|Advodates, educators, law enforcement officers, and SANE's|
were recognized for their efforts to end sexual assault by
addressing barriers to helping survivors and holding sex offenders accountable.
There is definitely a lot of work to do. One major theme that stood out for me is the prevalence of hyper-masculinity and how that leads to sexual assault by the time young men reach high school and college. The development of hyper-masculinity starts at a pretty much the beginning of life.
- Not be sissies. In other words, don't be a girl.
- Be the Big wheel. High roller, flashy, GQ, leader, in-control.
- Be a sturdy oak, tough, strong, stoic, no emotion, solid.
- Give 'em hell! Aggressive in all we do.
I never really understood why we need to prove our manhood to other men.
More about this can be read in Michael Kimmel's book Guyland, which is a look into masculinity culture in the United States.
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Here are some photos I took at the conference in 2014.
|Roger Canaff describes his experiences prosecuting |
child sexual assault cases, and the "typical" offender.
|A running gag/Easter egg from some prevention educators.|
|I held a workshop on applying the basics of learning theory|
in the prevention work to change the attitudes and mindsets that
support a rape culture. That's me standing in the very front of the room.
|Shifting into a "coaching" role during the small group activity of my workshop.|
|Keynote luncheon, Day 2.|
|Prevention educators brainstorming what we|
assume of parents, and what we feel parents
can do to promote healthy relationships for their children.
There was a bit of an adventure on the last session I attended, too. Thanks for capturing the memory, Zach (aka @Zeek_N.)
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