What do colonization and decolonization have to do with sexual violence? An exploration into liberation-based healing


Date of Publication
April, 2021


Colonialism and coloniality imposed a way of organizing relations of production, cosmologies, ways of knowing and being in which individuals, families and communities adapted and transformed adversity. Sexual violence was central to the process of mestizaje that took place in Central, South and the Southern U. S. and created more complex categories of oppression.

In this workshop, I discuss the meanings and impacts of sexual violence in reorganizing power, gender, class, race and sexual orientation in Latinx communities. I explore ways to consciously move away from colonizing practices and toward borderland liberating ways of working in clinical practice by relocating the concepts of trauma and resilience to a space where their western definition can dialogue with and be transformed by local experiences and contexts. We will discuss what liberation perspectives may look like by considering systemic perspectives that incorporate our relationship with non-human beings, space, time, history and social context.

Who should attend: advocates, therapists, managers.

CEUs Pending!

Priority registration will be given to Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) sexual assault services and prevention grantees and Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Program (WCSAP) members. All other registrants will be admitted on a space available basis. Registration is subject to the approval of WCSAP.

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