4th Annual “Activists Speak” to Discuss Gender Violence
Activists Speak is an annual event sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement. This year, with supportive funding from the Verizon Foundation, the event will focus on issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault. We welcome all members of the campus community.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
lunch will be provided,
RSVPs appreciated - firstname.lastname@example.org
11:10-11:50 Concurrent presentations
“Dude, That’s So Gay”
Tim Love and Morgan Curtis, TAASA (Texas Association Against Sexual Assault)
In light of the recent rash of suicides in high schools across the county, what many of us have always known has become obvious to everyone – homophobia is a serious problem that contributes to violence. This workshop will explore key terminology related to homophobia, explore the continuum of homophobic actions and policies and make the connection between homophobia and violence – violence that puts everyone in our communities at risk. In addition, we will examine ways we can all interrupt homophobia in our day-to-day lives.
“Experiencing Primary Prevention”
Britt Cox and Amrit Khalsa, Hope Alliance
Violence against women is a societal epidemic that cannot be eradicated by awareness and risk reduction alone, it must be treated at the root where attitudes, behaviors and norms perpetuate violence. This approach is known as primary prevention. In this workshop we will explore the strategies and experience activities being used by a community-based initiative that is being implemented in Williamson County to stop sexual violence before it occurs and to build a healthy and safe community for youth.
11:55-12:35 Concurrent presentations
“The Dynamics of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault”
Marlon Bailey, SafePlace
This presentation, tailored specifically for college students, includes what domestic violence and sexual assault are, the prevalence of these kinds of abuse, myths about these issues, and barriers to leaving an abusive situation, all in relation to the academic environment.
“Reaching Out to Boys & Men to End Gender Violence”
Joe Carr, Men Rally for Change
Our culture faces an epidemic of interpersonal violence, much of it perpetrated on and by young males. We systematically raise boys to be aggressive and emotionally repressed while traumatizing them with images and acts of violence, rarely modeling healthy forms of expression or respectful relationships. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss how to meet boys and men where they’re at, and engage them as equal partners in the struggle against interpersonal violence. We’ll share stories, ideas, and tools about how we can work together towards a violence-free world.
12:35-1pm Q&A (whole group)