I hope everyone who was able to attend the Day One 2014 Conference last week enjoyed the day as much as I did! For those who couldn’t attend, we are already working on securing a date for next year’s conference.
This year’s theme was “Connecting to Create a Future Free of Sexual Violence” and all of our sessions stemmed from that central concept. The fight against sexual violence can’t be done in a vacuum; there are so many people that need to be a part of the process. From law enforcement and medical professionals, to advocates like Day One and service providers, to families and schools, and more, sexual violence is a community problem that demands a community response.
Our educational sessions addressed everything from online risk factors to college sexual assault to yoga therapy for complex trauma. We heard from a brave survivor of campus sexual assault. Panel presentations took a hard look at the issues of child sex trafficking in Rhode Island and a multi-disciplinary team approach to child sexual abuse cases. Additional sessions offered insight into how to engage youth in sexual assault prevention and multi-cultural factors in trauma treatment.
There were lively discussions and thoughtful questions in all of the sessions. We were treated to a performance by A Long Walk Home for the keynote presentation that was both emotional and inspiring.
Thanks to all who joined us! You can check out all of the photos from the day here.