Brown Bag Luncheon Program by Assistant Professor Wendy Gilbert

URBANA, Ohio (April 11, 2012) - The public is invited to an Urbana University Brown Bag Luncheon for a program entitled “Labeling Sexual Violence” by Wendy Perkins Gilbert, assistant professor of criminal justice director of the master’s program in criminal justice administration, on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Moore Conference room, lower level of the Student Center. Attendees may bring a lunch or purchase items at the White Family Grill on the main level of the Student Center.

Ms. Gilbert earned a M.S. and A.B.D. degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and is currently completing her Ph.D. in criminal justice at UC. She is a former police officer and has worked extensively with victims of sexual and domestic violence. Her research areas are victimology, policing, and criminal justice theory. She is married with two children and lives in Mason, Ohio.

The labeling of sexual violence is an important step in preventing sexual victimization, holding offenders accountable, and providing victims with services to help them heal physically and mentally. While many people experience such victimization, most do not place the label of "rape" or "sexual assault" on their experiences. There are many reasons why people are reluctant to label themselves as a victim of sexual violence, and many factors related to the labeling decision. The presentation will address all of these issues and address the implications for public sexual assault education.

This is the final program in the 2011 -2012 series of monthly Brown Bag Lunches sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. A new series of lunchtime programs will begin in the fall.


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