“To Speak or Not to Speak: Women, Secrets and Sexual Violence”

    October 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    UA Poetry Center
    Helen S.Schaefer Bldg
    1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85719

    Hosted by University of Arizona Poetry Center and 2 others

    “How do women choose to speak or not speak about personal experiences of sexual violence? Rape culture silences victims of sexual violence, and while social movements such as #Beenrapedneverreported (2014) and#Metoo (2018) have worked to undo this silencing, they have succeeded by both facilitating collective speech and acknowledging a woman’s right to keep secrets. If doubt is a common response to speaking out, then for women, speaking cannot be presented as the only solution. Acknowledging that speaking does not necessarily cure, Martine Delvaux explores how women navigate secrecy in order to think about secrets as a radical feminist tool.

    Sponsored by Martha Durkin and YWCA Southern Arizona.”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


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