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#SafeChurch Workshop

September 30 @ 7:00 pm

Eight Sessions, Starting September 30, 2019, 7:00pm [Full Schedule Below]

Venue ==> Capital Community Church, 20430 Ashburn Village, Ashburn VA 20147

Admission: FREE

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Converging empirical evidence confirms that abuse against women is a rampant global phenomenon. It is estimated that every third woman experiences violence among the people and settings she trusts the most. Included in these contexts are her home, workplace, community, —- and even her church. This series of workshops is a unique and safe opportunity to learn about this hidden problem and seldom discussed issue, which remains a true taboo in our midst. All of us most likely know someone who has experienced assault by an authority figure. 

What happens to a person who has been sexually assaulted by a trusted member of the community? Why does it take so long for victims to share what happened to them? What happens to the perpetrator who is involved in taking sexual advantage of someone trusted in his care. How do we help her?  We know that victims are afraid and ashamed to talk about what happened to them. Perpetrators fear getting caught, and, thus, do their utmost to keep their deeds a hidden secret. Also, our institutions are reluctant to tarnish their image in the community where they are respected as a pillar of strength and wisdom. Thus, denial and secrecy keep this epidemic flourishing.  This cross-disciplinary set of workshops is a personal and community growth opportunity. It offers the participants unbiased evidence, information and discussion about trauma caused by sexual abuse through the eyes of the victim, the therapist, and the researcher. A survivor with a remarkable recovery story shares her experience. Clinical psychologists present the effects of trauma on victims’ lives and present strategies to facilitate the long process of recovery. A data scientist explains the value of systematic information-driven research in solving practical problems.  There will be opportunities for informal conversations as well.

Seminar Chair: Marjo Mitsutomi, Ph.D.; Co-Founder, The Sisu Advantage

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  • Workshop Leaders [all 4 hold Ph.D.s and are seasoned professionals]:
    • Marjo: Former College Professor/Administrator in U.S. and Japan
    • Jerry: Former College Professor/Administrator in U.S. and Japan
    • Tracy: Clinical Psychologist in California, specializing in trauma counseling
    • Kurt: Clinical Psychologist in California, specializing in neuropsychology and trauma
  • Schedule: 
    • Session 1 – Monday Sep 30 @ CCC, with Marjo — 7:00pm
    • Session 2/3 – Thursday Oct 10 @ CCC, with Tracy & Kurt — 7:00pm
    • Special Session 4 – Friday Oct 11 @ CCC, for CCC personnel only — 7:00pm
    • Session 5 – Saturday Oct 12 @ One Loudoun, with ALL — 9:00-11:00am
    • Session 6 – Monday Oct 28 @ CCC, with Jerry — 7:00pm
    • Session 7 – Monday Nov 4 @ CCC, with Marjo — 7:00pm
    • Session 8 – Monday Nov 11 @ CCC, with Jerry — 7:00pm
  • Topics:
    • Session 1 – Marjo: Reflections of a Teenage Serial Victim 
    • Session 2 -Tracy: Trauma and the Impact of Misplaced Shame
    • Session 3 – Kurt: The Science of Mind-Brain-Body Connections
    • Session 4 – All 4: Strategies & Safeguards for Church Personnel
    • Session 5 – All 4: Drop-in Coffee and Informal Conversations
    • Session 6 – Jerry: In God We Trust.  All Others Bring Data
    • Session 7 – Marjo: The Missing Safety Nets in My Teen Years
    • Session 8 – Jerry: Closing Conversations w.r.t. Next Steps


September 30
7:00 pm
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The Club @ One Loudoun
44605 Russell Branch Parkway
Ashburn, VA 20147 United States
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