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October 20, 2018
contact: Chris Morin
508.771.6507 x230 

Sponsored by

Dennis-Yarmouth Regional
High School

210 Station Ave
South Yarmouth, MA
Cost to attend: FREE

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#SoMuchAbuse: Let’s End it Together is a one-day Prevention Conference held on Cape Cod.

Hosted by Independence House, and sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, the 2018 conference is intended to bring together town and community leaders, human service providers, business owners, first responders, medical professionals, parents, coaches, high school students and concerned and caring citizens who are inspired to learn how we all can prevent abuse in our community on Cape Cod.

The conference offers two Keynote Speakers and a variety of breakout session workshops, all presented by professionals in our community, and all with related topics that connect to domestic and sexual violence.  

You will explore the roots of abuse and the afternoon town meeting sessions will provide next steps on how we, as community members, can begin to break the cycle of violence. 

The tools and resources you take away from this conference will challenge, motivate and energize each of us to be brave, bold, and brilliant. Together, We Can End Abuse.  The conference is FREE- REGISTER NOW!


Jetta Bernier, M.A.

Jetta Bernier, M.A.

Executive Director, The Enough Abuse Campaign

Jetta Bernier directs MassKids, the nation’s oldest statewide private child advocacy organization (1959) and the Massachusetts Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. Jetta co-developed “Enough Abuse,” a citizen education and community mobilization effort to prevent sexual abuse. Developed through a 5-year grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which lauded the effort “trailblazing,” the initiative has been adopted in several states.

Jetta is the developer of many highly regarded prevention tools, including: “Enough!” a one-hour, interactive, evidence-informed training designed for school personnel; “Sexual Abuse Safe Child Standards” a policy guide for schools and youth organization; and a series of “Prevention Guides for Parents”.

Jetta co-chairs the Policy Committee of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse.  She serves on the National Task Force on Educator Sexual Misconduct which in February released its recommendations for the country’s 1,500 independent private schools. Jetta trains trainers and provides consultation to schools and youth organization around prevention policies.

Duane de Four

Duane de Four

Founder and Sole Proprietor, DD4 Consulting

Duane de Four is an educator, media critic and activist with more than twenty years of experience developing strategic initiatives, policies, and curricula as well as facilitating discussions focused on issues ranging from sexual and dating violence prevention, masculinity, privilege, power and accountability to sexual health.  Duane has done this work in a wide variety of settings, including; the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and NASCAR, all branches of the U.S. Military, colleges and universities across the United States, high schools, middle schools, non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the US and in Nairobi, Kenya, and youth detention centers. He has also provided expert witness testimony in legislative hearings and domestic violence related cases.

For eight years between 2010-May 2018, Duane was the Violence Prevention and Response Sr. Specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he solicited, developed and facilitated healthy relationship, sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence and stalking awareness and prevention trainings.  In 2011, Duane was one of six Subject Matter Experts selected to train Air Force Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs) to deliver a groundbreaking bystander intervention curriculum that reached over 600,000 Air Force personnel serving around the world. In 2018, as a co-chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence’s Prevention Education Workgroup, Duane led the development of a series of guidelines for administrators focused on preventing sexual and dating violence in educational settings from pre-kindergarten through college.

Breakout Sessions

Men and Masculinity

Duane de Four

Changing Social Norms

Chris Morin, Independence House Director of Prevention, Education and Outreach

Addiction and Abuse

Shaun Cahill, Youth Officer, Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department

Suicide and Abuse

Speaker: Stephanie Kelly, Executive Director The Samaritans of Cape Cod and the Islands

Vulnerable Populations and Abuse

Attorney, Collin Mickle, Coordinator of the Immigration Resource Center in Hyannis;
Cathy Taylor, Director of Services, Cape Organization for the RIghts of the Disabled (CORD);
(Additional speaker TBA)

Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Jetta Bernier

Teen Dating Violence

Facilitator: Amanda Sample, teen counselor, Independence House

Elder Abuse

Brenda Vasquez, M.A., Director of the Council on Aging and Dennis Senior Center

How to Engage Community

Diana Mancera, Jane Doe, Inc. Director of Membership and Programs

Active Bystander Intervention

Katie Babbin Trained Bystander Interventionist from Boston College and Assistant to State Representative, Randy Hunt;
Megan O’Neil Trained Bystander Interventionist from Boston College.

Conference Agenda

8:00-8:45am Registration, Light Breakfast, Visit Vendor Resource Tables
8:45-9:15am Welcome
9:15-10:00am First Plenary / Keynote (Jetta Bernier, Enough Abuse)
10:00-10:10am Survivor Speaker
10:15-11:15am Breakout Session Workshops
11:30am-12:15pm Lunch, Visit Vendor Resource Tables
12:30-12:40pm Survivor Speaker
12:45-1:30pm Second Plenary / Keynote (Duane de Four, Men and Masculinity)
1:30-1:45pm Break, Visit Vendor Resource Tables
1:50-2:50pm Town Meetings
3:00-3:15pm Wrap up


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