History Department
History Department

Gender Symp.: "A Study on Sexual Violence and Indigenous Thinking" by Valerie Ringland, University of Texas at Austin

Fri, November 17, 2017 | GAR 1.102

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The History Department’s Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality Presents:

"A Study on Sexual Violence and Indigenous Thinking"

Featuring
Valerie Ringland
Ph.D. Candidate, School of Social Work
The University of Texas at Austin

Current literature on sex offending focuses on: (1) protecting children, (2) factors that contribute to victims becoming sex offenders, or (3) sex offending and empathy, psychopathy or sociopathy. Research has not yet focused on humanized, personal journeys of sex offenders, nor included the experience of close family members to understand their experiences and needs for support.

I am extending a pilot study from 2015 using principles of indigenous thinking, which equates healing with justice, in an effort to give voice to a full picture of the experience of sexual violence in our culture, to add to an understanding of what healing needs and support systems are existing and lacking, what motivations and circumstances lead to acts of sexual violence occurring, and what healing subsequently occurs and how. Since a characteristic trait of many sex offenders is lack of empathy, through the indigenous healing practice of empathic dialogue also called feminist interviewing, the very act of research may itself offer an opportunity for healing, as I, the researcher, experienced child sexual abuse as a victim.

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About the Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality:
liberalarts.utexas.edu/history/gender-symposium/overview

Sponsored by: ​Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality, in the Department of History

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