Conference to highlight healing after sexual assault


YELLOW SPRINGS — At the Second Restorative Justice Conference, slated for Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 , speakers and trainers will focus on healing harms in sexual and family violence. The hosting sponsors, Community Empowerment Organization (CEO), and Antioch College, have announced that registration remains open at https://tinyurl.com/rj-tickets.

“Twenty people are physically abused per minute by an intimate partner in the U.S.,” said Jalyn Roe, interim director of CEO. Conference attendees will learn about and practice applying practical, human-centered restorative justice principles and methods in real and all-too-frequent human situations.

On Friday, June 1, at the Community Circle at Yellow Springs’ Bryan Center, 100 Dayton Street, guest speakers will be joined at 7:30 p.m. by Yellow Springs Mayor Pam Conine; Raymond TeKorako Ruka, Maori elder and priest of Waitaha; and Richard Biehl, director and chief of police, Dayton Police Department. Tickets will be required for Saturday’s all-day training at Antioch College, based on the featured speakers’ work with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. They will discuss and demonstrate the role of restorative practices in deepening healing and closure for victims.

Returning from last fall’s RJ symposium is Duke Fisher, lead trainer at Learning Labs, Inc., and at the Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice. Fisher is a facilitator and mediator who is committed to building bridges to all participants in restorative justice and ensuring their needs are honored. He will be joined by Dr. Joan Pennell, professor of social work and founding director of the Center for Family and Community Engagement at North Carolina State University, which focuses on family-centered practice and family engagement; and Kaaren M. Williamsen, director of the sexual assault prevention and awareness center at the University of Michigan, where she leads the university’s sexual and intimate violence response, education and prevention efforts. All three have applied restorative justice in varied settings.

Ticket prices are listed on the signup site; a limited number of price waivers are available. For information about waivers, or about becoming a sponsoring partner for this or future restorative justice conferences, contact ceononprofit00@gmail.com or jberman@antiochcollege.edu.

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