Move to End Violence: Reflections from 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference


Presenters of the “It Takes a Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls Workshop” – Beckie Masaki, Annika Gifford, Ted Bunch, and Puja Dhawan.

The 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference‘s theme of Inspire a Movement, Invest in Change and Imagine aligned perfectly with the goal of Move to End Violence, to strengthen our collective capacity to end violence against girls and women in the United States. In its recent blog, Move to End Violence described the workshops it sponsored on building a movement to end violence against women and girls.

Movement Maker Trina Greene wrote about her passions and three essential questions for the movement inspired by the final plenary session at the National Conference.

The 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference theme this year was, “Inspire a Movement, Invest in Change, Imagine…,” and it definitely met its mark with me. Carmen’s use of digital technology was an inspiration to the cutting edge new practices available for the movement. Through Jacob Chevalier and the prevention track, I experienced the true investment in the future generation of leaders.  Dancing and singing in a room full of advocate-survivors, I imagined that the world would look like if women and girls were truly free to live without violence.

Well said!

David Lee

David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project Prevention Connection, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 29 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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