The Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs is offering a one day seminar that explores the languaging of sexual assault and how that languaging impacts successful prosecution

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify instances where the language of consensual sex is used to describe assaultive acts, when the passive voice is used to allow perpetrators to remain invisible and unaccountable, and when objectifying or blaming language used to describe sexual assault victims.
  2. Participants will practice re-writing documents such as existing police reports, judicial opinions, and media articles to make the language more effectively represent the assaultive act depicted.
  3. Participants will be able to identify specific reasons why sexual assault is a “crime like no other” and why there is an increasing “justice gap” for sexual assault victims who come forward and will be provided with specific recommendations for challenging the “justice gap.”
  4. Participants will identify key legal problems within their own communities and develop their own strategies about how they can work within their own communities to combat the “justice gap.”

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