Sexual Assault

Understanding Sexual Coercion

Vera Institute has a podcast on understanding sexual coercion that’s brief (under 7 minutes), and worth a viewing. I’m particularly interested in the discussion of how we define sexual assault, particularly as it pertains to the legal framework so often used. I think it’s analogous to how we ascribe meaning to the medical-forensic exam, with the legal framework often being the primary framework (and measure of success) people use to define the encounter, and which I personally find both limiting and misleading.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read President Obama’s Proclamation here (PDF). And check out the DVAM site for information, resources and events.