Session Descriptions

Session Descriptions

Handouts for sessions can be found on the At A Glance page, underneath each session title, as they become available.

Monday, April 22 | 12 Noon
Presenter: Jackie List, Executive Director, Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley

Monday, April 22 | Plenary Session #1 | 1:00 PM
How Do Stereotypical Expectations Impact Power Dynamics in Relationships?
Presenter: Derek McCoy
Let's explore how common binary gender expectations impact our relational outcomes both individually and collectively; and discuss how to support people in living out their truest expressions of self by "curiously" challenging them to reflect upon the impact that stereotypical expectations have in their lives. Let's also consider how "calling people in" to gain clarity and understanding might be a better approach to advocacy than "calling people out" with demands.

Monday, April 22 | Plenary Session #2 | 2:50 PM
Let’s Talk about (Healthy) Sex, Baby: Starting the Conversation
Presenter: Maria Mendez and Agueda Morgan; Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)
Movies, TV shows, music, and other forms of media constantly, even if indirectly, talk about sex and consent in inaccurate ways. As a result, media impacts the way we talk about, understand, and experience sex. In this session, we will talk about how to use pop culture to have difficult conversations about consent, healthy sexual boundaries, and sexual assault. We will also discuss signs of sexual abuse, how to help someone who has experienced sexual assault, and mandated reporting requirements. This session is open to both youth and adults and will provide an opportunity to share and practice having these difficult conversations.

Monday, April 22 | Dinner on Your Own | 4:30 PM

Monday, April 22 6:00 PM
Presentation: I Killed the Cow
by Larissa Marten
One woman sets off to chart the lawless pastures of sexuality. When it feels as if her body is being treated like beef, she travels back to the moments that shaped her to find out why. After cataloging awkward first sexual encounters and rehearsing mortifying phone calls she reaches an impasse - her sexual assault. An event she has long ignored, she realizes she can no longer shy away from what has happened. She must face it head on.

Surviving this quest will take all she’s got - plus a fierce cheetah suit and a little advice from some influential animal guides. Fresh off of a national tour, I Killed the Cow has been listed as a “Top 10 Must See” by the Twin Cities Arts Reader and described as “a riveting solo show that explores sexual assault and more.” “Heartfelt & thought-provoking” - One Girl-Two Cities. Audiences say that “this show reminds us how good solo performance can be.”

It will take more than courage to confront what has happened. This contemporary and timely coming-of-age journey asks: When it feels like you’re being devoured alive, how do you make your body your own?

Reception to follow with Larissa Marten and Dr. Jackson Katz

Tuesday, April 23 | 7:00 AM

Tuesday, April 23 | 8:00 AM
Jackie List, Executive Director, Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley

Keynote: Men and #MeToo: Possibilities and Perils in a Time of Change
Presenter: Dr. Jackson Katz 
Katz will address some of the ways that men have responded to the #MeToo outpouring of women's voices about their experience of harassment, abuse and violence. Among its many contributions, the #MeToo movement has put cultural ideas about "manhood" under critical scrutiny like never before. As one of the world's leading educator-scholars on the topic of engaging men in the prevention of sexual and domestic violence, Katz shares insights and strategies for inviting men into the conversation in constructive and potentially transformative ways.

Tuesday, April 23 | Breakout Sessions #1 | 9:50 AM
Human Trafficking 101
Presenter: Kara Napolitano; Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
This training will explore root causes of the crime of trafficking and the myriad of intersecting identities, vulnerabilities, and social and systemic inequalities that can lead to trafficking in Colorado. It will also help participants understand the behavioral cues of someone who has experienced the complex trauma that human trafficking inflicts on survivors. Understanding root causes and complex trauma is key to recognizing the crime in its many forms. This training will equip participants with the tools they need to identify and effectively provide appropriate and compassionate care for victims and survivors of human trafficking. It will also provide suggested protocols, legal guidance, and local resources so that victims may receive comprehensive services.

Supporting Survivors: How to Respond When Someone Discloses a Traumatic Experience
Presenter: Jessica Ladd-Webert; Office of Victim Assistance (OVA), University of Colorado Boulder
Traumatic experiences happen every day in all communities, none are exempt.  This talk focuses on skills that address how to respond to someone after they disclose a traumatic or life disrupting event. After a traumatic experience, usually friends, mentors, family, and close colleagues are the first to hear about it. How people respond matters and can impact healing and whether the survivor will seek additional support. This talk speaks not only about the impact of traumatic experiences, but gives tips and examples of ways to help. This is also a good session for service providers and anyone who may be told about a traumatic experience, like intimate partner abuse and or sexual assault and abuse.

Blurred Lines: Sex and Violence in Media and Real Life
Presenter: Dr. Jackson Katz
Media culture is the great teaching and social norming force of our time. Therefore, critical media literacy needs to be a key component of comprehensive gender violence prevention education. As one of the pioneering scholar-activists in the area of media literacy education about masculinities and violence, Katz will show clips from his and others' educational documentaries and share ideas about how to integrate basic media literacy training into gender violence prevention work.

