Foundation Executive Director to Discuss Stopping Violence Against Women

FEB. 4, 2021— One in four women in the United States is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. And since the outbreak of COVID-19, frontline workers indicate that all types of violence against women and girls have intensified.

The Utah Women and Leadership Project, under the direction of Dr. Susan R. Madsen, is hosting its Spring Women’s Leadership Forum on Feb. 17. The forum will feature a panel discussion about “Stopping Violence in Utah Against Girls and Women.” The online event is free and begins at noon.

Panelists will include Chris Yadon, executive director of The Younique Foundation; Liliana Olvera-Arbon, executive director of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault; Jennifer Campbell, executive director of South Valley Services; and Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima, assistant professor in the Ethnic Studies Division in the University of Utah’s School for Cultural and Social Transformation.

“Stopping violence against girls and women is everybody’s responsibility,” says Yadon. “I feel particularly grateful that I have been given a space to use my voice to address this critical issue. Our society faces so many challenges and they each need our time, but this topic needs our time and attention right now.”

Many survivors carry the weight of their abuse for years and often struggle with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, insomnia, panic attacks, addiction, learning difficulties, chronic pain, and unhealthy relationships. Dr. Madsen and panelists will present research and data as they discuss the realities of this kind of violence in Utah.

Although the virtual event is free, tickets are required and are available here. The forum is sponsored by the Jon M Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, and the Utah Education Network.