Victoria Banyard, a leading expert on the study and prevention of sexual violence, will deliver a lecture titled “Sexual Assault as a Societal Problem in America” as part of The University of Montana President’s Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.
Aside from her lecture, Banyard will deliver an afternoon seminar earlier that same day. The seminar, titled “Who Will Help? Creating a Community Response to Sexual Violence Prevention,” will be held from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both the lecture and the seminar are free and open to the public.
Banyard is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire. During spring 2010, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Bristol’s Center for Research on Gender and Violence. She conducts research on the long-term consequences of trauma and interpersonal violence, most recently developing a specialty investigating the broader community contexts of survivors, including strategies for the prevention of sexual and intimate partner abuse.
She has conducted several evaluations of “Bringing in the Bystander,” a college relationship and sexual violence prevention program that focuses on empowering bystanders to intervene before, during or after incidents of interpersonal violence. She also has researched building community safety nets for survivors, emphasizing the training of friends and other network members to provide support. Additionally, she has studied the criminal justice system responses to sexual assault.
Banyard’s articles have appeared in leading scholarly journals and she has been a guest editor for special journal issues including Violence Against Women: An International Journal. She has co-edited two books: “Trauma and Physical Health: Integrating Trauma Practice Into Primary Care” and “Trauma and Memory.”
Banyard’s lecture is co-sponsored by the UM Department of Psychology and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of 10 talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers throughout the academic year. For more information on the series, visit http://umt.edu/president/events/lectures/ or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.