At the beginning of November, PreventConnect attended the 2011 Roots of Change Conference in Portland, Oregon, which was sponsored by the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force and Men Can Stop Rape. PreventConnect’s Chad Sniffen presented during this conference. Speakers and workshops addressed the primary prevention of sexual violence with a strong focus on media, entertainment and pop culture. Themes regarding men and masculinity were woven throughout the conference proceedings.
Keynote speaker Dr. Rachael Griffin, Assistant Professor of Speech Communication at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, reflects on the intersection of her experience as a black feminist survivor and Tyler Perry’s film For Colored Girls.