Speaker: Daniela Ligiero, PhD, Executive Director & CEO of Together for Girls
An exciting presentation on collaborative and innovative approaches to child sexual abuse prevention globally. During this session, Dr. Daniela Ligiero, Executive Director & CEO of Together for Girls, draws on global lessons learned for implementing evidence based practices for prevention, justice, and healing to identify opportunities for here in the United States.
Featuring Melissa Merrick, PhD, President and CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America, Liz Linehan, Connecticut State Representative, Krystal Rich, Director, CT Children’s Alliance, Sarah Eagan, CT Office of the Child Advocate, Beth Hamilton, Executive Director, Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence.
Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.
Through opportunities for writing, reflection, and discussion, participants
explore how Black queer and trans people have used the written word as resistance against systems of violence and criminalization; and engage with intergenerational Black feminist texts to imagine what repair, equity, and safety will look like.
This workshop was sponsored by the Queer Caucus Against Sexual Assault (QCASA).
An engaging discussion on creating a culture of consent starting with very young people, and how this can inspire social change and a new way of framing values, relationships, and sexuality. Hear from Tracy Wright who leads North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Young Advocates Institute, a weekend-long social justice summer camp that houses and trains 200 teens, ages 13-17.
learn more about the LGBTQ spectrum, issues that disproportionately impact LGBTQ folks, how to be an effective ally, and available resources. This training is sponsored by the Alliance’s Queer Caucus to End Sexual Assault.
This 2-part training hosted by the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence looks at the strengths and gaps in effective sexual assault response and recovery. Jo Johnson, a social worker for over 40 years, completed a three-year fellowship at the Office for Victims of Crime gathering information on what exists, and what is needed to improve our response to sexual assault.
The second session of this workshop presented by Jo Johnson will focus on two areas: new information on offenders and patterns of offending and data banks and data sources. Information in each of these areas is expanding like never before.
In her OVC fellowship, Johnson was able to sit in on the roll-out of national initiatives like the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, the national update of the military response, the development of the Victim Service Provider Survey and many other federal-level projects. How might this improve local and state sexual assault response and how might it undermine our efforts to reduce sexual violence?
Event program available here.
This half-day conference includes speakers, panelists, and group discussion as we explore best practices in providing support to survivors of sexual violence on college and university campuses in our state in light of the recently released, revised Title IX regulations.
Viewers will have the opportunity to learn what prevention and response efforts have been successful on other campuses, hear from policymakers about the role of state law, and explore available community-based resources.
Culture change and public policy go hand in hand. Our cultural understanding of sexual assault has grown exponentially in light of the #MeToo movement, but Connecticut’s laws have not kept pace. Survivors of sexual assault who seek criminal justice should not be denied because of antiquated laws based on resistance, not consent.
State Representative Jillian Gilchrest and the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence welcome Erin Murphy to Connecticut for a Discussion on Consent & Connecticut Law.