Jessika M. A. Rovell, founder and Director of JMAR Unlimited, LLC, presents Making It Personal: Sexual Violence, Survival, and Support. This engaging and inspiring talk confronts traditional thinking about sexual assault and domestic violence and empowers audiences to play an active role in prevention and response. Jessika uses her personal story of sexual assault and domestic violence survival to address the deep-rooted defense mechanisms which cause us to view sexual violence as something that happens to “other” people and often lead to “victim blaming,” rather than support and justice. In a way that is at times staggering, at times humorous, she brings the audience 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. She empowers participants to use what they learn to actively participate in prevention and response via active intervention and ongoing support to survivors. A question and answer session follows Jessika’s remarks. ©JMAR Unlimited, LLC 2016 All Rights Reserved.