Jessika M. A. Rovell, founder and Director of JMAR Unlimited, LLC, presents Myths vs. Facts: Straight Talk About Sexual Violence From a Thriving Survivor. This direct and revealing talk confronts longstanding myths about sexual assault and domestic violence, challenging audiences to shift their posture from reactive to proactive and play an active role in sexual violence awareness, prevention, and response. Jessika uses her personal story of sexual assault and domestic violence survival to address popular sexual violence myths, including: Drug and alcohol use cause rape and domestic violence. Women’s dress and behavior provoke rape. If it was that bad, she’d just leave. Men can’t be raped. Only certain types of women get raped or abused – it could never happen to me. She engages the audience by asking participants to consider the neuro-biological mechanisms which encourage us to passively accept myths, rather than actively acknowledge reality. In a way that is at times staggering, at times humorous, Jessika acknowledges her own difficulty imagining herself as a sexual violence victim – even after it happened to her – because of her own susceptibility to the myths. She empowers participants to use what they learn to actively debunk their own myths to promote personal and community safety. ©JMAR Unlimited, LLC 2016 All Rights Reserved.