03 Mar Ending Violence Without Violence – Registration Is Now Open!
Ending Violence Without Violence 2020 Conference
The mainstream anti-sexual violence movement has largely relied on criminal legal and legislative strategies to prevent and respond to sexual violence. But the traditional criminal legal system does not always offer healing or justice for all survivors, nor does it prevent violence or offer adequate paths to accountability for people who have done harm. Instead, our reliance on the criminal legal system has isolated the anti-sexual violence movement from other social justice movements. Encounters with the criminal legal system can re-traumatize survivors of sexual violence, and reporting sexual violence in this system can also bring survivors into conflict with the law. It is essential that we develop knowledge and skills in community-based approaches to ensure that we can most effectively support all survivors and end sexual violence without perpetuating violence.
The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Seven Dancers Coalition, and Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action Project, present a statewide conference, titled “Ending Violence Without Violence: Community-Centered Approaches to Sexual Violence Prevention and Intervention,” on June 3–6, 2020. This conference will provide a space for survivors, advocates, counselors, victim assistance programs, allied organizations, and community members across New York State and Haudenosaunee Country to develop the knowledge, skills, and courage to implement community-centered practices to prevent and respond to harm and sexual violence.