By David Lee on August 29, 2013

It takes a movement to prevent sexual violence

Who’s got the power? We’ve got the power!
What kind of power ? Feminist power!”
“¡SI, SE PUEDE!” Yes, we can.

United Farmer Workers founder and social social justice Dolores Huerta inspired the audience at the National Sexual Assault Conference today to take action to prevent sexual violence.  Having just returned from speaking at the Lincoln Memorial for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington,. She described the importance of understanding the role of women in leadership in the civil rights movement.  

Just as the civil rights movement lead to changes in the 1960s and the Labor movement lead to improvements in workplace conditions, it will take a movement to end sexual violence.  Many workshops at the conference have focused on movement building: Move to End Violence sponsored a mini-track on building a movement to end violence against women and girls and Ms. Foundation for Women sponsored a mini-tack on building a movement to end child sexual abuse.

I have been impressed by the great prevention work  highlighted at this conference.  With 24 workshops in the prevention track, the prevention sessions were full of energy of people committed to advance new strategies to prevent sexual violence.

What has your highlight of the National Sexual Assault Conference?

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David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project PreventConnect, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 27 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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