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Rape - Who Cares? Interrupting a culture of violence? Panel Discussion Thursday

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Rape. "1.3 women (ages 18 and over) in the United States are forcibly raped each minute. That translates to 78 per hour, 1,871 per day, or 683,000 per year."

An American woman has a 25 to 26 percent chance of being raped in her lifetime (1 in 4). (Greenberg, Bruess and Haffner, 573; Horowitz, 413; Lips, 233).

On Thursday, December 12, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., there will be a panel discussion about rape culture; how it's been impacted by social media, and how we and the major media outlets have responded to it at the Experimental Station. The event is part of the Illinois Humanities Council’s program, The Public Square, which fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and political issues with an emphasis on social justice.

Dr. Salamishah Tillet, a rape survivor, writer, and associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will present "How Ending Violence Against Women Will Save the World.” Following her talk, local advocates will join Dr. Tillet in exploring what rape culture is, and how the widespread use of social networks has fueled its growth.

Local advocates will include UIC Professor Beth Elaine Richie, WBEZ’s Natalie Yvonne Moore, Rape Victim Advocates’ Sharmili Majmudar, and Claudia Garcia Rojas of the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women.

This event is free and open to the public, though reservations are required.

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