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Faith to Faith: An Interfaith Forum on Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse

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Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

3101 Clifton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45220

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Join members and leaders of local faith communities in discussing better ways to address Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse in our midst.

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Over the past year and a half since the revival of the #MeToo movement, it has become more and more apparent that Gender Based Violence affects people of all walks of life. This means that there are survivors and victims in our own faith communities too.

Sunday March 31, The Changing Role of Women in our Faith Communities, a series of interfaith symposiums, will present Faith to Faith, an Interfaith Forum on Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse. The forum will feature both a panel and interactive break out sessions regarding how both individuals and faith communities can bring change through recognizing gender-based violence (including domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking), speaking out against it, implementing preventative measures, and supporting survivors.

Faith to Faith is a program of The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Xavier University in collaborative with American Jewish Committee (AJC Cincinnati); Crossroads Church; Festival of Faiths Cincinnati; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Interfaith Cincy, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati; Women Helping Women; the President's Office of Xavier University; Xavier University’s Center for Faith and Justice and Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice;and the YWCA Greater Cincinnati.

Our Programming:

1:30-2:00 - Registration/Shmoozing

2:00 - Panel: "Faith, Community, and Accountability: What are the sources of wisdom and challenge in addressing Gender Based Violence in communities of faith?"

Panelists:

Shakila Ahmad, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

Dr. Satinder S. Bharaj, Guru Nanak Society of Greater Cincinnati

Dr. Ashley Theuring, Xavier University: Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice

Rabbi Irvin Wise, Adath Israel Congregation

3:15 - Break-out Sessions (Choose 1)

(1) An Introduction to Gender-Based Violence – Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault, & Stalking

In this breakout session, we will introduce gender-based violence, including the topics of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking. By the end of this session, participants will be familiar with definitions, prevalence, aspects of power and control relationships, barriers faced by survivors, helpful interventions and response, and resources available.

(2) In Her Shoes – An Interactive Educational Experience about Domestic Violence

In this breakout session, participants will have the opportunity to move, act, think, and make choices like a person experiencing an abusive relationship. Used as a tool to help cultivate empathy for those in violent situations, In Her Shoes will connect participants to the daily life of a survivor of domestic violence, while giving them insight into the obstacles survivors often face.

(3) Models of Faith Community Action

In this breakout session, participants will learn about the development, structure and outreach practices of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati’s (ICGC) response to intimate partner and sexual violence and harassment at various levels of the community. By the end of this session, participants will be familiar with how the ICGC’s team created policies and procedures to handle sexual violence and harassment situations while providing survivors emotional support, wrap around and safety team assistance, a hotline, and education and mapping to resources. Additionally, ICGC provides education to service providers on culturally sensitive issues and best practices in assisting Muslim clients. This session is aimed at clergy, lay leaders, and organizational staff.

(4) Divine Interventions: Building Skills to Stop Interpersonal Violence

You don’t have to be a deity to intervene in harmful situations. This workshop will give participants practical strategies to interrupt and de-escalate harmful behaviors, such as discrimination, harassment, and assault.

4:30 - Knowing Better, Doing Better: Where Do We Go From Here?

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