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Freedom from Sexual Violence

Event: Facilitating Support Groups for Incarcerated Survivors


We will cover the dynamics of federal, state, and local correctional operations, and discuss the various standards surrounding survivors’ rights and community advocacy partnerships as well as how to help facilities implement and meet those standards.  Additionally, we will cover initial contact and development of relationships between community advocacy groups and correctional facilities, up to and including the drafting and signing of an official MOU. We will also explain the steps taken to implement the group, why this type of group was used and the topics covered, and establishing boundaries and trust with survivors.

Presented by Cassie Hurley, Victim Advocate and Outreach Coordinator, and Sean Grogan, Larimer and Weld County Advocate, from Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Center.

Cassie received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Montana, and completed her Master’s in Social Work at Colorado State University. Before beginning as the Weld County Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator for SAVA, she was an advocate at a Domestic Violence Homeless Shelter in Montana. She recently ran SAVA’s first Women’s Trauma Education and Wellness Class at the Larimer County Jail. Cassie is passionate about reaching survivors who face more barriers in receiving community services.

Sean Grogan is an advocate for the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center in Northern Colorado.  He works primarily out of the Weld County office located in Greeley, Colorado.  Prior to becoming an advocate, Sean was the Master Field Training Officer and PREA Coordinator for the Division of Criminal Justice Services in Larimer County, Colorado from 2010-2018.  Sean began his career in corrections services in 1999 with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office as an Alternative Sentencing Program Specialist. Sean Specializes in services and programming for incarcerated survivors and other justice-involved survivors navigating any aspect of the criminal justice arena.

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