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Wednesday, April 27 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Blame Does Not Transform: Re-centering Youth Autonomy at the Root of Sexual Assault Prevention

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Prevention efforts have seen several shifts in focus over the years, and we are on the cusp of another essential generational shift. Modern prevention efforts that seek exclusively to “shift the blame to the person who caused harm” fail to recognize the nuanced nature of harm- that those who cause harm have almost always experienced harm themselves, whether interpersonal harms or systemic harms. This session aims to provide participants with an understanding of the role of community accountability principles in prevention education, as well the ways that previous approaches may remove youth autonomy and perpetuate values of othering and disposability that discourage accountability and ultimately perpetuate harm. Preventionists will expand their arsenal of prevention tools with ideas to encourage institutional praxis in promoting youth autonomy, as well as skills to address topics related to youth rights & autonomy, power & positionality, and principles of accountability with young people.

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Topic: Blame Does Not Transform: Re-centering Youth Autonomy at the Root of Sexual Assault Prevention
Date: Apr 27, 2022 12:24 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Shoshana Bass

Prevention Program Supervisor, DVSAS Bellingham
shoshana bass / (they/she) is a seasoned preventionist with an extensive background in youth advocacy, k-12 sexual violence prevention education, and youth leadership cultivation. Their approach to community development and primary prevention is informed by their upbringing in Chicago... Read More →
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Peter Finlon

Prevention Education Specialist, DVSAS Bellingham
Peter Finlon (he/him) has worked in the advocacy field with youth and adult survivors of DV/SA since 2015. He has an extensive background working with queer and trans survivors, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people living with severe mental health diagnoses from his time working... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT