Students and prominent policymakers had a candid wide-ranging discussion Wednesday about one of the most pressing issues facing young people on college campuses today.
- Panelists talk about campus sexual assault – the scope of the problem, and ways to prevent it
- 1 in 5 college women say they were violated
- Sexual assault survivors tell their stories
- Stories show how campus sexual assault is life-altering for survivors
- Male victims often fear they won’t be taken seriously
- College officials say they are ramping up efforts to combat sexual violence
- How was sexual assault measured?
-Marty Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post
FIGHTING BACK: SURVIVOR PERSPECTIVES ON THE NEED FOR ADVOCACY
-Dana Bolger, Co-director, Know Your IX
-Katherine Bowman, Volunteer, Rape Response Advocate, Crisis Center of Birmingham
-Kristin McCovery, Class of 2015, Howard University
-Tracy Sefl, Board Member and Advocate, RAINN
Moderated by Emma Brown, National Education Reporter, The Washington Post
CHANGING CAMPUS CULTURE: STUNNING STATISTICS AND POLICIES TO REVERSE THEM
-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
-Mollyann Brodie, Senior Vice President, Public Opinion and Survey Research, Kaiser Family Foundation
-Debbie Wilson, Associate Athletic Director, George Mason University; Chair, NCAA Sexual Assault Task Force
Moderated by Nick Anderson, Higher Education Writer, The Washington Post
-Lois Romano, Editor, Washington Post Live
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was sworn in to office in January 2009. She is the first New York senator to sit on the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in nearly 40 years. Before the Senate, Gillibrand served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York’s 20th Congressional District. Prior to her service in Congress, she worked as an attorney in New York City for more than a decade and served as special counsel to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo during the Clinton Administration.
Co-director, Know Your IX
Dana Bolger is a columnist at Feministing.com and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a survivor- and youth-led campaign to end gender-based violence in school.
Volunteer, Rape Response Advocate, Crisis Center of Birmingham
Katherine Bowman graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a BA in sociology and honor’s anthropology, and a minor in French. She currently resides in Birmingham, Ala. and volunteers as a Rape Response advocate with the Crisis Center of Birmingham. As an advocate, her role includes providing support and resources to survivors of sexual assault. She also writes for a Birmingham-based website about modern women, called iamthefbomb.com.
Senior Vice President, Public Opinion and Survey Research, Kaiser Family Foundation
Mollyann Brodie is responsible for all aspects of Kaiser Family Foundation public opinion survey efforts, including the monthly Kaiser Health Tracking poll, the foundation’s work on Americans’ attitudes toward global health policy and ongoing survey partnerships with media organizations. Brodie is also the president of the American Association of Public Opinion Research.
Class of 2015, Howard University
Kristin McCovery is from the surrounding suburbs of Chicago. She recently graduated from Howard University with a BA in political science and has plans to attend law school in the fall of 2015. She volunteered with RAINN in college after she was sexually assaulted during her freshman year in college. She says, “Volunteering has been one of the many things that has helped me in my healing process.”
Board Member and Advocate, RAINN
Tracy Sefl serves on the board of directors of RAINN, which operates the national sexual assault hotline. Sefl is a co-founder of the Advisory Council on Child Trafficking, and is a policy advisor to the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at Johns Hopkins University. She has published numerous academic papers focused on the community response to sexual assault, the physical health consequences of rape, the impact of rape on women’s sexual behaviors, the relationship between adult sexual assault and prostitution, and creating safe spaces for survivors in conducting research.
Associate Athletic Director, George Mason University; Chair, NCAA Sexual Assault Task Force
Debbie Wilson is an associate athletic director at George Mason University and is a licensed psychologist. She has a private psychotherapy and sport psychology practice in Washington, D.C. She is the past chair of the NCAA’s Committee on sportsmanship and ethical conduct and has served on the NCAA’s mental health task force. Previously, she was the women’s basketball coach at the Ohio State University for eight seasons. Wilson has over 30 years of professional experience working with athletes, coaches and athletics’ administrators at the high school, college, Olympic and professional levels of competition. She is the primary author of the NCAA guide, “Addressing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence: Athletics’ Role in Support of Healthy and Safe Campuses.” She currently chairs the NCAA’s newly appointed Sexual Assault Task Force.
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