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Pain to Power: Using Public Narrative and Community Organizing to Create a More Equitable World

This session explores public narrative, storytelling, and community organizing as critical tools to disrupt the status quo that upholds sexual violence and other forms of oppression and harm. Participants will learn how to use these tools to promote healing, justice, and equity.
This session is part of the Prevention track at the 2021 National Sexual Assault Conference sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The workshops offered in the Prevention track support prevention practitioners and advocates in examining, evaluating, and implementing processes to advance equity within and through our organizations.


  • Participants will learn a framework for a race/class narrative that enables them to discuss sexual violence and its intersections.
  • Participants will locate themselves and their own actions in a larger ecosystem so that they are equipped to practice public narrative and organizing in their unique contexts.
  • Participants will practice creating new narratives around issues they care about.
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