How Status and Stigma Shape Support for Activism, Advocacy, and Accusations of Abuse
Professor Loretta Brady, Psychology Department
Over the past several years shocking and painful accounts have emerged of assault, trafficking, and abuses of power and authority. When accusations are raised there is frequently a pattern of denial, dismissal, and minimization that survivors encounter and endure even as the allegations themselves are investigated, confirmed, and (most rarely) prosecuted.
What explains this tendency to ignore or deny harm against those with less status and authority? What can be done to make communities safer from predators? How might organizational policies lend themselves to being safer for those with less power, and be more amenable to correcting abuses should they occur?
This lecture will be followed by a Community Resilience and Social Equity lab “game jam” session allowing audience members to shape a resource to inform and support organizational policies that protect those with less power.
Thursday, February 28, 2023
Event Space, Roger & Francine Jean Student Center