“Sexual Violence at College: From Betrayal and Inequality to Research and Action”

April 13, 2016
5:00 pmto6:20 pm

Room 115


In collaboration with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Psi Chi will host Jennifer M. Gómez, a Ford Fellow and doctoral candidate in Professor Jennifer Freyd’s Dynamics Lab in the Department of Psychology at UO.

By incorporating oppression and inequality into her research, Gómez has proposed cultural betrayal trauma theory as a way to study diverse trauma outcomes, including PTSD and internalized prejudice, in minority populations. Her talk, “Sexual Violence at College: From Betrayal and Inequality to Research and Action,” will focus on bringing awareness about the prevalence and harm of sexual assault victimization on college campuses.

Jennifer M. Gómez

Jennifer M. Gómez

Specifically, she will focus on how interpersonal, cultural, and institutional betrayal contribute to negative mental health outcomes. Gómez will discuss this theoretical and empirical research as a way to promote awareness, healing, advocacy, and action in the battle against sexual assault on college campuses.

In addition to her research and clinical work with trauma survivors, Gómez has been an advocate for change in how universities handle sexual assault. Here is the citation for an article she wrote for The Register-Guard regarding the incidence of sexual assault on campus: Gómez, J. M. (2015, October 21). Inequality plays a role in campus sexual violence [OpEd]. The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon).