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Why They Fight the Facts and What to Do About It: Learning How to Respond to Victim Blaming Arguments and Folks Who Just Don’t Get It

AUDIENCE: KCSDV member program advocates and staff only

Sponsored by:
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Training Description:

Open and honest communication is key to effective systems advocacy. But, how do we communicate about sensitive topics without alienating people from the conversation?

As advocates and educators, we are up against myths, misinformation, negative attitudes, stereotypes, and victim blaming.  Advocates and educators can only enact best practices when they understand their audience and their barriers, and work to change their often long-held beliefs.

This training will provide advocates with an overview of barriers to change, best practices for changing harmful attitudes, and how to have those hard conversations in a way that creates positive change for victims, survivors, and communities.

Date & Time:
February 11, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Materials & lunch provided

The Brownstone
4020 NW 25th Street
Topeka, KS 66618

Registration Fee:

Registration Deadline:
January 28, 2020

Register Early! Space is limited.

How To Register:
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If you have questions or need assistance registering, contact:
Shelly Newman
785-232-9784 ext. 314 or

We welcome people of all abilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your needs on the online registration form or contact Shelly Newman. Requests should be made at least 14 business days prior to the event.

Hilton Garden Inn Topeka
1351 SW Arvonia Place
Topeka, KS

Hilton Garden Booking Link

KCSDV has reserved a block of rooms at the state rate.  To reserve your room, contact the hotel directly by January 28, 2020 and provide the code “KCSDV.”

Guest Presenter:
Director of Program Development & Efficacy
Catharsis Productions

Heather Imrie, M.Ed., is the Director of Program Development and Efficacy at Catharsis Productions. She has created curricula and presented on sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, hate crime, systems of oppression, victim blaming, healthy relationships, healthy sex, and bystander intervention to and for crisis centers, universities, and military installations across the country and around the world. She is the creator of various anti-violence programs, most notably Got Your Back/The Hook-Up. She is the co-creator of the Force of Awesome Institute, a program that incorporates active coaching and curricula analysis for violence prevention educators. She has created and implemented anti-sexual violence and bystander intervention training for numerous colleges and universities and the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, and various branches of the U.S. National Guard.

This grant project is supported by the State General Fund for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault as administered by the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program.  The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication, program, or exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the Kansas Governor.

Total Training Hours: 6.0

  •  February 11, 2020
     10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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