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Clayton State Center for Community and Justice Studies Observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 20 to April 24

Apr 17 2015

In observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Clayton State University Center for Community and Justice Studies is hosting a series of events related to crime and victimization. All of these events are free and open to the public.

Monday, Apr. 20: Social Media and Violence Against Women ~ 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., room UC416 of the James M. Baker University Center

A panel discussion on the role social media may have in promoting a culture of violence against women. Bring your thoughts and questions to share with a panel of experts. Panelists include Willette Capers, associate director of Housing, Residence Life, and Community Standards; Roslyn Sledge, founding president of the campus group Organizing Women for Lifelong Success (OWLS); and Andrea Huguley, prevention educator at Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Steve Spence, associate professor of Digital Media Studies at Clayton State.

Tuesday, Apr. 21: Theme Event: How Can Communities Prevent Violence ~ 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Clayton Hall, room 200

This presentation will feature the work of Dr. Barbara Warner, professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia State University. 

Warner’s research addresses the enduring question of why some neighborhoods have higher crime rates than others. Her research has most frequently addressed the role of informal social control of inappropriate behavior in preventing crime and violence, and the structural and cultural features of neighborhoods that affect the extent to which residents are willing to intervene and confront wrong. She has recently co-developed a training program to teach neighborhood residents how to confront problem behaviors and regulate social life through the use of non-coercive techniques. She continues to work toward the development of new models of justice wherein communities play a more active and central role.

Wednesday, Apr. 22: Double Header

Transforming Human Trafficking Victims into Survivors ~ 3:35 p.m. to 4:50 p.m., in room UC424 of the Baker Center

Dr. Laura Dean, assistant professor of Political Science at Clayton State, will moderate a panel with representatives from Georgia Cares and Tapestri that explores the concept of victimization with human trafficking, how these victims are defined in law, and the types of services and rehabilitation victims need to become survivors of this crime.

The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ Relationships ~ 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in room UC416 of the Baker Center

Clayton State student Lawrence Golden will lead a discussion on the relationship between HIV/AIDS and intimate partner violence in LGBTQ relationships. Representatives from Impulse Group Atlanta will serve as panelists for the discussion. Impulse Group seeks to raise awareness about the impact of STI in the LGBTQ community.

Friday, Apr. 24: Lunch & Learn: Protecting Your Identity ~ noon to 1 p.m., in Clayton Hall, room 200

Enjoy free pizza and soda as Chief Bobby Hamil, Clayton State director of Public Safety discusses the best strategies for protecting yourself from identity theft.    

For more information please contact Clayton State Center for Community and Justice Studies Director Dr. Lisa Holland-Davis at

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