Tuesday, April 23 | 11:30 AM
Lunch Keynote: The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at Its Roots Video Screening and Talkback
Presenter: Dr. Jackson Katz
The #MeToo movement has shined much-needed light on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and abuse and created unprecedented demand for gender violence prevention models that actually work. The Bystander Moment tells the story of one of the most prominent and proven of these models -- the innovative bystander approach developed by pioneering activist and writer Jackson Katz and his colleagues. In a riveting analysis illustrated with archival footage and clips from news, sports, and entertainment media, Katz explores the role of bystanders -- especially friends, teammates, classmates, and co-workers—in perpetuating sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of gender violence. Katz also gives special attention to the peer culture dynamics -- in particular the male peer culture dynamics across race and ethnicity -- that help to normalize sexism and misogyny while silencing other men in the face of abuse. Along the way, The Bystander Moment stresses the crucial importance of appealing to people not as potential perpetrators or passive spectators, but as active bystanders and potential leaders who have a positive role to play in challenging and changing the sexist cultural norms that too often lead to gender violence. The result is an indispensable educational tool in the ongoing struggle to prevent sexism and misogyny and promote gender equality.

Tuesday, April 23 | Breakout Sessions #2 | 1:10 PM
Human Trafficking 201
Presenter:Mary Landerholm; Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
The purpose of the 201 session is to give attendees an opportunity to go beyond definition and dive into the crime of human trafficking on a more personal level. Through group activities and conversation, we will explore pushes and pulls from an individual standpoint, and community standpoint, and a societal standpoint. We will begin to explore the power and control dynamics of a human trafficking situation as well as the definition and complications of trauma bonds. It will also give participants tools for working directly with exploited populations.  For this session we will offer a breakout for any youth who attend to discuss youth-specific vulnerabilities and experiences in a safe space.

Youth / Adult Partnerships
Presenter: Jessica Moreno & Rachael Hamilton; Break the Cycle
This training will focus on understanding the role power plays in creating youth-adult partnerships. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their facilitation and practices they have employed when working with youth. Participants will also be introduced to strategies adults can employ to share power when collaborating with youth, including the use of technology.

Cyber Stalking and Technology Abuse
Presenters: Christian Gardner-Wood, Raina Bayas & Lizbeth Parker: Boulder County District Attorney's Office
While technology abuse affects people from all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and religious groups, and occurs in both heterosexual and LGBTQ dating relationships, the use of technologies such as texting and social media to stalk, bully, harass, or intimidate a partner is particularly common among teens and young adults. This session will explore the prevalent types of technology abuse among this population, outline how criminal and civil legal systems address the abuse, and talk about barriers young survivors might experience while trying to seek help from law enforcement and the justice system.  Facilitators will also share tips and techniques on how teens, young adults, parents and educators can work to prevent, recognize and effectively report technology abuse.

Tuesday, April 23 | Breakout Sessions #3 | 2:50 PM
The Necessary Link: Understanding Domestic Violence and Mass Shootings
Presenter:Amy Pohl; Violence Free Colorado
Most mass shootings in the U.S. are related to domestic or family violence. Why? And what can we do about it? Dig into the research, theories, and efforts to make change in Colorado and beyond with Amy Pohl, Associate Director of Violence Free Colorado.

Real Talk: Healthy Relationships
Presenter: Jessica Moreno & Rachael Hamilton; Break the Cycle
Our healthy relationships training will help youth identify different types of abuse. Create awareness around how the media and social media normalize all kinds of abuse. Draw connections between warning signs and dating abuse. Encourage young people to think about what they can do to change social norms and the acceptance of violence and abuse. Please note: this presentation is for youth only.

Strangulation: What Is It and How It Impacts Our Lives
Presenter: Andrea Greco
This session will look at the mechanism, physiology, and consequences of strangulation and how it can impact a person’s life emotionally, psychology and physically. This session will dive into the dangers associated with strangulation by discussing signs and symptoms, short term and long term consequences as well as the potential for delayed fatality. Review of real life case studies will help the learners understand why it is essential to understand strangulation and the associated complications.

Tuesday, April 23 | 4:30 PM
Closing Plenary: A Local Story & Call to Action
Presenter: Ann Marie Doolittle
Today teens are forming relationships that set the stage for future relationships. One in three teenagers is involved in a violent dating relationship and many parents, educators and teenagers are not aware of the signs that can lead to dating violence. Though 82% of parents feel confident that they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, a majority of parents (58%) could not correctly identify all the warning signs of abuse. Ann Marie Doolittle will share the story of her daughter, Ashley Doolittle, who was murdered in 2016 by her ex-boyfriend. She will talk about the different types of abuse and warning signs, statistics, and what you can do as a parent or friend to help put an end to teen dating violence.