Sunday, April 22 at 4:00 pm

Embrace Your Voice, Reclaim Your Power: Changing the Dialogue Surrounding Sexual Assault, Part 1

In the wake of the explosion of sexual assault and harassment stories coming from Hollywood and people everywhere embracing the #MeToo movement, awareness of and discussions about sexual violence are on the rise.

This April, the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to partner with Elizabeth Freeman Center to present two programs in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Embrace Your Voice, Reclaim Your Power: Changing the Dialogue Surrounding Sexual Assault will provide the community with an opportunity to talk about and understand sexual violence: what it looks like, who it impacts, and how we can work together to create a culture of respect, equality, and safety for all.  There are many ways to embrace one’s voice, from voicing your support for survivors and speaking out against victim blaming, to encouraging everyday conversations about consent and helping the children in your life feel safe by teaching them that the choices they make about their bodies deserve to be respected.

 

Part 1: Faces of Sexual Assault

The first program, to be held Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., will feature a panel discussion focused on the question of “what does sexual violence look like?”. The panel, moderated by Jennifer Goewey and Tess Lane of Elizabeth Freeman Center, will include trans/intersex activist Jahaira DeAlto; Dr. Kate Gallagher of the Austen Riggs Center; Stacy Malone, Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center; and Lisa McCue, Victim Service Coordinator for the Baystate Family Advocacy Center. Discussion topics will include understanding sexual violence and the forms it can take, from sexual harassment to domestic violence, as well as the people it impacts – namely, everyone. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.

About the panelists:
Jahaira DeAlto is a leader and advocate from Boston who organizes through a Latina/Middle Eastern trans* radical womanist praxis. Her work in social justice began in 1997 with the Chanelle Pickett murder trial. Notably, she has spoken at the Ryan White National Youth Conference on HIV/AIDS, the Hetrick-Martin School, and Harvard University. Most recently, she was a guest-lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Currently she lives and attends college in Pittsfield, MA, where she sits on the boards of both the Berkshire Pride Committee and the LGBTQIA+ Access Project at the Elizabeth Freeman Center. She believes in reparations, intersectional freedom, and the healing properties of mango sorbet.

Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Gallagher is a clinical psychologist and fourth year fellow in the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program at the Austen Riggs Center. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Georgia State University and completed her Predoctoral internship at the Emory University School of Medicine, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. As part of her graduate work, she built a program of research focused on understanding and preventing aggressive behavior, including sexual violence. She has published and presented this research in various forums. Clinically, she has served as a rape crisis counselor and has experience working with individuals who have experienced many forms of trauma.

Jennifer Goewey is Elizabeth Freeman Center’s site supervisor of the Great Barrington office. She serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in South Berkshire County, including families and children exposed to domestic violence. Prior to working for EFC, Jennifer was the Executive Director for the Town of Sheffield’s Council on Aging and Senior Center. She studied Human Services and Rehabilitation at Bay Path University.

Tess Lane is Elizabeth Freeman Center’s new crisis counselor/advocate in the Great Barrington office. She serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in South County, including survivors from the LGBTQ community. Prior to working for EFC, Tess was the program coordinator at The Diverse Future, a non-profit that works towards placing individuals of color in leadership positions in the media, journalism, and communications industries. Tess graduated from Smith College in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology.

Stacy Malone, Esq. is Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC). She joined the VRLC in 2004 as a volunteer attorney, where she represented survivors on employment, safety, privacy, and other legal needs. After serving five years on the VRLC’s Board of Directors, she was appointed the Executive Director in 2010. Stacy manages the strategic direction, operations, and development for the VRLC’s national programs, as well as both the VRLC’s offices in Massachusetts and Oregon. Stacy provides training nationwide to a wide range of audience to improve the response to sexual violence. Stacy serves on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program. Stacy also has worked in the private sector and at both federal and state agencies. Her legal career has focused on working with women and children, victims of violence, and those who have faced discrimination. Stacy is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston University School of Law. In 2011, she was honored with the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women of Law 2011 Award and inducted into Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly’s Circle of Excellence in 2013.

Lisa McCue is the Victim Service Coordinator for the Baystate Family Advocacy Center. She is a graduate from BayPath College with a Bachelor degree in Criminal justice. She began her career in Crime Victim Services in 2007 as a Victim Advocate for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, moving into the role of Deputy Director of the Victim/Witness Program in 2011, and then began working for Baystate Health in 2017. As Victim Service Coordinator, Lisa coordinates victim services for FAC programs including the Homicide Bereavement Program & The Children’s Advocacy Center. As part of that role, she works with Multi-Disciplinary Teams and is part of the team that coordinates a trauma focused response through One Mission: A Comprehensive Service Program for Victims of Human Trafficking.

 

Part 2: Your Voice Has Power: Becoming Agents of Change to End Sexual Violence will take place on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.



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