NSAC 2022 Preview – Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss

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RALIANCE is excited to join next week’s 2022 National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC). This year’s theme is Embracing Intersectionality. Intersectionality is a term coined by advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw to capture the idea that every person’s identity intersects a number categories across race, gender, sex, class and other markers of our society. Embracing intersectionality plays an important role in making any culture—work or otherwise—a comfortable environment for all.

The virtual conference takes place next week, August 17-19. In this blog, we are highlighting three sessions featuring leaders at RALIANCE that we’d recommend you attend.

1. Creating a More Equitable Workplace: Ending Forced Arbitration | Wednesday, August 17, 1-2:30pm ET

In April, the United States Congress passed legislation prohibiting forced arbitration in federal contracts thanks to the passionate efforts of many survivor activists including leadership from Gretchen Carlson. This panel discussion will provide an overview of the new law, the journey to get there and resources and suggestions for advocates supporting survivors of workplace sexual violence to expand their individual and systems advocacy.


∙   Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson is an American broadcast journalist and was one of the first high publicity cases of 2016’s #MeToo movement.

∙   Julia Duncan is the Senior Director of Government Affairs at American Association for Justice.

∙   Monika Johnson Hostler is a founding member and Managing Partner of RALIANCE.

∙   Sandra Henriquez is a founding member and Managing Partner of RALIANCE.

2. Be Part of the Solution: How Our Movement Can Connect with and Lead Other Sectors Looking to Prevent and Address Sexual Violence | Thursday, August 18, 1-2:30pm ET

In the five years since the #MeToo hashtag went viral, the movement has seen well-meaning people, organizations and local governments get more involved in preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors. But what happens when those well-meaning actions are not well informed, resulting in practices that have a negligible impact, or worse, on survivors and on communities? Join RALIANCE for this session to empower local advocates and prevention practitioners to lead their local communities, organizations, and other entities on the path to impactful prevention and survivor support


∙   Sandra Henriquez is a founding member and Managing Partner of RALIANCE.

∙   Yolanda Edrington is the Managing Director for RALIANCE.

∙   Tori VandeLinde is a Project Manager at RALIANCE.

3. Classifying Sexual Misconduct & Violence: How RALIANCE’s Taxonomy Advances Equity | Friday, August 19 1-2:30pm ET

Organizations and businesses have a duty to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct and violence that may occur when people use their products or when employees are at work. In order to do that, they need to know what kinds of sexual harassment and violence are occurring. A taxonomy is a system of classification to organize, define and name different things, in this case, behaviors of sexual harassment and violence. RALIANCE’s Sexual Misconduct and Violence Taxonomy© can help people understand what sexual misconduct and sexual violence are, using plain language and behaviorally-specific definitions. RALIANCE is also developing a new tool to account for the ways that systemic power & oppression connect with sexual misconduct and violence. Join this session to learn how this tool is being used to prevent and end abuse across sectors & the implications and opportunities to integrate anti-oppression in the classification of sexual misconduct & violence reports.


∙   Tori VandeLinde is a Project Manager at RALIANCE.

∙   David S. Lee is the Research and Evaluation Director of RALIANCE.

∙   Anita Raj, Ph.D., is the Tata Chancellor Professor for Society and Health and the Director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) at the University of California, San Diego.

∙   Jennifer Yore, MPH, is the Senior Research Program Manager for the Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) at the University of California, San Diego.

Entering its 17th year, NSAC continues to foster the most critical conversations around support and advocacy for survivors as well as the end of sexual violence once and for all. RALIANCE is eager to lead these fruitful conversations once again for this year’s attendees. Registration ends on August 15th. Sign up today!

RALIANCE is a trusted adviser for organizations committed to building cultures that are safe, equitable, and respectful. RALIANCE offers unparalleled expertise in serving survivors of sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse which drives our mission to help organizations across sectors create inclusive environments for all. For more information, please visit www.RALIANCE.org.


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