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Lecture:Intersection of Sexual Violence & LGBTQ+ Communities

Thursday, April 7, 2016
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Raquel Lopez.

Research on the intersection of sexual violence and LGBTQ+ communities is lacking with many studies not including questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. These communities are also not a part of the common narratives regarding acts of sexual violence. This presentation will focus on the barriers members of the LGBTQ+ communities face with regards to sexual violence. It will provide an overview of popular narratives surrounding sexual violence and how these narratives may shape the experience of sexual violence for those that self-identify as LGBTQ+.

Raquel Lopez is a graduate student at UConn/Hartford’s Master of Social Work (MSW) Program with her second-year field placement focusing on the LGBTQ+ community taking place at UConn’s Rainbow Center. She also attended UConn/Stamford for undergraduate career and earned a double major in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS), with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). She currently holds the position of Volunteer Program Coordinator at The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford. She has been a State Certified Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor since 2012 and now facilitates the certification training for Lower Fairfield County. She is a founding member of the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence’s LGBTQ Caucus and is on UConn’s Title IX Student Advisory Committee.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

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