Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm

Embrace Your Voice, Reclaim Your Power: Changing the Dialogue Surrounding Sexual Assault, Part 2

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 2: Your Voice Has Power: Becoming Agents of Change to End Sexual Violence

Building on part 1 of the series, Jennifer Goewey and Tess Lane from Elizabeth Freeman Center will talk to us about consent; the process of recovery for survivors; action steps toward empowerment; and how we can all be change agents to end sexual violence.

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.



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