In case you missed JOINING FORCES…

Prevent Child Abuse Utah’s 25th Annual JOINING FORCES Conference has concluded. Thank you to all of our employees, volunteers, and presenters for all of their time and hard work to make it a successful year. A big thank you to our attendees as well! JOINING FORCES could not exist without you.

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In case you missed it, here are a few highlights:

We kicked off the conference with keynote speaker Dan Powers on Monday, November 12. Read an article from Ogden’s Standard Examiner here.


“Powers said social workers, law enforcement, attorneys and medical staff need to remember they are part of a team. They can lean on each other when they need a break. He also gave suggestions, including to laugh often, socialize with those who have different careers, and to build a “bridge between your spirituality and work.””


Tuesday morning’s keynote was Cordelia Anderson whose presentation was titled “Dr. Seuss to Pornography.” “Yesterday’s porn is today’s mainstream media because the norms have changed,” she says.

The Standard Examiner also published an article on Wednesday’s case study panel on the tragic death of Shelby Andrews at the hands of her father and stepmother in 2006. Click here to view.

That article as well as one from the Salt Lake Tribune features our closing luncheon with Desirae and Deondra Brown of The 5 Browns. The Tribune’s article can be read here.

They have co-founded the Foundation for Survivors of Abuse. One of their main goals is to remove the statute of limitations for crimes of sexual abuse. To read more about their foundation and donate to the cause visit,

The luncheon with Desirae and Deondra Brown was also featured on FOX 13 News. Click the link to view the clip.

Thanks again!


SAVE THE DATE for the 26th Annual JOINING FORCES Conference on Child Abuse and Family Violence – November 12-14, 2013 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah.



JOINING FORCES Post-Conference Luncheon: Desirae and Deondra Brown

This year’s Joining Forces Conference will conclude with a post-conference luncheon with a speech given by Desirae and Deondra Brown of the 5 Browns titled, “From Victim to Survivor: Moving From Pain to Healing and Empowerment.”

        Picture of Desirae Brown — "Browns in Blue" promo (2007)

In their address, sisters Desirae and Deondra Brown, best-selling classical recording artists and co-founders of the Foundation for Survivors of Abuse, will explore the process of healing and empowerment for survivors of sexual abuse. Many survivors assume that the ability to transcend the isolation and pain of abuse to find healing and empowerment
is something natural or innate to a few strong souls—and beyond the reach of everyone
else, including them. The hopeful reality is that the healing journey is difficult for all survivors, but impossible for none. Desi and Deondra will also draw upon their own
experience and those of others survivors to describe what they wished they had known
earlier, and what they have learned so far in their healing process.

Read more about their foundation at

Reserve YOUR seat at the post-conference luncheon for just $25 for conference attendees or $40 for non-conference attendees. Click here to register for the Joining Forces Conference; for luncheon-only reservations contact Mike Floor at 1-800-CHILDREN.