Disrupting rape culture from within

The topic of sexual violence is a sensitive one in so many ways, for so many reasons. And as leaders, strategists and professionals, we have a responsibility and moral obligation to model accountability, agency, and a commitment to care and cultural sensitivity, especially in times of conflict. How we do that determines morale within and ultimately impacts and our values and how our communities and audiences see us. What’s at stake when the institutions we build or the spaces we create struggle within to prioritize safety and agency for its employees and stakeholders is broken trust, misalignment, and fueling the broken systems that diminish our human-ness and collective power. The ‘me too.’ Movement has changed the way we think about sexual violence by expanding conversations about survivorhood, healing, safety, and community accountability. Right now, we a unique and ripe opportunity to advance the conversation, and build innovative solutions for public health, safer schools, communities and workplaces. In this session, we will talk about what it means for leaders, organizers, and conveners to understand the dynamics of sexual harassment and sexual violence, and its interdependence on power and privilege; the importance of making sure that everyone has agency and access to resources, support and information; and knows how to handle incidents of harm in ways that are empathetic, restorative and transformative.

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Jun 07 2021


New York time
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jun 07 2021
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


  • Danielle Ayers
    Danielle Ayers
    me too. International
  • Denise Beek
    Denise Beek
    me too. International

    Denise Beek is a communications strategist who has worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade. She is a Caribbean-American performance writer, improv artist, and board member of BlackStar Projects. As Chief Communications Officer for ‘me too.’, she oversees external communications, engages with its stakeholders, and creates strategies to raise the visibility of the organization and center survivors. She works primarily to change the way people talk about sexual violence, this movement’s work, and survivorship. Denise’s professional trajectory is undergirded by her passion for gender equity and racial justice. Her experience is a mix of arts administration, cultural production and community engagement at organizations like the Painted Bride Art Center, the Black Lily Film & Music Festival, and the Union Square Awards. From 2013-2018, she served as Communications Director for the Leeway Foundation, a regional grantmaker that supports women, trans, and gender nonconforming artists in Greater Philadelphia.

  • Nikita Mitchell
    Nikita Mitchell
    me too. International

    Nikita Mitchell has committed herself to the Black Freedom movement, to the issues that intersect and are critical to that fight. She understands intimately the importance of the work as a Black queer woman, mother, and survivor herself. She currently serves as the Interim National Director of the Rising Majority, a Black and POC led formation committed to structural and transformational change domestically and internationally. She also serves as the Organizational Strategist for ‘me too.’ movement. Previously, Nikta was the Director of Organizing for Black Lives Matter Global Network and the Training Specialist for Praxis.



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