This nationally recognized, award winning, and research proven presentation motivates men to be active in efforts to end rape on campus and offers specific strategies and practices all of us can engage in order to change the culture around rape on campus. This presentation helps men identify what they have to gain from ending campus rape, empowers all college students to see the messages all around us that foster a rape culture on campus and in society at large, and challenges us to confront and intervene in the rape culture. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the concepts of consent and the mis-education that our culture socializes us into around hooking up and having sex. Strategies are offered that will allow participants to play a part in ending rape according to their own comfort levels. Confronting t-shirts objectifying women, interrupting daily conversations describing women as sexual objects, challenging the party scene on campus which frames women as targets, and recognizing messages in the media which normalize seeing women as victims are some of the ways participants leave the session with a vivid understanding of the issues and tangible ways to make change happen.
Participants will be able to:
- explain the difference between reactive and proactive approaches to sexual violence.
- describe perpetrators of sexual violence on college campuses.
- define informed consent.
- give examples of rape culture.
- offer ways that they personally can combat rape culture in their own lives.
This presentation is ideal for campuses looking to address Title IX compliance through prevention and the roots of sexual violence. Ideal for Orientation, Greek Week, educational programming, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and events throughout the year to end sexual violence.
Keith Edwards is an excellent speaker on men’s anti-violence issues. In addition to making a strong case for men’s involvement in ending violence against women, he is very conscientious about addressing the many social justice and privilege issues that pertain to men’s anti-violence work – issues that are not always addressed by speakers on this topic. He also has a very unique perspective on how men are hurt by violence against women, an important factor in motivating men to take action on this issue.
– Alan Berkowitz, Independent Consultant and Editor of “Men and Rape: Theory, Research and Prevention Programs in Higher Education
There was a presenter to the students that my daughter raved about. She wanted to give him a standing ovation at the end, and wished that she had. She said that he presented a difficult subject in a clear and non-accusatory way. The latter was particularly important to her: the boys weren’t classified as predators; the girls weren’t classified as sirens. This came up later at the orientation group meeting, and both sexes were able to thoughtfully discuss the presentation without feeling automatically defensive. She also mentioned that he was capable of making jokes without making “icky” jokes. My daughter has had so many years of poorly-done presentations regarding human sexuality that she was not prepared to pay much attention to this new presentation. Even with that non-neutral starting point, your presenter was able to captivate and inform her. Thank you very much for making the campus a safer place through such a fine job.
-parent of first-year student
Keith exceeded our expectations. He was a dynamic and approachable speaker who challenged students and staff to reframe their thinking around gender construction, sexual violence, and what they can do to shift culture within their spheres of influence. Students and staff particularly appreciated Keith’s ability to name the complexities around power and privilege when calling on men to take part in sexual violence prevention work. He was wonderful to work with and, in addition to his large speaking events, enthusiastically took the time to meet with a small group of students who were interested in his scholarship. He learned about their stories and authentically shared some of his own, modeling what is looks like to approach learning as a lifelong process. We could feel the positive impact of Keith’s visit after he left campus. Students and organizations have continued the conversation around the connection between gender-based violence and construction of masculinities. Students left his keynote feeling challenged, more aware, and inspired to create a change on this campus.
-Ashley Viager, Assistant Director of Chadbourne Residential College, University of Wisconsin – Madison
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Keith’s Blog Posts on Sexual Violence Prevention
Keith’s Scholarship on Sexual Violence Prevention