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VOICES Symposium April 7, 2017 @UIC

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UIC Forum

725 W. Roosevelt Road

Chicago, IL 60608

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VOICES Symposium

Beyond Title IX: Addressing the Challenges of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in Campus Communities


University of Illinois at Chicago


2.45 CLE's available


8:30 am -9:00 am

Registration/Check In

9:00 am -9:15 am

Welcome and Introduction

9:00 am -9:05am

Chancellor Michael Amiridis, University of Illinois at Chicago

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx

9:30 am -10:15 am

Keynote: The Internet & Intimate Partner Violence: Technology Changes, Abuse Doesn’t

Jane Anderson, Attorney Advisor

AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, Washington, DC

In intimate partner violence, as with other tactics of abuse, the goal of the abuser in misusing technology and online spaces is to exert power and control over the victim. While more traditional tactics of physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse still occur, technology – the Internet, devices, and applications – is now another tool for abusers. Technology offers more opportunities for abusers and, unfortunately, the misuse of technology poses additional challenges for investigators and prosecutors who may not be familiar with the types of digital evidence that will be needed at trial. Additionally, many service providers are still struggling with how to address this seemingly “new type” of abuse.

10:30 am -11:30 am

Breakout Session 1:

A. Preserving Peace: Managing Vicarious Trauma

DeVona Alleyne, M.A., M.Div.

Rape Victim Advocates (RVA)

This workshop intends to introduce the concept of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue as a consequence of unmanaged trauma exposure response, to experientially introduce mindful awareness, and to encourage examination of how as a campus administrator the trauma of students we are working with can impact us. This workshop will cover the topics of:

  • Review of rape trauma syndrome, PTSD, depression, dissociation, and acute stress disorder as experienced by survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic violence
  • Trauma exposure response and the inevitability of being affected, positively and negatively, by the trauma of those we serve
  • Oppressive structural, systemic and institutional pressures that might contribute to trauma exposure response
  • Mindful awareness as a means of monitoring one’s trauma exposure response and its path toward compassion fatigue
  • Self-care strategies to combat vicarious trauma.

B. The Positionality Puzzle: Exploring Holistic Approaches to the Many Faces of Dating Violence

Lillian Cartwright, Training Coordinator

The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network

Intimate partner violence can be experienced in a variety of ways. Someone may be a victim themselves, may know a victim, may know a perpetrator, or may be the perpetrator. No matter the individual’s specific positionality to the issue, a strong and supportive collective response by administrators is vital so that these individuals are not left alone in the struggle. Join Lillian Cartwright, Training Coordinator with the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, for a workshop examining how to engage students in making sense of their situation, applying language to what they are experiencing, and weighing different options on how to respond to dating violence.


Jane Anderson, Attorney Advisor


Alcohol is the most common weapon used to facilitate sexual assault. Offenders use alcohol because it renders victims vulnerable, affects memory, and impairs judgment and physical ability. Its unique toxicological effects, widespread use, and ease of consumption make it ideal for offenders who commit sexual assaults. Of course, some of the same factors that make alcohol such a perfect weapon also present unique challenges for investigators, prosecutors, and other allied professionals in alcohol-facilitated sexual assault (AFSA) cases.

This presentation will explore common issues and challenges related to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases where alcohol is present. More specifically, it will focus on identifying corroborating evidence, interviewing victims, basic toxicology, the effect of societal attitudes about alcohol on determinations of victim credibility, and trial strategies. In addition, this presentation will promote a victim-centered response that incorporates offender-focused strategies for effective investigation and prosecution of AFSA cases.

11:30 am -11:45 am


11:45 am -12:45 pm

Breakout Session 2

A. "A Perfect Victim"

Megan Blomquist, Director of Education and Training

Rape Victim Advocates (RVA)

Growing up in our society we are taught both explicitly and implicitly what sexual assault victims look like, how they act, and where they come from. Until we expressly challenge ourselves to dig deeper, these conclusions affect our attitudes and behaviors around the issue of sexual assault. Join Megan E. Blomquist, Director of Education and Training for an interactive and exploratory workshop on the myth of the "perfect victim".

B. Pulling Back the Curtain on Title IX: Examining Barriers to Safety in Higher Education

Join us for an honest, open conversation on the challenges and issues Title IX professionals and other administrators face when engaging in prevention, response, and resolution of gender-based violence cases. Ish Orkar, of Life Span and the VOICES Civil Attorney, will moderate an esteemed panel of experts in exploring the decisions administrators must contend with when weighing institutional responsibilities and student safety. Panel members include:

  • Sharron M. Evans, JD, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
  • Bridget Collier, Interim Associate Provost & Director, Office for Equal Opportunity Programs
  • Debbie Osgood, Partner, Education Group, Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd.
  • Christine Evans, Legal Director, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

C. #Guilty

Jane Anderson, Attorney Advisor


We are becoming increasingly reliant on computers, smartphones, and other digital devices to accomplish a variety of personal and professional tasks. As our use of technology continues to grow, offenders continue to identify ways to exploit technology and our use of it to facilitate crimes, including as a means to intimidate and assert power and control over current and past intimate partners. Where technology is being used to perpetrate crimes, investigators and prosecutors can use evidence of its use to strengthen cases, support victims, and hold offenders accountable for the full range of their criminal activity.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-WE-AX-0046 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Parking and Venue Information

Accessibility: If you have any questions, or have a disability and require an accommodation, please email UIC Forum is a fully accessibly venue. Gender neutral restrooms available.

Parking: UIC Forum has two options for the VOICES Symposium.

Parking is located two blocks west of the UIC Forum at 1135 S. Morgan St. Lot 5. The parking fee is $10.00. Please be sure to let the attendant know that you are attending an event at the Forum.

There is a parking garage located at 701 West Maxwell Street at the Maxwell Street Parking Structure. This garage is a block south of the UIC Forum and parking is $11.50 for 4.5 hours.

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