Jessika M. A. Rovell, founder and Director of JMAR Unlimited, LLC, presents a 90-minute workshop: Making it Personal: Sexual Violence, Survival, and Support, which confronts traditional thinking about sexual assault and domestic violence and empowers participants to play an active role in prevention and response. Format: Jessika uses a dynamic approach, which includes storytelling and participant engagement to address the deep-rooted defense mechanisms that cause us to view sexual violence as something that happens to “other” people and often lead to “victim blaming,” rather than support and justice. Content: Jessika tells her personal story of sexual assault and domestic violence survival in a way that is at times staggering, at times humorous. She brings participants into the conversation by acknowledging her own difficulty imagining herself as a sexual violence victim – even after it happened to her. She engages participants by explaining how perpetrators manipulate their targets, why it often takes time for a victim to leave an abusive situation, and how active intervention by those surrounding a victim may stop a perpetrator or contribute to a survivor’s healing. Using examples of both the supportive and the negative reactions to her story, Jessika empowers participants to think beyond the typical response to sexual assault and domestic violence. She uses compelling storytelling and dynamic interactions to help participants understand how their active intervention and ongoing support to survivors are essential to prevention and response. Scenarios: Participants will break into small groups, and Jessika facilitates discussion of several sexual assault and domestic violence scenarios. For each scenario, the groups are prompted to discuss responses to the following questions: • What is going on here? • What manipulations can you identify? • What defense mechanisms can you identify? • What is the typical response to this situation? • What is the empowered response to this situation? • What active interventions may be possible here? • What actions will you take in a similar situation to stop the perpetrator or support the survivor? The small groups come back together to discuss their responses to these questions. Participants are encouraged to ask probing questions of Jessika and the other groups. Wrap Up: Jessika engages the larger group in a wrap-up session that summarizes “key takeaways” and offers an opportunity for questions. ©JMAR Unlimited, LLC 2016 All Rights Reserved.