Student organizations address #MeToo movement, domestic violence and sexual assault on Wednesday, April 18

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Four student organizations will address issues surrounding the #MeToo movement, domestic violence, and sexual assault at two separate noon events on Wednesday, April 18, in the Worrell Professional Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

Members of the student groups Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition (DVAC)  and If/When/How  will co-host a panel discussion called, “Stealthing: The Future of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence,” in Room 1101. On the panel will be Professor Shannon Gilreath and Professor Meghan Boone, who will serve as the moderator. The roundtable discussion will focus on the current legal categorization of “stealthing” and how the law may develop in the future in response this growing issue.

“Stealthing” is a term created to describe the non-concensual removal of a condom during sex. This talk will focus on discovering where this act fits in to the realms of sexual assault and reproductive coercion, and what the legal future for “stealthing” may be. Professors Gilreath and Boone will be joined by Tara Romano from NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, Cassandra Rowe from North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV), Sonya Desai from the Guilford Family Justice Center, and Dr. Candace Parker-Autry a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. For more information about the program, please contact Briana Whalin or Jasmine Gregory.

At the same time in Room 1312, members of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) and Women in Law will host a panel discussion regarding the #MeToo movement and its effect on the sports and entertainment industries.

Speakers will be Amanda Whorton (JD ’17), an entertainment lawyer with Brooks Pierce; Barbara Osborne,  a professor of exercise and sports science and adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law; and Hoppy Elliot (JD ’77), an employment lawyer from Elliot Morgan & Parsonage.

For more information about this program, contact Melanie Cormier (JD ’18).