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Iowa Sexual Violence Symposium

All students deserve a safe environment to learn and a supportive place to find help in moments of crisis. Sexual assault can have devastating impacts on victims, taking years or decades for them to seek help. However, rumors and whispers of alleged incidents may begin immediately following the event, in the hallways, over the lunch hour, and throughout the dormitory.

 

 

 

Iowa Sexual Violence Symposium

Monday, April 22nd | 8:00pm – 3:00pm

Iowa Events Center

730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Click this link to register.

All students deserve a safe environment to learn and a supportive place to find help in moments of crisis. Sexual assault can have devastating impacts on victims, taking years or decades for them to seek help. However, rumors and whispers of alleged incidents may begin immediately following the event, in the hallways, over the lunch hour, and throughout the dormitory.

Previously called the “Iowa Title IX Summit,” the Iowa Sexual Violence Symposium will provide educators, school counselors, administrators, and collegiate professionals with resources to prevent sexual violence from occurring and promoting effective response measures to ensure all students are safe. Experts in the field will share their insights in advocating for all students, including girls, LGBTQ youth, youth of color, youth with disabilities, youth of marginalized nationalities, and other students who fall outside the narrow definitions of what it means to be a young man or woman.

The 2nd Annual Iowa Sexual Violence Symposium will take place on April 22, 2019, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Schedule:

8:00-9:00am        Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:45am         Keynote Speaker
9:45-10:00am       Break/Meet with Exhibitors
10:00-10:45am     Workshop Session #1
10:45-11:00am      Break/Meet with Exhibitors
11:00-11:45am       Workshop Session #2
11:45-12:45pm       Lunch Session
12:45-1:00pm        Break/Meet with Exhibitors
1:00-1:45pm          Workshop Session #3
1:45-2:00pm          Break/Meet with Exhibitors
2:00-2:45pm         Workshop Session #4

Our 2019 keynote speakers bring personal and professional experience. Hear their incredible stories.

 

Luana Nelson-Brown

Shari Kastein

We Need To Talk: Mental Health and Sexual Violence – Joby Holcomb, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Ending the silence around mental health and sexual violence is important. This workshop will explore common mental health concerns of students who experience sexual violence and the resources available. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in a safe and supportive atmosphere and get honest answers from an expert in the mental health field. 

 

A World Free From Abuse: Supporting People of Color through Sexual Violence – Lisa Ambrose, Amani Community Services

Sexism and racism are both oppressive tools which make women of color susceptible to sexual violence and create difficulty in seeking services. In this session, experts in culturally-specific domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy will outline the barriers affecting the African-American youth and young adults. Experts in the field will learn about counselling services, advocacy efforts, and legal support available in Iowa.

 

The Ability to Empower: Sexual Violence and People with Disabilities – Tony Raymer, Candeo Iowa

People with disabilities are sexually assaulted at nearly three times the rate of people without disabilities, yet almost half never report the assault. This workshop will address the needs of students with disabilities who experience sexual assault. Experts in the field will be present to provide resources and action steps to support our students, friends, and family members with disabilities.

 

Sexual Violence 101 – Shundrea Trotty, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault

In the United States, one in three women and one in six men experience some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime. In this session, participants will develop foundational knowledge about the prevalence of sexual violence and the signs and symptoms of those who experience it. Participants will be in a safe space to ask the tough questions and get effective resources from experts in the field.

 

Beyond Survival: Support and Accountability for Queer College Students – Ric Tennenbaum, Iowa Safe Schools

In a recent study, 73% of LGBTQ college students experience sexual harassment or abuse, and 6% of LGBTQ change their school or major as a result. In this session, Iowa Safe School’s Queer Campus Coalition Coordinator will outline effective strategies for supporting LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence. Participants will also develop a cultural competency for addressing the needs of LGBTQ students.

 

Supporting LGBTQ Youth through Sexual Violence – Becky Smith, Iowa Safe Schools

LGBTQ youth face a high risk for sexual assault as a result of high rates of poverty, homelessness, and marginalization. In this session, Iowa Safe School’s Director of Youth Engagement will talk about the specific needs of LGBTQ youth, effective supports for LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence, tangible ways to promote healthy dating relationships, and applicable resources to prevent sexual violence towards LGBTQ youth.

 

#MeToo: Sexual Violence on Our College Campuses – Tricia Ingram Williams, Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support

One in five women and one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted in college.  In this workshop, participants will explore the climate and culture surrounding sexual assault on college campuses. Participants will have access to effective prevention measures and resources to help support students in crisis.

 

Need Help Now: Immediate Supports for Our Students – Kacey Barrow-Miner, Crisis Intervention & Advocacy, Adel Iowa

In moments of crisis, students need immediate supports to remove them from a potentially dangerous situation. In this session, specialists will outline the process of providing immediate crisis interventions and how educators can provide classroom supports.

 

The Ripple Effects of Violence  – Nicole Hamilton-Brahm, Crisis Intervention Service

Violence has an impact on more than the individual.  Homicide and other Violent Crimes impact individuals, families, and communities.  Information will be provided regarding the impact of violence, how to build deeper connections with those affected by violence, and how to support those affected by vicarious trauma due to violence.

 

Enough is Enough: Supporting LatinX Youth – Susan Cruz, L.U.N.A. Iowa

Roughly one in three Latinas experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. In this workshop, participants will explore the unique barriers affecting the LatinX community from seeking help and support after experiencing sexual violence. Resources will be provided to help participants establish prevention measures and provide supports in their classrooms and communities.

Interested in exhibiting at the Iowa Sexual Violence Symposium? Click here to register as an exhibitor.