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Conference on Sexual Assault

Monday, August 12, 2013 to Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Not in Our State: 2nd Annual Statewide Summit on Sexual Assault

August 12-13, Montana State University - Bozeman


MSU faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend Not In Our State: 2013 Statewide Summit on Sexual Assault at MSU Bozeman.

On August 12th and 13th, this two-day summit will bring to Bozeman leading experts, consultants, and researchers on sexual assault to provide training on the realities of sexual assault, tools to successfully investigate and adjudicate cases of sexual violence, treatment theories, and prevention strategies. 

Across Montana, community leaders, students, and campus administrators are making a commitment to strengthen our response to sexual assault in our communities and our college campuses to end the cycle of sexual violence.  As leaders in the Montana University System, we have a special responsibility and intend to do all we can to prevent sexual assault on our campuses and to assist all survivors of sexual assault in obtaining the support and help they deserve.

In order to begin achieving definitive results, we are striving to ensure that this will be a statewide, collaborative effort.  We would like to extend an invitation to the members of our community to attend this year's summit on sexual assault to help, participating in this unprecedented event for the betterment of our campuses and supporting communities.

The first day of the summit is open to everyone. Research and presentations will include:

  • David Lisak, PhD, on the undetected rapist, the realities of sexual assault, neurobiology of trauma, and investigative strategies
  • Debra Kaysen, PhD, on the impact of alcohol, the effects of trauma and what we know about treating it
  • Elisabeth Slatt, LCSW, on youth-driven prevention programming and experiential therapies for the treatment of trauma
  • SAFER, on student activism and organizing for change

The second day is limited to student leaders and administrators who represent Montana universities, colleges, tribal colleges, and high schools, and their community partners.  Working together, they will provide opportunities to review and assess current practices, developing action plans for their campus-community.  We're encouraging each campus to send representative teams including, as a few examples, the following:

  • Title IX coordinators
  • Student affairs leaders
  • Directors of campus sexual assault programs and/or women's centers
  • Directors of student conduct offices
  • Directors of student housing
  • Student government
  • Student advocates and educators
  • Residence Life staff
  • Student athletes
  • Fraternity and Sorority leaders
  • Counselors
  • Campus law enforcement
  • Local community-based sexual assault program leaders

PRE-CONFERENCE on Sunday, August 11th will feature a training on group facilitation for student leaders and a FREE community screening of The Invisible War.

A full agenda for the summit can be found at: 1 - 3 Agenda.pdf

Registration for the summit is available at:  Registration closes on August 5th.

If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please feel free to contact Alanna Sherstad, VOICE Center Coordinator and Summit organizer at 406-994-7142 or

For questions regarding this event, please contact: