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Sexual Violence: Advocating for Effective Policies and Empowered Survivors Friday, August 5, 2016; 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This workshop will teach service providers how to advocate for individuals impacted by sexual victimization and how to help survivors navigate the interpersonal and systems challenges that occur in its aftermath. Dr. Alissa Ackerman will lead this all day workshop to discuss the importance of bridging the study of sex offender policy with survivor advocacy.

Modern sex crimes policies in the United States dates back to the early 1990s. These policies were developed after several highly publicized and heinous cases with the intent of keeping communities safe from dangerous and repeat sex offenders. Quickly implemented, these policies have simultaneously become harsh and broad. Do these laws protect anyone? Do they serve a purpose? Who benefits from sex crimes policies? Survivors will often say that they do not see a reflection of themselves or their stories in sex crimes policy discourse. Similarly, research to date shows that current policies actually have negative impacts on survivors of sexual trauma. This information, and the tools necessary to help survivors navigate the criminal justice process, are both crucial. In addition to evidence-based content and skills practice, the documentary Brave Miss World, will be shown and discussed.

Please be aware that there will be explicit content in this workshop that may be distressing for some participants. If you have concerns about this, please contact the organizers to discuss how we can help to manage your participation.

6 CEUs available for LMHCs, LICSWs, LMFTs, and CDPs; 6 Clock Hours available for Educators

About the Presenter

Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman is an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Program at the University of Washington-Tacoma. She has a decade of experience studying the nature, context, and extent of sexual victimization. Her primary area of research is on post-sentence and community management policies for people convicted of sexually based offenses. Alissa’s current research projects involve a national level study of state and federal sex offender registries to assess whether current management practices are effective in reducing crime among the registered sex offender population and a restorative justice project that seeks to bring the voices of survivors and perpetrators of sexual violence into the same space.

Questions about this conference should be directed to Liz Stevens, at lizstevens@cityu.edu. Space is limited so register early. Cancellation Policy: Participants can cancel with a full refund up until July 29, one week before the workshop. There is no refund if cancelling after July 29, 2016.

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