health. Dr. Herron is the founding Director of the Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health where she works with other researchers, professionals, students and community partners to develop community-based solutions to rural mental health needs. Ultimately, Dr. Herron’s work seeks to create more supportive environments for aging, mental health, and caregiving. Contact: 

The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources

 
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The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources

 

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When
Friday, May 25,
10:00​ -11:30 AM Pacific Time


Summary

Linda Reimer  (RN, BScN, SANE-A) and Raeann Rideout (Elder Abuse Ontario) will discuss the importance of connecting the sectors of health and justice when responding to the sexual assault of older adults. After a brief overview of the available data regarding the prevalence of this issue in Canada, and explaining why a collaboration between both sectors is crucial, the presenters will 

  • focus on the health care perspective and the role of Forensic Nurses in responding to situations of  sexual assault of older adults.
  • provide practical tools and resources for healthcare providers and senior service providers.

The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources

 

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When

Thursday April 19th, 2018

10 AM to 11 AM Pacific Time

Summary
Sexual assault has the lowest conviction rate of any violent crime in Canada.  The recent critical examination of the criminal trial process for sexual assault has tended to focus on younger women victims. However, sexual assault can and does occur at all stages of women’s lives. Prof. Grant and Benedet's work looks at sexual assault against older women with a view to identifying the barriers to effective prosecutions of sexual assault for this group of women. This is part of a larger study examining whether those barriers shift at different stages of the lifespan of complainants.  They set out to compare what we know about sexual assault against older women from the social science literature to the picture painted by 20 years of case law in Canada.

In this webinar Professors Grant and Benedet will begin by providing a brief overview to the law of sexual assault in Canada and an explanation of how the application of those laws raises unique challenges for complainants who are older women. They will briefly review the social science literature and what it tells us about particular ways in which older women are vulnerable to sexual violence. This will be followed by a discussion of what they found in their case law study and how the picture of sexual assault against older women painted by cases that are actually making it to trial is very different from what social scientists are telling us about the actual incidence of sexual violence against older women.  Finally, they will offer tentative explanations for this discrepancy and describe areas for much-needed future research in Canada.

This presentation will be followed by a brief Q & A