Session 2: Why Is It So Complicated?
Consent and Media
Tammi Hogan and Alyza Weinburg, DC Rape Crisis Center
The media has tremendous influence on cultural and social norms. The way the media portrays consent has drastically changed over the last few years. However, developing a critical consciousness around how consent is portrayed is essential. Participants of the workshop will examine common threads that are displayed in the media and debunk consent myths. Participants will create and engage with a framework about how to analyze the presentation of sex and consent in the media.
Joshua Searle-White, Allegheny College
Shayna Morrsion, Women's Services, Inc.
(EDUCATOR-ONLY Workshop) This workshop uses techniques drawn from the Theatre of the Oppressed to explore the power dynamics that arise in teaching consent and sexuality to high school students. A major emphasis is that teaching rules and principles is not enough; in fact, that might even be counterproductive. Instead, giving students and experience of what it feels like to negotiate consent from both powerful and less-powerful positions can help them develop empathy and give them skills that they will need to create the relationships that make their lives more satisfying.
Get Lit(erate) on Porn
Justine Fonte, The Dalton School
The prevalence and access to pornography has changed how we understand our bodies, behaviors, and beliefs about sex. How do we promote sex-positivity when pornography is the default sex ed for a lot of young people? This session will interrogate its positive and negative impacts through a feminist lens.
I'm Not as Think as You Drunk I Am: Alcohol, Consent, and Sexual Violence
Gaby Grebski, Georgetown Day School and New York University
With more than 50% of reported sexual assaults cases involving alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, survivor, or both, the conversation around the impact of alcohol on teen sex is more important than ever. Join Gaby as she presents a case study that will cover some of the complicated issues of a culture that glorifies drinking while encouraging sexual behavior and what the legal, social, and emotional ramifications can be.
Learning the Language of Consent
Molly Love, McLean School
We often discuss the importance of consent but don't often talk about how those conversations actually advance in an affirmative, active and positive way. Molly Love will lead an interactive session where participants will discuss the importance and language of both giving and getting active consent. The conversation will continue as participants explore the intersection of consent and the continuum of physical intimacy. Participants will walk away with practical, realistic language for communicating with a partner.
Let Her Learn: Using Title IX to End Sexual Harassment and Unfair Dress Codes for Girls of Color
Hannah Sydnor-Greenberg, National Women's Law Center
Girls of color experience school pushout at the intersection of both race and gender. Sexual harassment affects one in five girls ages 14-18, and schools are also more likely to ignore and/or suspend girls of color who report or respond to sexual harassment. Similarly, dress codes often rely on sex- and race-based stereotypes that promote rape culture, and schools are also more likely to enforce them against girls of color. This workshop explains why sexual harassment and unfair dress codes are a form of discrimination, and how federal civil rights laws help ensure that all students, including girls of color, have equal access to education. Join us to learn about your rights at school and updates on Title IX in the Trump-DeVos administration.
Sexual Violence and LGBTQ Young People: Exploring the Problem and Policy Solutions
Jordan Dashow, Capitol Hill
LGBTQ students face higher rates of sexual violence than their non-LGBTQ peers, yet the federal government has rolled back guidance that explicitly explained schools' obligations to LGBTQ survivors. This session will explore the unique challenges LGBTQ survivors face, national data around LGBTQ youth and sexual violence, and the current state of federal policy relating to sexual violence and students. The session will then explore steps that can be taken at both a local and federal level to improve efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence against the LGBTQ community.
Student Advocacy and Culture Change around Consent and Preventing Assault
Kiersten Stewart, Futures Without Violence
This session will help students understand the importance of addressing attitudes and behaviors that contribute to sexual and dating violence, and give students practical skills so they can advocate for change in their school or community. Examples of student-led campaigns will be provided.
Survivor Justice as Social Justice: Hitting the Target and Missing the Mark
Ari Wilkenfeld, Wilkenfeld, Herendeen & Atkinson
For every sexual harassment case you hear about, there are hundreds that you don’t. Victims often prefer to settle their cases out of court to avoid having to go public, to avoid a brutal litigation process, and to achieve some economic compensation for what they have been through. The price is secrecy. The price of secrecy is that the harasser is free to harass again. How do we balance the needs of the individual victim against the needs of all the potential victims to come? 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. He will explore the complexity of fighting for justice for individual survivors while simultaneously trying to move the needle on workplace equality and safety for women.
The DC Sexual Assault Response: Understanding a Survivor’s Path to Supportive Services & Recovery
Christeen Badie and Lindsey Silverburg, DC Forensic Nurse Examiners
Network for Victim Recovery of DC and DC Forensic Nurse Examiners will present information on a Survivor’s path to accessing medical forensic exams and Advocates. Workshop participants will gain an understanding of what happens during medical forensic exams and available ongoing support for Survivors. This is a great session for attendees to look at a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (“Rape Kit”) and interact directly with organizations providing holistic and supportive care to survivors right here in our city.
White Privilege, White Survivors, and Narrative Setting
Amanda Lindamood, Consultant, Blogger, and Activist
For this workshop, I step out of my facilitator voice to talk with you as a writer and blogger, sharing tips I've used to center my racial justice values and framework in how i share my trauma, and how I hold myself accountable as an advocate and facilitator. This topic may be triggering, because it asks us to be very open to candid self reflection, and because it asks us to wrestle with how survivors are marginalized and discussed in our conversations about sexual violence. I will share some of my blogs looking at these subjects, and be open to some questions and answers from individuals looking for guidance on how to approach writing and facilitating on sexual violence within a framework of racial justice explicitly stated.
The Cycle of Abuse and How to Help as a Bystander
Cole Reifsnider and Caroline Seats, One Love
Learn how to spot the ups and downs of the cycle of abuse, and gain the tools to step in when you see it happening to yourself or a friend. Practice opening up an effective conversation on unhealthy relationships and being an approachable, compassionate, and active bystander.
Why Do They Stay? The Cycle of Abuse & Its Impact on Victims
Jordan Babin, Elizabeth Belanger, Amanda Katz, and Tova Zimm, Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA)
Dating abuse, like domestic abuse, is a pattern of behaviors in which one dating partner seeks to maintain power and control over the other dating partner. In this session, through an interactive presentation, participants will learn about the cycle of abuse, how a teen victim of dating abuse might feel, and the impact it might have on their friends and family.
#INeedIX: Our Rights, Our Campus
Sage Carson, Know Your IX
Students and activists are using Title IX to fight gender-based violence and create paths for justice and healing within a civil rights framework, beyond a criminal legal system that often harms (rather than works for) survivors. This workshop will explore the transformative nature of Title IX activism within anti-violence and reproductive justice movements -- and how Title IX rights are under threat. As a group, we’ll explore how and why a civil rights approach to ending violence is necessary and distinct from a criminal legal approach, analyze the current legislative landscape, and envision a civil right to be free from violence.
Strategies for Working With Men and Boys: Male Positive vs. Male Privilege
More and more men and boys are aware of issues relating to gender roles and gender violence. While this is a critical part of challenging sexual and other forms of violence, we must make sure that we are not replicating the same inequities we are trying to change. We will discuss how to help men and boys be accountable when challenging gender-based violence.
Let's Put an End to "Victim Blaming" and Other Dangerous Ideas About Sexual Assault
Debbie Roffman, The Park School of Baltimore
Debbie Roffman is a human sexuality educator based at the Park School in Baltimore, Maryland, who has worked at the cutting edge of her field for four decades. Ms. Roffman will lead an engaging conversation around the causes and dynamics of victim blaming, the risk and protective factors associated with sexual assault, and how individuals can best protect themselves and others.