National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s College, Universities and Service Academies

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s colleges and universities. Secretaries of the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force will host the event April 4-5 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland to advance national dialogue at the college and university level regarding the scourge of sexual harassment and assault.

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“Sexual assault and sexual harassment are unacceptable threats to effective education and causes long term physical and mental harm on our students. We owe the next generation a safe and secure environment to achieve the education they deserve.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s future leaders, innovators, and providers. They trust us to provide a safe and supportive learning environment, but sexual assault and sexual harassment undermine this social contract we have made with our students, cadets, and midshipmen. We have a responsibility to attack these destructive behaviors on our campuses with a sense of urgency.  We must work together to fulfill the sacred responsibility we have to our students.

“We must enforce a culture of respect, accountability, and ethical standards. I am dedicated to driving down sexual assaults and sexual harassment and creating a ‘zero tolerance’ for these actions across the DON.”

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer

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Biographies

Joanne Davila (Stony Brook University)

Joanne Davila (Stony Brook University)

Joanne Davila

Joanne Davila is a professor of Psychology and the director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University. She is an internationally known expert on romantic relationships and mental health. She has published widely in this area and is the co-author (with K. Lashman) of “The Thinking Girl’s Guide to the Right Guy: How Knowing Yourself Can Help You Navigate Dating, Hookups, and Love” (Guilford Press). She is a fellow in the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association (Division 12: Clinical Psychology) and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and is the editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist who specializes in evidence-based interventions for relationship problems, anxiety and depression.

Walter DeKeseredy (West Virginia University)

Walter DeKeseredy (West Virginia University)

Walter DeKeseredy Walter DeKeseredy is chair of Social Sciences, director of the Research Center on Violence, and professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. He has published 25 books, 100 scientific journal articles and 83 scholarly book chapters on violence against women and other social problems. He has won numerous awards to include Criminologist of the Year, Distinguished Scholar Award, Research Excellence Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Career Achievement Award.

Vicki Magley (University of Connecticut)

Vicki Magley (University of Connecticut)

Vicki MagleyVicki Magley is a professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She has been studying sexual harassment for 25 years, focusing on its antecedents and consequences for both individuals and organizations, as well as how both individuals and organizations manage sexual harassment. She has advised the World Bank Group, Army, Air Force and National Park Service on sexual harassment climate change efforts and consulting with the U.S. Department of Interior. Most recently, she was one of the research experts on the National Academies of Sciences consensus study on sexual harassment in academia.

Emily Rothman (Boston University School of Public Health)

Emily Rothman (Boston University School of Public Health)

Emily Rothman Emily Rothman is a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health with secondary appointments at the Boston University School of Medicine in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. She is also a visiting scientist at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and scholar affiliated with the Ortner Center on Violence and Abuse in Relationships at the University of Pennsylvania. She has authored more than 100 publications that span the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, firearm violence and pornography.

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