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Sex Education as a Radical Tool for Criminal Justice Reform
August 17, 2019 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
This workshop offers participants an opportunity to re-imagine sexuality education as one of the most important tools in revolutionizing our criminal-legal system in the fight towards sexual freedom, equality and transformational justice. We know that comprehensive sex ed is so much more than just public health initiatives, visibility for LGBTQ2SIA communities and teaching about pleasure. When done well, sex ed deconstructs privilege and power, engenders sexual and erotic agency, reduces shame and creates space for accountability, empathy and compassion. These are the things we need most in our criminal-legal system. Comprehensive sexuality education is anti-violence education – violence done to ourselves and others, state-sanctioned violence and violence committed by upholding patriarchy and white supremacy. Join us to learn about how dramatically our criminal-legal system could change if every person involved from policy writers to lawmakers, offenders to victims, defense attorneys to prosecutors, and from juries to judges had access to and participated in the type of sexuality education outlined above.