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Roundtable: Sexual Assault in the U.S. - A Status Report - Recorded

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This roundtable conversation included activists, theologians and ethicists discussing where we are in the U.S. in changing the social norms that support and allow sexual violence against women. What changes have we made and what more is needed?

  • Recording
  • Sexual Violence
When Apr 04, 2012
from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Pacific Time Zone
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Contact Phone 206-634-1903 ext 26
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Roundtable Conversation with Traci West, Anne K. Ream, Kristen Leslie, and Marie Fortune

Our distinguished panel of activists, theologians, and ethicists will discuss the state of our common work to address and preventsexual violence. What do today's cultural norms and expecations tell us about the progress we've made? What does the media and current legislation have to contribute? What developments are emerging in faith communities? Join the conversation.


Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune is the founder and Senior Analyst at FaithTrust Institute.A graduate of Yale Divinity School, she is a pastor, educator, and author as well as a practicing ethicist and theologian. Her books include Keeping the Faith: Guidance for Christian Women Facing Abuse and Sexual Violence: The Sin Revisited.


Kristen Leslie, an ordained United Methodist minister, is the Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Eden Theological Seminary.  She received a B.A. from the College of Wooster (Ohio), an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from the Claremont School of Theology (California). She is the author of When Violence is No Stranger: Pastoral Counseling with Survivors of Acquaintance Rape (Fortress Press, 2003).  From 2003- 2005, Kristen served as a consultant to the Chaplains at the United States Air Force Academy as they worked to provide appropriate care to survivors of sexualized violence.  While doing this work, Kristen documented the growing problem of Christian proselytizing at the Academy and in the United States Military in general.  In 2005, she testified in front of Congress on matters related to proselytizing in the U.S. Military.

Rev. Dr. Traci C. West is Professor of Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School (Madison, New Jersey). Her teaching, research. and activism focus on constructive liberative Christian social ethics in churches and society related to issues of race, gender, and sexuality. She is the author ofDisruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women's Lives Matter (2007), Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics (1999), and editor of Our Family Values: Religion and Same-sex Marriage (2007). She is currently working on anti-racist, narrative, religious ethics that engages activist work to end gender-based violence in Ghana, Brazil, and South Africa.

Anne K. Ream is a Chicago-based writer and the founder of The Voices and Faces Project, a national documentary initiative created to bring the testimony of sexual violence and trafficking survivors to the attention of the public A longstanding advocate for women's issues, Anne is also the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer for , an empowerment project and webzine for tween girls. A former Senior Vice President and Group Creative Director at Leo Burnett USA, one of the country's largest communications agencies, Anne believes that creative and media-driven ideas can play an important role in social movements. In partnership with attorneys Susan Estrich and Susan Vickers, Anne is a founding co-chair of " CounterQuo," a national initiative to change legal and media responses to violence against women. 
Anne is a contributor to the forthcoming book "Live and Let Love" (Simon and Schuster, 2011), a new compilation of "thought-provoking, illuminating, often poignant essays written by some of America's most fascinating and vibrant women."

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