ATSA Forum - Vol. XXXI, Issue 4
Fall 2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
 Editor's column
 Presidentís message
 International Committee update
 What's happening in Italy?
 Registration and disclosure: Lessons learned or same old song and dance?
 International members survey 2018 part 1: Practitioner knowledge, training and experience
 International members survey 2018 part 2: Practitioners attitudes to and understandings of community integration
 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Exploring a new avenue for sex offender treatment
 Incel inside: Understanding involuntary celibates through dating app experiences
 International Perspectives on the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders
 Learning Difficulties and Sexual Vulnerability: A Social Approach
 ATSA Board of Directors election results
 Journal updates for membership
 Forum Newsletter Editorial Board
 New Membership Coordinator message
 Welcome ATSA's newest members

New Membership Coordinator message

Tegan L. Waring


I would like to introduce myself as the new Membership Coordinator of ATSA.

I am thrilled to join an organization that’s composed of professionals working, leading, and driving sexual abuse prevention through the lens of perpetration prevention and treatment. As we begin this next chapter together, I want to share some about my background, as well as what inspires and motivates me.

Who am I?

I grew up in Portland, OR, where I was inspired to work for social change through my mother’s involvement in the disability rights movement. Finding my own passion for sexual abuse prevention through community engagement, I moved to Northampton, Massachusetts to study what I call, gender, law and policy at Smith College. I’ve since worked with nonprofit agencies, county departments, and federal offices in the name of a safer society. Many who know me say I am defined by my curiosity, creativity, and enthusiasm. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I enjoy collecting vintage textiles. I dream of the perfect pet parrot. I believe if you are not trying or learning new things, you may stop doing great and useful things. So, curiosity, engagement, and creative enthusiasm all define me.

Why am I here?

I believe ATSA and its members have an unparalleled capability to make society safer. I believe that ATSA membership and its development is a form of activism and supports a community-centric approach to sexual abuse prevention. I look forward to coordinating with ATSA’s Members, Chapters, associated Committees, and all who make ATSA what it is today, as well as tomorrow.

As Membership Coordinator, my goal is that each of you find meaning in and receive genuine benefit from your membership. I want your membership to be an experience rather than a mere investment. I commit to communicating openly and transparently with you and I’d like to encourage the same in return. I want to hear your thoughts and ideas, including what we could do differently or better.

Looking ahead, I hope to meet many of you at ATSA’s 38th annual conference in November—it is always an honor to put a name to a face! I otherwise invite you to send any questions, comments, or salutations my way at or (503) 643-1023.   

I am very much looking forward to this next chapter. Thank you!


Tegan L. Waring