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Campus Sexual Assault: Prevention, Support & Justice

MEDIA CONTACT: KAREN TEBER (KM463@GEORGETOWN.EDU)

(SEPTEMBER 8, 2015)—The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law fall colloquium series continues Wednesday, Sept. 9 with a focus on campus sexual assault.

Surveys suggest one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. During our colloquium “Campus Sexual Assault: Prevention, Support & Justice,” panelists will discuss the federal laws that guarantee students’ right to education free from sexual violence, explore the current challenges associated with navigating the campus, criminal and civil justice systems, and consider how efforts to prevent and respond to incidences of campus sexual assault can be further improved at all levels.

The O’Neill Institute Colloquium, offered annually, is an interdisciplinary course that draws from the work of scholars, policymakers and the general health community.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Emily Bazelon, JD is a staffwriter at TheNew York Times Magazine and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School who has reported on the issue of campus sexual assault. Bazelon is author of the national best seller“Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.”

Laura Dunn, Esq. a nationally recognized victim rights attorney, is executive director of SurvJustice, which provides legal services to survivors across the country and trains institutions of higher education on compliance with Title IX and the Clery Act. Dunn received a J.D. from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, graduating Order of the Barristers and receiving the William P. Cunningham Award for her national advocacy on campus sexual assault, which included lobbying to pass the 2013 VAWA Reauthorization, advising the White House Task Force to Protect Students Against Sexual Assault, and serving as a negotiator on the U.S. Department of Education’s VAWA Rulemaking Committee.

Dana Bolger is a contributor at Feministing.com and co-founder of Know Your IX, a national survivor-led, student-driven campaign to end campus gender-based violence. She began organizing against sexual violence while a student at Amherst College, where she co-founded It Happens Here, a publication dedicated to creating spaces for survivors to share their stories for cultural and institutional change on campus.

WHEN:

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

1:20 - 3:20 p.m.

WHERE:

Georgetown University Law Center

Eric E. Hotung Building, Room 2001

550 First Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20001

Space is limited. Media interested in attending should email km463@georgetown.edu.

The Twitter hashtag for this event is #oneillcolloquium.

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The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is the premier center for health law, scholarship, and policy. Its mission is to contribute to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve the public’s health, using objective evidence as a measure. The O’Neill Institute seeks to advance scholarship, science, research, and teaching that will encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society to employ the law as a positive tool for enabling more people in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.

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