by Patrick McGann
Director of Strategy & Planning
I’m excited about the Roots of Change conference this November 2-4 in Portland, Oregon, hosted by the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force. Men Can Stop Rape is the Task Force’s national conference partner. I’ll be giving the opening keynote: “Getting Friendly with Feminism and Prevention: A Man’s Journey.” I’m excited because the keynote will be a different take on what I’ve been writing about in the “How I Came to Work at Men Can Stop Rape” blog series. And there will be visuals. People will see me when I had more hair and different glasses.
In its 3rd year, Roots of Change: Social Justice and Media promises to bring the expertise, cutting-edge information, and excitement those of us who do sexual assault prevention work are looking for. We’ll get a chance to learn from and meet leaders in the movement to prevent sexual violence, attend a wide range of prevention workshops, and connect with prevention practitioners from all over the nation. As someone who’s been doing this work for going on 15 years, I need all of that. Jessica Valenti of feministing.com fame and Jaclyn Friedman of WAM! Women, Action, and the Media will both be there. That’s a great pairing! Jessica and Jaclyn famously co-edited the book, Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. If that isn’t enough, Jaclyn will be introducing her brand new book at the conference. I can't wait!
We’ll get a chance to hear from experts on campus prevention, pop culture, media, entertainment, culturally specific prevention, and much more! With over 30 co-sponsors from leading prevention and media projects and organizations, such as Bitch Media, PreventConnect, Feministing.com, Free Press, and The Women’s Media Center, we’re bound to bump into an expert at every corner.
If you’re serious about preventing gendered violence in your community, if you want to meet the leading players in the prevention movement, if you want to make connections for life…join me in Portland, Oregon on November 2nd-4th at the Benson Hotel for Roots of Change: Social Justice and Media.
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Patrick McGann, Ph.D. has been involved with Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) since the organization’s inception in 1997. As Director of Strategy and Planning, Patrick co-authored a sexual assault prevention strategy for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in 2008 and oversaw the development of the HURTS ONE. AFFECTS ALL. public education campaign for DoD in 2010. He regularly gives presentations across the country on engaging men in the prevention of gender-based violence.
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