A lawyer, a historian and a social worker each offered their own take in a lecture Monday on how to tackle the complicated issue of rape.
The event was the first of four discussions this fall intended to address the issue of rape from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. The lecture series is funded by a grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Program in Sexuality Studies and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
The three professors in Monday’s lecture spoke at Hyde Hall before a crowd of about 50.
Three more lectures on social issues surrounding rape will be held this semester from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Hyde Hall:
- Sept. 30: “Is Rape Political?”
- Oct. 7: “(How) Can We Talk About Rape?”
- Oct. 21: “Is Rape Different at College?”
“There’s probably not a silver bullet, or just one thing we can do to contain the incidence of sexual violence, it’s going to be multiple things,” said Rebecca Macy , the associate dean for academic affairs at the UNC School of Social Work.
Macy spoke about the interaction of societal, cultural, familial and individual factors that enable sexual violence to occur, as well as programs that can help prevent assaults and aid survivors during the recovery process.