According to the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey, 51% of transgender men and 58% of non-binary people who were assigned female at birth (AFAB) have experienced sexual assault in their lifetimes.
Culled from the experiences of the speaker and dozens of AFAB trans and non-binary survey respondents, the presentation will shed light on the experiences and needs of this community which has typically been underrepresented in resources and organizations that support survivors. We will think about how to shift away from the paradigm that views the issue of sexual assault from a straight, cisgender perspective, in order to develop a more nuanced understanding of how gender identity and expression make certain people more vulnerable to sexual assault and how consent (and non-consent) operate in the LGBTQ+ community. In doing so, we'll work towards finding ways to be inclusive of different gender identities in our work with survivors and creating supportive solutions that rely on a framework of genuine accountability as opposed to punishment.
Following the presentation, participants will form small conversation groups where they will discuss their own understandings of consent and safe(r) spaces and develop creative, actionable strategies for supporting trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and/or intersex AFAB students on campus.
KC Clements Bio: KC Clements is a queer, non-binary trans writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Their work and opinions, which have been featured in Huffington Post, The Establishment, BuzzFeed, Vice, Unapologetic Feminism, GO Magazine, and trans.cafe, touches on themes of queer and trans identity, media and representation, consent and safe(r) spaces, sex and body positivity, and more. An outspoken survivor and believer in the power of intersectional queer and trans resistance, KC is involved in an NYC-based skillshare and action group that works to foster affirming, sexy, and safe community between queer, gay, and bisexual trans and cis men. KC holds a Master of Arts in Gender Politics from New York University, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theatre Studies from Wellesley College, and has been told, by several sources, that they make the best cappuccino in NYC.
Are you interested in social justice, healing, or being present in all you do? Or perhaps how to fuse your interests in those fields? Sit down for a 30 min. Skype chat with Adisa Stewart, 13F, and learn how he combines his passions into meaningful and evocative work. 2:30-4:30 pm on either Mon Apr 10 or Tues Apr 11, CORC office, Library, 3rd Floor
Adisa Stewart (13F) graduated with a Somatics and Trauma major from Hampshire College with a concentration on Transformative Organizing and Healing Justice. He has been engaged in study and practitioner training of somatics through Generative Somatics' (GS) since 2014. Adisa utilizes somatics as a fundamental practice of building power, deepening physical presence, emotional capacity, and developing the embodied skills needed to generate large-scale change in a collective healing and social justice framework. Through conversations with Black Healers, Adisa has been writing a collection of reflections called, "emBODYing Black Liberation: Culturally Relevant Somatic Healing for All Black Lives.
The Alum 1-2-1 program is your chance to have a 30-minute informal conversation with a Hampshire alum. It's your chance to brainstorm, ask questions, and bounce ideas off alums who are spending their lives doing what they love. Use CORC's online scheduler found at corc.hampshire.edu to sign up for a 30-minute meeting with Adisa (scroll down and click the yellow "Schedule an Appointment" button). Be sure to include your division, phone number, and a brief note about your interests and questions.
Appointment times are available between 2:30 and 4:30 pm on either Monday, April 10th or Tuesday, April 11. These appointments with Adisa will be via Skype from the CORC office. If all time spots are filled, please call or email Sue to be added to the wait list (413.559.5445 or firstname.lastname@example.org).