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The Forum welcomes gender violence prevention expert Jackson Katz

| Denise Olson

The Forum series at UW-Eau Claire welcomes author and global educator Jackson Katz to address the controversial topic he calls "toxic masculinity" and his efforts to educate about and end gender violence. He will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 10 in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium.

By simply flipping the language used to describe rape, Jackson Katz created one of the most viral quotes of the #metoo movement: 

We talk about how many women were raped last year, not about how many men raped women.

The basis of Katz's Forum presentation and his life's work is in turning the tables on sexual assault, not only in how we describe it, but in how we educate about it. Katz emphasizes how the power of language and the passive voice has placed the responsibility of ending sexual assault on women, instead of addressing the men who are most often the perpetrators of sexual violence against women.

"In this sense using active language is itself a political act. It puts the onus of responsibility on those who engage in abusive behaviors. Asking the question: 'How many men raped women?' rather than 'How many women were raped?' is much more likely to lead to actions that prevent rape, because it shines the spotlight in the direction of the source of the problem," Katz says. 

Katz conducts training worldwide in the areas of bystander intervention, workplace sexual harassment, military assault prevention and others. He works with government and nongovernmental organizations around the globe to address issues of sexual violence, and has developed models and strategies for ending sexual violence in schools, sports, businesses, cultures and the military. 

Ticket information:
Visit the Service Center in Davies Center’s east lobby
Call 715-836-INFO [4636] or 800-949-UWEC [8932]
$8 general public
$6 UW System faculty/staff • Age 62 and over
$4 UW System student • Age 17 and under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the show.