Featuring Keynote Jackson Katz, gender violence prevention educator & performance by Larissa Marten, performance artist and survivor

Here's the Landscape:

One in three young people will experience dating abuse; almost half of college females and one-third of college males report either experiencing abuse or controlling behaviors from a dating partner. Over half of all adults physically or sexually abused or stalked by a dating partner first experienced abuse before the age of 24. A CDC report found that among adult victims of sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, about 26% of females and nearly 15% of males first experienced some form of violence before age 18.

In a recent study of U.S. parents, only 55% of those surveyed had discussed dating abuse with their children in the past year although they were more likely to discuss eight other topics including sex and drugs.

Universally, studies indicate that adolescent girls are more likely than boys to be seriously injured or suffer sexual abuse as a result of dating violence. With results overwhelmingly demonstrating the negative impact of dating abuse, there is an urgent need to increase awareness, prevention education and to work on a cultural shift in acceptable young male attitudes and behaviors.

Join us for this 2-day event designed with unique aspects for engagement and solid learning objectives!

Concurrent breakout sessions will explore understanding of the mental and physical impact and prevalence of dating violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, warning signs, how to respond and disclose as a victim or bystander, and prevention strategies.

Speakers include presenters from: Boulder County District Attorney’s office; Break the Cycle; Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA); Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking; Office of Victim Assistance (CU Boulder); Project Pave; Violence Free Colorado; and more!

Join us Monday evening at 6pm for a Performance by Larissa Marten. Ms. Marten will be performing her one-woman show I Killed the Cow; using humor and metaphor to start a conversation and further understanding about sexual assault.

Keynote, Jackson Katz is an educator, author, and social theorist who is internationally renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race and violence. He has long been a major figure and thought leader in the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence.

Check back frequently for more details about workshops and presenters!


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