Understanding Sexual Violence and Abuse: Causes, Consequences and Prevention

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Date: 24 March 2015
Venue: Watershed Bristol
Time: 18:00 - 20:00


Join us at 'Understanding Sexual Violence and Abuse: Causes, Consequences and Prevention' in this free and open discussion about sexual violence and abuse: its causes, consequences, as well as ways of identifying risk and preventing offending.

Inspired by the structure of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, this Public Engagement Project is designed to educate and engage the public in the prevention of sexual assault, abuse and exploitation in a non-theoretical and user friendly manner. The goals of the project are to engage the public in a discussion about sexual assault and abuse; improve public understanding of sexual assault and abuse, involve the public in prevention, public health and education strategies and bring together members of the public, professionals, practitioners, scholars and students.

The event is sponsored by Social Science in the City and the Centre for Legal Research.

Topics and Speakers

Understanding sexual offenders and sexual violence

Understanding sex offender management - Dr Kristen Zgoba, Rutgers University

Prosecuting UK sex offenders who offend abroad - Duncan McPhee, UWE

Victims of sexual violence and sexual exploitation

Victim participation in the prosecution of traffickers - Dr Jess Elliott, UWE

Trauma reactions to sexual violence - Lisa Benjamin, SARSAS

Preventing sexual violence and abuse

Understanding and preventing child sexual abuse - NSPCC

Community reintegration and preventing reoffending - Circles of Support and Accountability

Format of the event

  • Short 10 minute talks by a range of experts
  • An extended Q and A session following each talk
  • Information stalls
  • A chance to meet local service providers, charities and outreach groups who work in the field of sexual violence and abuse

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at a wide audience, including the general public and requires no prior education, training or specialist knowledge on any of the topics.

Why attend?

  • To improve your understandings of sexual violence and abuse;
  • To improve your awareness of current responses;
  • To become more aware of the consequences of sexual violence and abuse for victims, offenders, families, communities, and wider society;
  • To become involved in prevention, public health and education strategies to address sexual violence and abuse.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register online. Light refreshments will be available.


This event is being organised by Dr Kieran McCartan, Department of Health and Applied Social Sciences (Criminology), UWE and Professor Phil Rumney, Department of Law, UWE.

More events organised by the Bristol Law School are visible on the Law School Events Diary.

Cost: Free
Contact: Lauren Rees
E-mail: clr@uwe.ac.uk

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