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April 10, 2012
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At the beginning of November, PreventConnect attended the 2011 Roots of Change Conference in Portland, Oreg., which was sponsored by the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force and Men Can Stop Rape. 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. Below are keynote addresses.

(61 mins) 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. Listen here>>

(54 mins) Jaclyn Friedman, Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media, the editor of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape and the author of What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety, discusses how building a stronger relationship with our authentic sexuality is a powerful act of resistance. Listen here>>

(37 mins) Men Can Stop Rape's Dr. Pat McGann, Director of Strategy & Planning, talks about his journeys with masculinity through childhood, adulthood, marriage and his feminist transformation. Listen here>>

Click to view recordings from the 2009 Roots of Change Conference.

How can I talk about sexuality to prevent sexual violence?

Berkeley Media Studies Group

Each month, our partners at put out a resource guide for a "TA Question of the Month." This month, is providing tips on the relationship between healthy sexuality and sexual assault with their guide How Can I Talk About Sexuality to Prevent Sexual Violence:

Casey Keene, VAWnet's manager, writes, "The 2012 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Campaign centers on the theme of healthy sexuality, letting everyone know 'It's timeā€¦to talk about it.' Healthy sexuality means having the knowledge and power to express sexuality in ways that enrich our lives (NSVRC, 2012). It means more than sex. Healthy sexuality includes building safe relationships, developing skills to communicate..."

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PreventConnect is a national project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) and is sponsored by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The views and information provided in our activities do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Government, the CDC or CALCASA.

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