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Lecture: Intimate Partner Violence

Thursday, October 17, 2019
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

The Fall 2019 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (

Today's lecture is entitled, "Intimate Partner Violence" and will be presented by Elliot Ruggles (he/him/his or they/them/theirs).

Synopsis: Gender, sexual and relationship violence have a history deeply tied to patriarchy and other forms of systemic violence and oppression. We will explore how these types of violence relate to an inequitable gender system. In the contemporary world, instances of gender and sexual violence function as microcosms of these inequities, as anyone interested in gaining power and control over others can quickly exploit vulnerabilities caused by systemic oppression. We will end by looking at how intimate partner violence interacts with other forms of oppression (classism, racism, etc.) and what steps minoritized communities have taken to lead the way around pursuing accountability and justice.

Biography: Elliot Ruggles holds a PhD in Human Sexuality Studies and a Master’s in Social Work from Widener University and is currently serving in the role of Sexual Harassment and Assault Resources and Education (SHARE) Advocate at Brown University. They have been organizing, teaching, running therapeutic groups, and conducting research in the fields of social work and sexuality for over ten years. Most recently he served as the Director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at SUNY Oneonta. Before then, while living in Philadelphia, they gained clinical experience using trauma-informed and feminist modalities working with racially and socioeconmically diverse LGBTQ communities, adolescent parents, people in recovery from addiction, and children survivors of sexual abuse. Elliot is a fierce advocate for queer and trans people, strives for anti-racist practice and believes that liberation from oppression is the key to ending violence.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches


Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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