Session 1:  What Is The Issue?

Establishing a clearer understanding  of sexual assault and consent

Campus Sexual Assault: Policy and Politics

Lauren Marshall, Senator Warner's Office

Lauren Marshall, Legislative Assistant for US Senator Mark Warner, will highlight how the issue of campus sexual assault has been discussed on Capitol Hill, including recent policy changes from the Administration and bipartisan legislative approachessuch as the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. She will engage in an open discussion about how these non-partisan issues are addressed within our political system, especially given the current political landscape.

From Headlines to Hard Work: Making Real Progress on Preventing Sexual Assault

Jen Klein, Time's Up

Over the past year, we’ve seen a steady stream of headlines exposing sexual assault and harassment by powerful, influential men. Does this moment represent a turning point in American culture? This session will explore how we can turn attention into action to shift attitudes and prevent sexual assault and harassment in schools, workplaces and communities.

Title IX and Know Your Rights 101

Ever Hanna, End Rape On Campus

EROC will trace the major changes in Title IX and explain what student rights look like now. We will also explore how students’ rights have changed over the last decade.

Neurobiology of Trauma

Tammi Hogan and Alyza Weinburg, DC Rape Crisis Center (DCRCC)

Trauma impacts an individual’s social, emotional and physical self. How the brain processes plays a vital role in the aftermath of trauma. The human body can react to sexual violence in ways that seems contradictory. Learning about the effect of trauma on the brain can provide a deeper understanding of traumatic responses to sexual violence. Participants will gain an understanding of how trauma impacts the brain and central nervous system. Participants will gain a contextual understanding of responses to sexual trauma.

Healthy Relationships

Joshua Searle-White, Health Educator, Allegheny College

Shayna Morrsion, Health Educator, Women's Services, Inc.

(STUDENT-ONLY Workshop) Using a variety of theatre techniques and storytelling, students will unpack the complex world of intimate partner relationships. Moving beyond the legal definition of consent, this workshop encourages students to reflect deeply on their own relationships and sexuality and begin to define their own scope of consent.

Sex, Media, and Adolescents: What’s the Connection?

Gaby Grebski, Georgetown Day School and New York University

There are many factors that contribute to a culture that excuses and even promotes violence, particularly sexual violence, against women as well as men. The media plays a role in establishing cultural values, norms, and expectations but, it’s complicated. It’s easy to blame the media for its sexually-objectifying portrayal and treatment of women but it does just as much harm to men in its depiction of what it means to be a “real man”. Through various mediums, Gaby will facilitate a discussion of the role the media plays in perpetuating sexual violence through advertising, music, TV, and film and what we really mean when we say, “sex sells.”

Understanding Consent and Healthy Relationships & Preventing Sexual and Dating Violence

Kiersten Stewart, Futures Without Violence

This interactive session will include information and videos to help teams understand the basics of sexual and dating violence and affirmative consent. Healthy relationship skills will also be discussed, as will tips on how to help a friends who may have been a victim.

Survivor Rights as Civil Rights

Ari Wilkenfeld, Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson

Ari Wilkenfeld is a civil rights attorney who has built his career by fighting for equality and social justice. He has helped raise awareness around issues of sexual assault and misconduct by representing survivors in a number of high profile cases including Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw. During this session, participants will have the unique opportunity to hear from Mr. Wilkenfeld as he leads a compelling discussion about the rights of survivors through a civil rights lens. I what ways are victims of sexual violence or assault similar to other “minorities” and in what ways are they fundamentally different.

The True, Non-TV Experience, of a Sex Offense Prosecutor, Sex Offense Victim Advocate, and Sex Offense Investigation and Prosecution

