The Spectrum of Sexual Trauma - Issues, Impacts & Social Change
In this interactive presentation exploring the wide spectrum of sexual trauma, Molly will clarify key concepts and terms, explain statistics as well as the existing barriers to quantifying the prevalence of sexual trauma and violence in our culture, the impact of sexual trauma on the body, mind and spirit, the shift towards affirmative and enthusiastic consent and how to identify your role in the movement as a survivor or ally. Her approach to this topic is sensitive, inclusive of all identities and ultimately inspires participants to be empowered around the topics of ending violence and creating safe communities.
Participants will learn:
Definitions of acts and behaviors included under the umbrella term of sexual trauma/violence
PTSD & Rape Trauma Response (physical, mental and spiritual impacts of sexual violence)
Statistics about sexual violence within a diverse range of communities
Barriers to accessing healing
Resources for healing
Introduction to innovative, grassroots, anti-violence movements
Creative activism, advocacy and allyship in the anti-sexual violence movement
..and much more!
As a survivor who has worked as an on-call medical and legal advocate, a former director of a campus-based Women's Center with graduate-level research in Women's & Gender Studies and a yoga instructor for trauma survivors - Molly draws upon a wide range of personal, academic and professional experienced connected to the complex issue of sexual trauma. She is committed to providing safe, pro-intersectional, compassionate and healing spaces where groups can come away with not only a nuanced understanding of sexual violence and trauma, but also feel empowered to take effective action in their lives and communities.