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Defining Sexual Assault and Legal Consent in the #MeToo Era

  • 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM
  • Power Center Ballroom and online via live videostream

In the wake of a cascade of recent events that have included everything from the downfall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein to the conviction of comedian Bill Cosby, societal concepts of both sexual assault and legal consent are rapidly shifting. With the rise of the #MeToo movement, women and others in all walks of life are forcing us to reconsider what is and is not acceptable in relations between the sexes.

But are criminal and employment laws keeping up with such developments? Are there lessons from the clinical investigation of sexual assaults and the psychological literature on victimology that can help us better define our terms in the pursuit of enhanced public safety and social justice?

Please join court-recognized forensic mental health expert, lecturer and author Allan Pass, Duquesne University Professor of Law Rona Kaufman, Duquesne University Professor of Nursing Kathleen Sekula, Chief Deputy State Attorney General Laura Ditka, criminal defense attorney Charles LoPresti, forensic psychologist Ayn O'Reilly, and Duquesne University Professor of Psychology/attorney Susan Goldberg for this timely professional education seminar on one of the most critical issues facing American society today.

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