Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

Leadership program about to launch, Thoughts on Kavanaugh, Adolescents & pornography - Fall 2018 Newsletter

Message from Executive Director Susan B. Sorenson. Applications are due Nov. 9th for the new executive program - Social Impact Strategies: Ending Violence & Abuse in Relationships. Recent education and engagement activities include a university-wide diversity lecture on sexual assault, a NYC alumnae salon, a graduate course, an undergraduate course, and work on legislation to close the "boyfriend loophole." Get advance notice of events next semester, too.

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On September 27, 2018, Professor Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she had been sexually assaulted by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh testified that no such thing had occurred. The hearing and all that followed was a topic of heated debate not just in the Committee but across the nation. Ortner Center faculty with expertise in sexual assault, adolescence, and criminology offer their thoughts and reactions here

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In a recent talk at Penn, sponsored by Ortner Center, Emily Rothman, ScD, professor of public health at Boston University and a Penn Visiting Scholar, shared results from her studies on pornography – what teens learn & why it matters. Read more here.


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