Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced the first statewide campus conference to address sexual violence, April 11 and 12 at the Eugene Hilton. The conference is organized by the Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force. The Task Force, which was initiated by Myers in 1999, has been conducting specialized training on sexual assault for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocates and medical professionals for the past three years. At the request of the Campus Response Committee of the Task Force, Oregon campuses designated funds in support of this first statewide campus conference focusing on sexual assault on campuses.
The conference will feature three nationally-recognized presenters, Dr. Jennifer Freyd, PhD, from the University of Oregon, an expert on betrayal trauma; Dr. David Lisak, PhD, from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, an expert on rapists who are never reported to or addressed by the criminal justice system ("undetected rapists"), and Nadia Telsey, MS, from the University of Oregon, an authority on promoting resistance to sexual violence.
Additionally, the conference will provide an opportunity for University and College Campus Presidents to meet Myers, along with University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer, at a luncheon for Presidents on Tuesday, April 12th. Dr. David Lisak will present information to the campus leaders about the risk to students from sexual predators. Myers will lead a discussion on campus and statewide solutions to improving the response to and reducing the incidence of sexual violence on college and university campuses in Oregon.
Myers, Lisak and Phyllis Barkhurst, Executive Director of the Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force, will be available to the media on Tuesday, April 12th from 8:45am to 9:15am in the Board Room of the Eugene Hilton.
Dr. David Lisak, PhD, is an Associate Professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston & the Director of the Men's Sexual Trauma Research Project. He conducts and supervises research on the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence with particular focus on the motives and characteristics of "undetected rapists" - men who rape but are not prosecuted (or identified). Dr. Lisak provides training, consultation and expert testimony nationwide on sexual assault and offenders. He recently consulted on the Kobe Bryant case and assisted the Air Force Academy & the Department of Defense in developing response and prevention measures and policies to address sexual violence.
Kevin Neely, Justice, (503) 378-6002