Rep. Davis to Host Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Event
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that he will be hosting a Sexual Assault Prevention and Education event at 10:00am on Thursday, September 25, in the Circus Room at the Bone Student Center, Illinois State University.
“In the 13th Congressional District alone, there are more than 45,000 female students attending the nine universities and colleges,” said Davis. “The CDC estimates that 19 percent of undergraduate women have experienced sexual assault since entering college, so that means more than 8,500 women attending college in central and southwest Illinois are likely to experience a sexual assault while on campus.
“As a father of a daughter preparing to go to college, this issue is deeply personal to me. We have the moral obligation to do whatever is necessary to reverse these numbers, and it is my hope that this event will help start a dialogue within our campus communities and connect organizations from across the district who are involved with this issue every day.”
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Education event will help shine a light on campus sexual assault by featuring a panel with seven guest speakers to lead the discussion on the issue and participate in a conversation about how we can help in the fight to address sexual assault on campuses across the country.
The guest speakers include:
• Kim Wells, Executive Director of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence;
• Gail Trimpe-Morrow, Coordinator of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services at Illinois State University;
• Molly McLay, Assistant Director of the Women's Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC);
• Brooke Barnhart, senior at Illinois State University and president of FLAME (The Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empower);
• Elizabeth Rardin, Prevention Educator for the YWCA McLean County Stepping Stones program;
• Chief Aaron Woodruff, Chief of Police for Illinois State University;
• Sgt. Joan Fiesta, oversees the Crime Prevention and Training Units for the University of Illinois Police.
Rep. Davis is a co-sponsor of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, bipartisan legislation which takes aim at sexual assaults on college and university campuses by protecting and empowering students, strengthening accountability and transparency for institutions and establishing stiff penalties for non-compliance with the legislation’s new standards for training, data and best practices.
The event is free and open to the public. The media is welcome to attend. For more information or to RSVP to attend the event, please contact Jen White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217.403.4690.
Kim Wells: Kim Wells is the Executive Director of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, a leading force in the fight against domestic violence, and is the only national organization of its kind founded by business leaders and focused on the workplace.
Nationally, Kim serves as a member of the National Advisory Board for the National Family Justice Center Alliance, the Advisory Board for the Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program, the Verizon Foundation Domestic Violence Advisory Board, and the Workplace Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women.
Recently, Kim began working with the National Football League (NFL) to provide guidance on domestic violence and sexual assault education and policy.
Formerly Kim served a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, the liaison to the American Medical Association National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse for the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence.
In Illinois, Kim is a core faculty member of the Illinois Attorney General’s Victim Assistance Academy, and has been a member of the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women in Illinois Violence Reduction Working Group. She co-chaired the Promotion Committee for the State of Illinois as it developed and distributed a statewide model policy for partner violence and sexual assault and the workplace.
On state and local levels, Kim is a member of the Steering Committee of the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council, in addition to serving on the 11th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council Planning Committee and co-chairing the McLean County Domestic Violence Task Force Youth and Children Work Group. She serves on the advisory boards of the local domestic violence and sexual assault programs in McLean County, IL.
Kim is former adjunct faculty Illinois State University in Normal, IL, and Heartland Community College in Normal, IL, and continues to guest lecture at both institutions. She is a graduate of the LEADERSHIP AMERICA 1999 American Issues Forum.
Kim is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer in the United States and internationally on topics such as partner violence and the workplace, workplace violence, organizational ethics and leadership.
Internationally, she has assisted the Australian government and Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality in Israel in creating business partnerships to address intimate partner violence as a workplace issue and has worked in Jordan to help build public-private partnerships between businesses and NGOs in that country.
Gail Trimpe-Morrow: graduate of Indiana State University, she holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and has completed two years of post-Master’s study. She is a licensed professional counselor and for the past fourteen years has served as the Coordinator of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services at Illinois State University. Her responsibilities include coordination of prevention/awareness initiatives on the Illinois State University campus, and working with and advocating for, student survivors of sexual violence.
Molly McLay: Molly McLay is an Assistant Director of the Women's Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Her duties include teaching courses on sexual assault awareness and prevention, coordinating the First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education Program, and collaborating with campus and community leaders on student empowerment initiatives, including Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Molly is a licensed social worker with a Master of Social Work from UIUC and a Bachelor of Arts in English writing and women's studies from Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU). She volunteers with Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services in Urbana and a women's mentorship council at IWU.
Brooke Barnhart: Brooke is a senior at Illinois State University. She is a Political Science major and a Women's and Gender Studies minor. She is the president of FLAME (The Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empower). She has been involved in putting on events such as Take Back the Night, The Clothesline Project, and The Vagina Monologues. She is passionate about bringing attention to issues of oppression and fighting for equality for all peoples regardless of gender, race, nationality, class, sexuality, ability, etc.
Elizabeth Rardin: Elizabeth is a Prevention Educator for the YWCA McLean County Stepping Stones program. Stepping Stones, YWCA’s sexual assault program, provides 24-hour assistance for sexual assault and sexual abuse victims and their families in McLean County. This free, confidential service also serves as the central sexual assault resource for McLean County. Services focus on empowering survivors, their families, and their friends on the path of healing, building relationships with professionals and agencies that will be part of the process, and educating the community about sexual assault.
Chief Aaron Woodruff: Aaron Woodruff was appointed as the 4th Chief of Police for Illinois State University in May of 2011. Since then Chief Woodruff has continued to strengthen the department’s efforts at enhancing diversity, community policing, and safety on campus. Chief Woodruff has over 16 years of law enforcement experience with Illinois State University and the Town of Normal. He is an honor graduate of Western Illinois University, and has a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. He is also a graduate of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, the Illinois Law Enforcement Executive Institute Program on Police Executive Leadership, and the prestigious FBI National Academy.
Sgt. Joan Fiesta: Sgt. Joan Fiesta oversees the Crime Prevention and Training Units for the University of Illinois Police. She facilitates the development of community partnerships between the police department and various resources. The partnerships around dating violence and sexual assault become a system of prevention and care that is especially important to students in a college or university setting. Formerly, she trained instructors in the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems basic system of self-defense. She remains an active trainer of women, children and men in personal empowerment safety education through radKIDS and RAD. She also sits on the board of Rape Advocacy Counseling and Education Services, the community-based rape crisis center serving four counties in East Central Illinois.