Sexual Assault

How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence

Somehow I managed to forget to post this, so apologies for the late notice (but it will be archived, so no worries if you can’t view in real time): How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence is the next webinar offered over at SAFEta (and KIDSta). It will be held August 10th at 2pm ET. The awesome Claudia Bayliff is the featured speaker (her sessions at the annual conference are always packed), so it’s a definite do not miss (especially if you’ve never had the pleasure of hearing her before). From the announcement:

When discussing sexual violence, we often use the language of consensual sex to describe assaultive acts or use euphemisms, erotic, or affectionate terms to portray violent acts. This language implies consent and romance, rather than criminal acts. In addition, we tend to describe violence against women in passive terms, which allows the perpetrators of this violence to remain invisible and unaccountable. We also use language that objectifies or blames sexual assault victims. This interactive session will explore the language of sexual assault: how we talk about and write about this crime. We will discuss specific examples of the language we use and explore how to discuss sexual assault in a way that more accurately depicts the crime. This session is applicable to all members of the response team who work with survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Register here.

2 replies on “How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence”

I had the great pleasure of attending a session by Claudia Bayliff at the IAFN Scientific Assembly 2 years ago…. so I was THRILLED to listen to the webinar!

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