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The Social Construction of Sexual Violence

Our understandings of sexual violence—and our notions about the victims—are shaped by entrenched ideology and recurring media messages that are inextricably intertwined with race, gender, sexuality, poverty, immigration, and community. Even with the scandals of Penn State and Syracuse University in today’s headlines, men remain invisible as victims.

Join us for a conversation with activists, advocates, scholars, and survivors to explore race in its real-world context. This event features: Aishah Shahidah Simmons, producer, writer, and director of NO! The Rape Documentary; Sharmili Majmudar, executive director of Rape Victim Advocates; Rachel Caidor, founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence; and Caleb Probst, education outreach associate for the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation.

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