Sexual abuse and violence are pervasive in our society. Adults who have experienced sexual trauma are at risk of PTSD, depression, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, alcohol and illicit drug use, suicidal behavior and suicidal threats, physical symptoms, and severe preoccupations with physical appearances (Yuan, Koss, & Stone, 2006). Children who have experienced sexual trauma are at risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, suicide, alcohol problems, and eating disorders (Yuan, Koss, & Stone, 2006). Nearly 45 percent of women and 25 percent of men reported experiencing some form of sexual abuse or violence during their lifetime, but 64 percent do not report to law enforcement (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011).

This series aims to build more awareness around sexual abuse and violence and provide perspective and information about resources and best practices for providers who work with clients who may have experienced or are experiencing sexual abuse, violence, or assault. In this series we will focus on general awareness and overview, a survivor’s experience, the male perspective, community-based interventions, and conclude with best practices.


February 17, 2017 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Sexual Violence, Assault, and Abuse Overview

Presenters: Josie Torielli, LCSW, Assistant Director of Intervention Program, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault and Jamal Alsarraj, Deputy Director, NYC Family Justice Center, Bronx, Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence

This is the first webinar of the Shattering Walls Series. This series aims to build more awareness around sexual abuse and violence and provide perspective and information about resources and best practices for providers who work with clients who may have experienced or are experiencing sexual abuse, violence, or assault. In this series we will focus on general awareness and overview, a survivor’s experience, the male perspective, community based interventions, and conclude with best practices.

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March 23, 2017 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Breaking the Silence

Presenter: Sarah Super, M.Ed.

Breaking the Silence is an overview of the importance of coming forward as a survivor of sexual assault. Survivors can do this simply by stating their name and that they are a survivor; Sarah will share her story of assault and healing.

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April 5, 2017 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Understanding Childhood Sexual Abuse

Presenter: Dennis Tyson, MPA, Founder and Director of O’Brien Dennis Initiative

This webinar will present information about the experience of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) of boys and men. The varying types of sexual abuse will be explored as well as dispelling myths about childhood sexual abuse and perpetrators. Special attention will be given to the ripple effects of CSA, how boys and men respond differently than females to CSA, and how the cycle of victim to abuser can occur. There will be a discussion about the myriad of interventions that promote recovery from the trauma of CSA, and how providers can optimize their ability to assist victims of CSA in their healing.

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May 11, 2017 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

Community Based Interventions

Presenter: Mimi Kim, MSW, PhD

This webinar gives us an introductory historical examination of the intimate partner violence movement and its eventual reliance on carceral practices and policies. It will then discuss contemporary community-based interventions (commonly labeled transformative justice interventions), which build on community relationships and strengths instead of a dependence on incarceration and police interventions.

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June 8, 2017 | 12:00pm-1:00pm

Best Practices

Presenter: Josie Torielli, LCSW, Assistant Director of Intervention Program, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

This webinar will provide an overview of best practices for those providers who work with survivors of sexual violence and/or assault. There will be an overview of trauma and exercises to help providers learn some of the best practices to best help and support clients who have survived these experiences.

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