“What Rape Culture means” community forum at DGT

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    “Our program on Monday July 23rd from 12-1pm will be a Community Forum on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Ending Rape Culture.

    As a society, these issues have gone under-discussed and untreated for far too long. With the advent of #MeToo & Time’s Up, we must all take ownership of our role in rape culture and learn how to dismantle systems that protect abusers and revictimize survivors.

    DGT will be hosting this impromptu forum to equip our members, the Southern Arizona community, and the Democratic community with the skills and advocacy tools needed to build a better, safer world.

    We are very excited to have Kristyn Randel of Justice Alliance: Indivisible Southern Arizona to help guide us through this discussion, as well as Victoria Steele who will be speaking from her background both as a Counselor to survivors of Domestic Violence and as a community activist, Co-Founder of Tucson National Organization for Women. (We have reached out to a few other individuals and groups to have as many resources and experiences from which we can learn, we will update any additional RSVPs in the comments!)

    Please come ready to listen and to learn. This is a very difficult and vulnerable topic, and there will be survivors of violence in attendance. What they choose to share or not share about their experiences is entirely at their discretion, no one else’s.

    We reserve the right to ask anyone who behaves inappropriately or otherwise compromises the purpose of this forum to leave to ensure a positive learning environment for both listeners and sharers.

    The program will start at noon at Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N Bonita Ave). We will be collecting monetary donations for Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse (EmergeCenter.org) and continuing to collect reusable water bottles, canned proteins, and hygiene products for Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.”

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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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