Bellarmine Hosts YWCA Educators as its Human Dignity Justice Topic of Gender Continues

Posted: March 25, 2019

As Bellarmine College Preparatory continues its year-long exploration of the topic of gender as its Summit on Human Dignity, the school hosted educators from YWCA Silicon Valley during several concurrent assemblies held on March 25 on the topics of Sexual Assault Awareness and Consent.

The YWCA emphasized how a culture of consent is essential in all relationships, and presented age-appropriate information to each of the groups. Harassment was explained in both its obvious and less obvious forms, so that inappropriate behavior could be identified, which was then followed by practical strategies for what to do when such inappropriate behavior is observed. Myths and realities about sexual assault were also conveyed.

According to the YWCA Silicon Valley presenters from the organization’s Education and Outreach Department, every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. For immediate in-person crisis assistance and counseling services, the organization’s 24-hour Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking Support Line phone number is: 1-800-572-2782.

Among the goals of Bellarmine’s justice summit on gender, we strove to: describe how social institutions and power structures create gender expectations, identify subtle or invisible ways in which gender bias and sexism prevent respect for human dignity, engage in compassionate conversation around gender with peers who have different experiences and views, and reflect on God's call for justice and act accordingly to promote gender equity and inclusion.

The justice theme is coordinated by faculty members Katie Bauman, Emily Rosenbaum, and Ben Sigrist. Previous justice themes at Bellarmine have included poverty, human trafficking, sustainability, immigration, hunger, and race.

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