Networking Social Featuring Meghan Donevan ~ Dispelling the Myths of Pornography ~ Offered as part of our Fall Trauma & Attachment Conference
October 3, 2019 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hilton-Garden Inn, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Meghan has worked directly with survivors of prostitution and pornography for over 5 years at the non-governmental organization Talita (www.talita.org). She has a diploma in trauma therapy and plans to begin a PhD program at Karolinska Institute in autumn 2019. She is now the manager of Talita’s research and prevention work. Meghan is the initiator, grant proposal author and project manager of Reality Check, Talita’s violence-prevention program which aims to develop curriculum material and tools for educators and other professionals to spread knowledge and promote critical conversations with young people about the harmful effects of pornography.
Meghan recently conducted the first ever study on the pornography industry in Sweden. The study consisted of a qualitative mapping of pornography production and deep-interviews with 9 women with experiences in the pornography industry. The study received national attention: Meghan was interviewed on National Television (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izAWFPmizME) and presented the results at the Swedish Parliament and the Swedish Government Offices.
Beyond this, Meghan has published peer-reviewed research on pornography’s impact on young men and contributed to the Australian book Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism, where Meghan’s chapter asks the question ”If pornography is sex education, what does it teach?” From a gender equality, race equality and sexual health perspective, Meghan problematizes the reality that pornography has become the primary source of sexual knowledge among young people in all parts of the world, including the Global South.
Meghan has spoken at events in the European Parliament and at international conferences and trainings in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Brussels, India, Kenya, and Tunisia on behalf of Talita.
Next, Meghan will discuss pornography production: how young, vulnerable girls in Canada and globally are lured into the industry, the types of violence they are exposed to once they enter, and how difficult it is to leave (from a trauma-perspective). She will give examples from the study she conducted in Sweden, as well as international research and Talita's first-hand experience.
Finally, Meghan will switch from knowledge to action: what can we do? She will present the materials we are developing within Reality Check as well as a variety of other ways that we can combat the pornography industry, TODAY.
Fall Conference Networking Social and Feature Presentation with Meghan Donevan
Networking social only featuring Internationally renowned guest speaker: Meghan Donevan ~ Reality Check: Dispelling the Myths of Pornography. $45. Includes hors d'oeuvres, presentation, silent auction & networking.
Advance registration is required, limited spaces available to ensure individualized attention. Please register below.
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