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Raped or “Seduced”? How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence

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December 10, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Raped or “Seduced”? How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015

Time: 3-4:30 PM EST  |  2-3:30 PM CST  |  1-2:30 PM MST  |  12-1:30 PM PST

Presenter: Claudia J. Bayliff, Project Attorney, National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum

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Description: “Language can never be neutral; it creates versions of reality.” Yet when we discuss sexual assault, we constantly use the language of consensual sex to describe assaultive acts. This language often implies consent and romance, rather than criminal acts. In addition, we describe violence against women in passive terms, allowing the perpetrators of this violence to remain invisible and unaccountable. We also use language that objectifies or blames sexual assault victims.

This interactive webinar will explore the language of sexual assault: how we talk about and write about this crime. We will discuss specific examples of the language we use and explore how to discuss sexual assault in a way that more accurately depicts the crime.

Audience: This session will provide useful information and strategies for a wide variety of professionals, including prosecutors and other lawyers, law enforcement, medical professionals, judges, victim advocates, journalists and communications professionals, and others who talk about and write about sexual assault.

Registration and Call-In Information: To register for this webinar, click here and follow instructions for registration. If the link does not open, copy and paste the following link into your browser: You will be sent a confirmation email with instructions for accessing the webinar. Registration will close at 5 PM EST on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Registration will be capped at 500 participants.

Closed Captioning: If you require closed captioning, please indicate so in the section of the online registration form labeled “Other Accessibility Requirements.”

Technical Difficulties: If you experience technical difficulties registering for the webinar, please contact Lena Barsky, NJEP Program Associate, at, and put “Difficulty Registering for Language Webinar” in the subject line.