Beyond the Breakthrough: Fighting the Roots of Rape Culture at the Intersections of Race, Gender and Class

By Julie Patrick and Diane Cornman-Levy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified several important strategies to stop sexual violence and begin to reverse its devastating impact on our communities. STOP SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence specifically notes that providing opportunities to empower and support girls and women is key to the solution.

It will take all of us to end sexual violence, and the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) is a model for how we can all rally behind this important effort. NSAC brings together nearly 1800 participants across 23 issue-focused tracks, nearly 150 workshops and over 200 speakers. Rounding out this event are the incredible exhibitors and sponsors who play a role in organizing a national conference—including Philadelphia’s WOMEN’S WAY, a nonprofit organization empowering support for equal opportunities for women and girls and taking action in promoting gender equality for all.

WOMEN’S WAY is a champion of strengthening economic supports for women and families and providing leadership opportunities for girls. This year, the organization is providing scholarships for participants to attend the conference.

Diane Cornman-Levy, the Executive Director of WOMEN’S WAY, sat down with RALIANCE for a conversation connecting the dots between economic access and an inclusive fight to end violence—and highlighting the roots of rape culture.

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