Roots and Resistance
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EST
Presentation: Mainstream conversations around #Metoo have seldom addressed the realities of black survivors of sexual violence within the Canadian context. However, Black feminist activists, frontline workers and academics such as Llana James, Notisha Massaquoi and others within Canada have been exploring these issues. While it is important to acknowledge that the black community is not a monolith, there are experiences shared between Black communities.
Roots and Resistance is a webinar that will explore in depth conversations about the connections between sexual violence, state violence, and healing from collective and individual sexual abuse and trauma for Black survivors.
This webinar will discuss the following:
- What are the historical connections between anti-Black racism and sexual violence?
- What are some of the challenges faced by Black survivors of sexual violence?
- Contemporary examples of frontline work addressing the needs of Black survivors of sexual violence.
Bio: Yamikani Msosa is a grassroots feminist anti-violence advocate and support worker. In September 2017, she joined the Ryerson University Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education as a Specialist. Originally from Ottawa by way of Lilongwe, Malawi. She completed her Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies at Carleton and was employed at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa as the Public Education Coordinator for eight years. Yamikani has been widely interviewed across Canada, including interviews in Macleans Magazine, The Walrus, Chatelaine Magazine, Now Toronto, and CBC National news.
Her feminist activism started at the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence against Women. She has also worked with Immigrant Women Services of Ottawa. Yami currently sits on the Advisory Council for MATCH International Global Fund for Women & Youth Advisory for the Equality Project at Ottawa University Law Department where she is researching Intersectionality & Bystander Intervention on Campus Universities across Canada.
The Feminist EAAA Sexual Assault Resistance Program for Young Women in University: How it works and what it does and does not accomplish
Date & Time: September 25, 2018 | 1:00-2:15 PM EST
Presented by: Dr. Charlene Senn, Professor of Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Windsor
Presentation: The Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) sexual assault resistance education program (aka Flip the Script) is a 12-hour small group, empirically based intervention designed specifically for 1st year women students (17 to 24 yrs old). The EAAA program is based on feminist social psychological theory, research evidence, and best practices and is inclusive of women of all sexual identities. In a RCT with close to 900 Canadian women on three Canadian university campuses, EAAA reduced completed and attempted rape experienced by women by 50% in the first year while reducing self-blame for survivors. All of the positive effects including increased self-confidence and reductions in sexual assault last two full years. EAAA is one critical piece of a comprehensive strategy to address the high incidence of sexual violence on our campuses.
Bio: Charlene Senn is a social psychologist and Professor of Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Windsor. She has been an activist and advocate on issues related to men’s violence against women and women’s health for many years. Over more than 10 years, Dr. Senn developed and evaluated a sexual assault resistance education program (EAAA) for first year University women. The efficacy of this intervention was demonstrated recently in a CIHR-funded randomized controlled trial in which the one-year incidence of completed rape was reduced by almost 50% in women who took the intervention compared to those in the control group.