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Dates for your Diary:
SAY Women Annual Conference, Village Hotel, 11th November 2019
International Women’s Day Gala Dinner, Blythswood Square Hotel, 6th March 2020
SAY Women’s Annual Conference 2019
The Village Hotel
November 11th 2019 9:00-17:00
Challenging Attitudes to Child Sexual Abuse and Homelessness
We'd love you to join us at our Conference for a full day of talks and discussion exploring the relationship between Child Sexual Abuse and Homelessness: specifically attitudes which perpetuate victim-blaming.
Our conference will highlight trauma-informed practice, values, attitudes and models that support SAY Women's working practices. We'll be involving professionals, practitioners and young people to showcase ways in which related communities can speak out about Child Sexual Abuse and Homelessness and the impact it has on individuals, communities and society.
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Dr Jessica Eaton
Dr Jessica Eaton (FRSA) is the founder and owner of VictimFocus, the VictimFocus Blog and The Eaton Foundation. VictimFocus is her independent business providing research, consultancy, writing and speaking in forensic psychology, feminism and mental health. The VictimFocus Blog has 1.2 million readers per year and provides a lively, funny and critical perspective on CSE, victim blaming, feminism and sexual violence.
Dr Jessica Eaton will discuss the way women and girls are blamed and pathologised by services and establishments after they have been abused, oppressed and traumatised.
Discussing her latest research, she will explore how common the victim blaming of women and girls really is, and how it affects service delivery for women.
Jo Watson is a feminist, psychotherapist, trainer, activist and survivor with a professional history in the rape crisis movement of the 1990’s. She has worked therapeutically for the last 25+ years with people who have experienced trauma and adversity and has devised and delivered numerous training programmes and conferences for counsellors and psychotherapists, ‘mental health’ workers, teachers and other professionals who work with people in a therapeutic or support context.
Jo actively challenges the biomedical model both inside and outside of her work and links emotional distress to social causes.
Jo will speak about how the diagnostic and biomedical model of emotional distress is being widely criticised for its failure to offer evidence for its core assumptions or effective ways of healing. She will argue that psychiatric diagnosis is so often imposed and that our stories as women are often obscured and sometimes completely negated.
Jo will suggest that it is no coincidence that women survivors of gender based violence and women who experience homelessness are disproportionately labelled with psychiatric disorders.
Rosie Kane (Host)
SAY Women is always accepting referrals to our supported Accommodation Project. If you are supporting someone who is: a woman aged 16 - 25 years, has experienced child sexual abuse, rape/sexual assault or other forms of sexual violence & is at risk of or is experiencing homelessness, please contact us. Women can also self refer.
We can provide accommodation for up to 18 months, with follow on resettlement support. For more information contact our Accommodation Project on 0141 552 5803.
Exhibition of Artwork from the Story Telling Group
On Wednesday July 10th we had an incredible exhibition of the art work from our Story Telling Group at SAY women. Delivered by The Village Story Telling Centre young women took part in a 10 week group which incorporated games, story telling and art work. Artist facilitator Nicola Dickson helped the women work on print work based on the stories we heard about goddesses. The exhibition was a fantastic day and highlighted the wonderful art work produced by the young women. Thank you to all who took part in the group.
Madeleine Black TEDx Talk
Our Patron, Madeleine Black, recently gave an amazing TEDx Talk in Glasgow on her inspirational story of surviving sexual violence. Click the button below to watch her talk, or link to her website here.
Weekend Residential to Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre
On June 21st we had a fantastic residential weekend at Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre. Six young women took part in a weekend full of activities which included archery, canoeing, climbing Jacob's ladder and a wonderful gorge walk. The young women greatly enjoyed the beautiful surroundings and grounds which were so peaceful and right on the beach at Loch Goil. Thank you so much to the staff for having us and we look forward to future residential weekends and partnership work with Ardroy.