The work began in 1983 in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada with the
establishment of the Service for Sexual Assault Victims by Professor
Renner's community psychology class at Dalhousie University. The
focus shifted to the legal aspects of sexual assault in 1993 when he
become a Research Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON,
Canada. Over this period of time, he and his graduate students made
numerous scholarly contributions to the field. In September of 1998
they launched an effort in Canada to press for reforms in the
criminal justice process. When Professor Renner retired to the
United States, his efforts have been directed on developing a social
action program in both countries to simultaneously press for reforms
in the legal process. He continues to hold an Adjunct Research
Professorship at Carleton University in Canada, as well as a similar
academic appointment at the University of South Florida.
Development in the United States
In June of 2002, the Society for the
Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) awarded Dr. Renner a
Sage Grant to establish a US web site for the National Action Plans
Against Sexual Assault (NAPASA) based on the applied materials
developed through the basic research program conducted in Canada.
In October of 2004, Carleton University in Canada and EVAW
International in the United States were awarded a simultaneous
grants by the Canadian Donner Foundation and by the W. H. Donner
Foundation of New York to train eight participant-communities in
each country in the NAPASA strategy to more effectively prosecute
sex offenders. The two national "Make a Difference" conferences will
be held on October 12-15, 2004 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and on
October 26-29, 2004 in San Diego, California. For more information
go to the
"Making a Difference"
section of this website.