Sexualized Violence and the Media: Public Accounts, Private Triggers

Presented by: Rev. Kristen J. Leslie, PhD

January 11, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Care and Counseling

12141 Ladue Road

St. Louis, MO, 63141



The 2016 Presidential Campaign will go down in history as a case study for how the American public negotiated candidates’ past histories and present behaviors.  When tapes were released displaying Donald Trump’s predatory behavior toward women, social and print media were filled with commentaries and first hand accounts detailing Mr. Trump’s long history of disrespect and abuse of women. In the wake of this survivors of sexualized violence experienced repeat trauma triggered by the public accounts.

In this seminar we will discuss the experiences of assault survivors who are triggered by social and public media accounts of sexualized violence.  We will then explore clinical implications of working with survivors and their families.


Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to understand the triggering effects that news stories and social media can have on survivors of sexualized violence.
  2. Participants will be able to understand the role that social and print media play in supporting myths and dominant narratives about rape and other forms of sexualized violence.
  3. Participants will be able to understand the role of a clinician as they support survivors who are re-traumatized.
  4. Participants will be able to explore a variety of spiritual issues for assault survivors.