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Sexual Assault awareness seminar scheduled this week

| April 14, 2010 9:00 PM

COEUR d'ALENE - The Human Rights Education Institute will recognize April's designation as Sexual Assault Awareness Month by hosting a two-day seminar, "Think Local, Act Global."

The event begins at 6 p.m. Thursday when Coeur d'Alene author Cheri Calvert will read from and sign copies of her book, "The Garden Song: A True Story of Rape."

Calvert's reading will be followed by a panel discussion about sexual assault in the region. Panelists will include representatives from local agencies including Court Appointed Special Advocates, the Women's Center and the police department.

The seminar continues Friday at 5 p.m. with two workshops and a presentation by a representative from Transitions Global, an Ohio-based nonprofit charity dedicated to assisting survivors of sex trafficking.

The first hour-long session is a "Recognition" training workshop for law enforcement, teachers, and the general public. This workshop will equip attendees to better be prepared to recognize when trafficking or assault are happening.

Immediately following is an "After Care" workshop, which organizers say is particularly relevant to those working in rehabilitation or with survivors. It begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the general public. The workshop aims to equip concerned citizens to become better allies to friends, family, and others.

Seth Johnson, a representative of Transitions Global will present the keynote event, "Human Trafficking: Be the Solution," from 7 to 8 p.m.

The entire seminar takes place at the Human Rights Education Institute, 414 1/2 Mullan Avenue, Coeur d'Alene. It is open to the public with a suggested optional $5 donation.

Information: 292-2359 or www.hrei.org

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