Texas Victim Services Association

 A professional organization for Victim Service Providers

Sticks & Stones - The Language We Use to Talk About Sexual Violence Matters

  • 29 Apr 2024
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • WEBINAR- Zoom

Sticks & Stones - The Language We Use to Talk About Sexual Violence Matters

April 29, 2024

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CST

What’s the difference between saying sexual assault versus rape? Does it matter whether we call someone who’s experienced sexual violence a victim or a survivor? When someone states they have been assaulted, is it an allegation, a statement, or a report? Is consent a tricky topic, or are we conditioned to believe it’s as simple as “yes or no”?

Justice system professionals and media commentators play critical roles in how the public views sexual violence. When the way we talk and write about it falls short of being survivor-centered, it’s our responsibility to correct course and shift the cultural narrative. In doing so, we cultivate a culture that prioritizes, amplifies, and expands the rights of sexual violence survivors.

This interactive workshop focuses on changing the cultural narrative on sexual violence through language, asking the audience to consider how we reject rape culture through our choice of words. It benefits those working directly with survivors, as well as the public at large - because we all have a responsibility to be more aware of the impact of our words on survivors.

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Kristin Daley, K Training & Consulting

Kristin is a communications & development strategist specializing in sexual violence, survivor-centric crisis response, and justice system reform. Kristin has worked in police policy and training for 17 years and is a credentialed victim advocate and nationally recognized subject matter expert in sexual violence prevention and response. She is the co-founder of K Training & Consulting, addressing trauma-informed best practices and strategies for police agencies, organizations, and individual survivors of sexual violence.

Kenny Smith Law Enforcement Training Director/Cofounder, K Training & Consulting

Kenny began his law enforcement career in 1997 as a corrections officer and graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in 2006. He has served in several law enforcement capacities throughout his career and is a certified Crime Scene Technician and Professional Law Enforcement Instructor. Kenny is the Co-Founder of K Training & Consulting.

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