UWEC Forum Series: Jackson Katz, Gender Violence Expert
The basis of Katz's Forum presentation and his life's work is in turning the tables on sexual assault, not only in how we describe it but in how we educate about it. Katz emphasizes how the power of language and the passive voice has placed the responsibility of ending sexual assault on women, instead of addressing the men who are most often the perpetrators of sexual violence against women.
"In this sense using active language is itself a political act. It puts the onus of responsibility on those who engage in abusive behaviors. Asking the question: 'How many men raped women?' rather than 'How many women were raped?' is much more likely to lead to actions that prevent rape, because it shines the spotlight in the direction of the source of the problem," Katz says.
Katz conducts training worldwide in the areas of bystander intervention, workplace sexual harassment, military assault prevention, and others. Katz works with government and NGO's around the globe to address the issues of sexual violence, and has developed models and strategies for ending sexual violence in schools, sports, businesses, cultures and the military.
Cost: $8 GA, $6 uwec faculty/staff/senior, $4 youth/students