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Rape Culture, Prevention and Bystander Intervention
March 20 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
In order to end sexual violence, we as a society must not only interrupt perpetration but also stop the culture that supports sexual violence. Often referred to as rape culture, this culture normalizes a lack of consent as a regular part of sexual encounters and wrongly puts the onus on potential victims to prevent violence. This workshop will focus on the interaction between rape culture, primary prevention and bystander intervention. Participants will gain tools to craft their own primary prevention strategy that addresses rape culture with a deep understanding of primary prevention.
Elise Delacruz, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, will be the training facilitator. Prior to joining The Alliance, she worked for nearly two years as a counselor advocate for the LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence at the Women and Families Center’s sexual assault crisis service program. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of positions providing services and advocating for survivors of sexual violence, police violence, and anti-LGBTQ violence. Elise has facilitated trainings on sexual violence, bystander interventions, child sexual assault, sexual violence intervention strategies for incarcerated youth and the dynamics of the LGBTQ community. She coordinates the Women of Color Caucus Against Sexual Assault as well as provides technical assistance to outside agencies. Ms. Delacruz earned her M.A. in Pan African Studies from the University of Louisville and a B.A. in Psychology from Marist College.
When you arrive for this training, please use the 98 Pitkin Street doorway which is to the left of The Alliance’s 96 Pitkin Street entrance. Walk down the hallway until you arrive at the Training & Advocacy Center entrance on the right. Parking is available in any unmarked space at the front, right and rear of the building. Carpooling is encouraged. This training is open to the public and costs $40 per attendee.