Juanita Harris, Sharon Kurn, Ryan Creighton, The US Attorney's Office

Sharon Marcus-Kurn, a Deputy Chief of the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section of the D.C. United States Attorney's Office, and Juanita Harris, an experienced sex offense victim advocate, will walk the workshop participants through the steps of a criminal sexual assault investigation and prosecution from the original report of sexual assault through the resolution of the case. Ryan is a felony 1 sex offense prosecutor and was assigned to the case that will be discussed. They will discuss how law enforcement learns about allegations of sexual assault, what steps the government team takes to investigate an allegation, how charging decisions are reached, the difficulties they can encounter obtaining the requisite proof to bring charges, what charges are available under D.C. and federal law, what steps are taken to make the victim feel heard, safe, and supported, what happens during a criminal trial, what things can contribute to a successful (or unsuccessful) prosecution, and the role of law enforcement and the prosecutor and advocate throughout this process. Ms. Marcus-Kurn and Ms. Harris will provide publically-available information to facilitate a discussion on real case examples so the participants will have a deeper and more realistic understanding of what actually occurs in a local sex offense prosecutor's office and law enforcement unit and how that experience is dramatically different than what is portrayed on TV.

Youth Survivorship, Consent Violations, and Our Public Discourse

Amanda Lindamood, Advocate and Activist

(STUDENT-ONLY Workshop) This workshop is intentionally offered as a closed space for students to reflect on how they are experiencing and analyzing our current framing of sexual violence in light of the confirmation and continued sexual misconduct allegations against Justice Kavanaugh. During this session, participants will have the unique opportunity to sit down in a small group with Amanda Lindamood, a survivor, advocate, and activist. Ms. Lindamood will facilitate a conversation about sexual assault, particularly in the context of the current political climate, from a youth survivor perspective. This interactive session will take direction based on student questions and interests. Adult participants in today's summit are asked to respect this as a designated space for youth to separately interact on a peer level, focusing on elements of survivorship and current events that effect youth uniquely.

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Behavior

Cole Reifsnider and Caroline Seats, One Love

Identifying Learn to recognize and address the 10 signs of a healthy relationship and the 10 signs of an unhealthy relationship in yourself and others! Through One Love’s signature video content, you’ll learn how to talk to others about spotting abuse and cultivating relationship health every day.

It’s Not Love®: Understanding & Recognizing the Warning Signs of Teen Dating Abuse

Jordan Babin, Elizabeth Belanger, Amanda Katz, and Tova Zimm, JCADA

According to national data, one in three adolescents is a victim of dating abuse. However, only one-third of teens who experience dating abuse tell someone. In this session, through an interactive presentation, participants will learn about the different types of dating abuse, warning signs of unhealthy relationships, and resources to help themselves or a friend.

The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sexual Violence: An Exploration of Stereotypes, Norms, and Expectations
Tahir Duckett, ReThink

ReThink engages in primary prevention of sexual assault by working with young men and boys to break down the cultural norms that underpin sexual violence. In this session, participants will discuss how gender stereotypes, peer norms, and cultural expectations set the foundation for this issue.

Fight, Flight, or Freeze: Sexual Assault and the Brain

Bobby Asher, Georgetown Day School

In this workshop, participants will explore the neuroscience of trauma and its impact on the brain. Participants will explore the circuitry of fear, emotional processing, and issues of memory consolidation.

An Inside Look at the #MeToo Movement

Katherine Kendall, Weinstein survivor 

Katherine Kendall is an actress, artist, and silence-breaker. She told her story about how Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her to Jodi Kantor of the New York Times in early October of 2017. The story broke on October 10, 2017. There were 7 women in the original story. A few women had spoken about him to the New York Times a week prior. No one knew a #MeToo movement was waiting on the other side of publication. They were unsure if anyone would really care, and found themselves in the middle of a tsunami. In the past, lawyers had failed survivors like Katherine. Bosses had failed them and the people they worked for had failed them, too. It felt like no matter how hard they tried, there wasn’t much anyone could do when they were up against powerful people who wanted to silence survivors. For Katherine and the other survivors, these journalists were their absolute saviors. Through #MeToo, this group of women has connected to other survivors, realizing they have not been alone. We are all still searching for safer ways to report, safer work environments, how to prevent, and how to heal. In this session, Katherine will talk about how the media played a role in her own story. The way the culture was and the way it looks now. What it is was like to be part of such a huge news story, and how powerful it is to not keep "the secret” anymore.

Why Sexual Violence Is Also a Men's Issue

Joe Samalin

Using an interactive discussion and activity participants will discuss the wide range of behaviors and language that make up sexual violence. We will discuss the ways ion which we all play a role in either promoting or preventing violence, and will reach a better understanding of how to concretely challenge it.

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