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John T. O'Connor Senior Citizen's Center

611 Winona Street

Knoxville, TN 37917

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This session will focus on sexual assault and older adults. Join us to learn about sexual assault statistics, definition and laws. Barriers to reporting, victims response, trauma informed, and how to normalize reactions will also be discussed. In addition, services offered by the Sexual Assault of East Tennessee center will be shared.

About the Speakers:

Brittany Thompson, B.A., has been working in Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Victim Services for almost four years. Brittany started in domestic violence legal advocacy and worked directly with both victims in court and victims in shelter. Brittany then moved to the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee to work directly with victims of sexual violence. Brittany was given the opportunity of a promotion at the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee to the Education and Prevention Team Lead. Brittany has been the lead of this department for over one year and has spent that year growing the prevention and education in the area, and utilizing conferences and trainings relevant to sexual violence prevention.

Dr. Winchester's educational background includes a Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology/Guidance from UT Knoxville, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Davidson College. He has significant clinical experience in the field of sexual abuse/assault, having been a therapist at the Project Against Sexual Abuse of Appalachian Children (PASAAC) from 1988-1996, and the Program Coordinator of that program for the last seven of those years. During that time, he also served as a member of the Knox County Child Abuse Review Team, and was one of the trainers in the highly-regarded Knoxville Institute for Sexual Abuse Treatment Training (KISATT). He has served two stints as an Executive Director in the nonprofit realm, for the Florence Crittenton Agency and Big Brothers Big Sisters, been a middle school guidance counselor in both Tennessee and North Carolina, and been a full time faculty member in Graduate Education/Counseling for Lincoln Memorial University. Along with his current part time Outreach/Education position in the Sexual Assault Center, he continues to teach in LMU's Graduate Counseling program as an Adjunct Instructor. In conjunction with the aforementioned roles and positions, Dr. Winchester has provided training and education on a variety of topics over the years related to families, sexuality, counseling, sexual abuse, and mental health in school, agency, community, college, and graduate school settings.

For questions, contact DLyvers@ethra.org or call 865-691-2551, ext. 4818.

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