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ETSU to host Escape from Rape: A Cultural Change conference

From Staff Reports

East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development is hosting the “Escape from Rape: A Cultural Change” conference on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Millennium Center. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and the program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The conference is an effort to eliminate misconceptions about rape and foster better care for victims and survivors of rape through training and educating members of the community in the prevention, response, advocacy and treatment for sexual assault victims.

Among the summit facilitators will be Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence program specialist Kayce Matthews, First Judicial District Assistant District Attorney Erin McArdle, ETSU Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joe Sherlin and Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois.

An advisory board consisting of staff from ETSU’s Women’s Resource Center, Women’s Studies program, Student Support Services, Student Affairs and the Johnson City Family Justice Center coordinated the conference.

Corporate sponsors include the Law Office of Douglas J. Carter and the Helen Ross McNabb Center. Non-profit exhibitors are the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, The River for Women ministry, Change Is Possible emergency social services, Appalachian Mountain Project Access, Red Legacy Recovery, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Sullivan County and the Johnson City/Washington County Family Justice Center.

Those attending the conference may earn eight contact hours of General Continuing Education Units, credit for Continuing Nurse Education and possibly POST continuing education for law enforcement members. The cost is $85, with a discounted rate of $55 for students.

For further information, call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at 800-222-3878 or register by visiting and click on the Escape from Rape icon.