About the Symposium

This Symposium 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.

Day I

Concurrent breakout groups: Tracks will be designed for youth, parents, educators, law enforcement and multidisciplinary professionals. Content of the sessions will focus on Dating Violence 101 and Sexual Assault 101 to kick off the event; giving participants a clearer understanding of the issues to be delved deeper into on Day II.

Ending the day will be an Evening Performance by Larissa Marten. Ms. Marten will perform. I Killed the Cow, a solo, multimedia theatre piece created in response to a need for more dialogue concerning female sexuality. The one-woman show inspires discourse and reflection, through the use of humor and physical storytelling to further understand assault, with the ultimate goal of changing organizational culture.

The evening will end with a “Meet and Greet” reception with Larissa Marten and Jackson Katz.

Day II

Keynote: Internationally renowned Dr. Jackson Katz, an educator, author, and social theorist known for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race and violence. He is a major leader in the growing global movement of men working to promote gender equality and prevent gender violence. Check out Dr. Katz's TED Talk video.

Concurrent breakout groups: Tracks will be designed for youth, parents, educators, law enforcement and multidisciplinary professionals. Content of the sessions will potentially cover dating and cyber abuse, gang violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, how to respond and disclose as a victim, medical and legal rights of confidentiality and disclosure, and prevention strategies.

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