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How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Violence

Hosted by: The TA Provider Resource Center

When discussing sexual violence, we often use the language of consensual sex to describe the assaultive acts or use euphemisms, erotic, or affectionate terms to portray violence acts. This language implies consent and romance, rather than criminal acts. In addition, we tend to describe violence against women in passive terms, which allows the perpetrators of this violence to remain invisible and unaccountable. We also use language that objectifies or blames sexual assault victims. This interactive session will explore the languages of sexual assault: how we talk about and write about this crime. This session is applicable to all members of the response team who work with survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

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