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An Unheard Voice

Sexual violence is a devastating problem on campuses today.Title IX grants every student the right to an education free from sexual assault or harassment. Elaine addresses this issue with passion and sensitivity. As a survivor, she provides a compelling story and perspective that others may not. Through her story and those of students today, audience members develop a deeper understanding of the devastating emotional effects on survivors and gain critical skills for providing support.

Your students will leave this interactive and eye-opening program with clear definitions of consent, coercion, incapacitation, stalking, dating, and domestic violence. Elaine highlights the typical traits of perpetrators and the modes in which they operate while empowering students to engage in peer mediation.

Elaine is a subject matter expert in connecting high-risk drinking to sexual assault, highlighting the effects of alcohol – most critically around diminishing intuition and communication skills. Students learn practical strategies for low-risk drinking and develop an awareness of the negative impact of victim-blaming responses.They participate in engaging interactive exercises,which stimulates a lighter conversation and dramatically demonstrates common assumptions, consent, and the implications of sexual violence on one's health.

Your students will be challenged to develop healthy communication skills as they acquire an increased awareness of mutual respect and emotional intimacy. Elaine fosters the value of integrity and doing the right thing. She urges students to become part of the national initiative of bystander intervention for which she shares effective and safe strategies. Students leave empowered to look out for one another and with confidence to step in and help. Many have stated that they now understand the importance of looking out for one another at parties.

An Unheard Voice can be presented to mixed or same-gender audiences. By developing an honest and trusting dialogue through her friendly and non-judgmental demeanor, students openly discuss their experiences and feelings. Those who typically don't share participate. No question is too difficult for Elaine to tackle! Many survivors reach out to Elaine after the program to share their stories.

This program is not meant to just check off the Title IX box. This is a program that stimulates critical thinking, a meaningful dialogue, and meets students where they are. An Unheard Voice will develop a culture of mutual respect, open communication, emotional intimacy, and healthy relationships, thus providing a safe campus environment, preserving your reputation, and lowering your liability. This program is in compliance with the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act under Title IX.

Topics Include:

Title IX and latest trends on campuses
Legal definition of sexual assault and rape
Stalking, domestic violence, dating violence
Emotional and physical effects
Consent vs coercion: Yes means yes
Connection of alcohol to sexual violence
Personality traits of perpetrators and modes of operation

Bystander intervention - techniques
Date rape drugs
Common Assumptions
Risk Reduction
Healthy relationships and communication
How and where to seek help

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