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National expert Murphy to give trio of lectures on sexual violence, related topics at Idaho State University on March 20

Posted March 12, 2012

Wendy Murphy, well-known for her expertise on child abuse and interpersonal violence, will host a trio of lectures at Idaho State University Tuesday, March 20, in the Salmon River Suite of the Pond Student Union.

Her first presentation, titled "Title IX and Sexual Violence/Bullying on Campus," is a workshop discussing the guidelines and expectations that universities must adhere to when dealing with sexual violence and bullying on campus. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and requires preregistration at www.surveymonkey.com/s/Title_IX_Workshops.

At 3:30 p.m., Murphy will lecture on the problematic nature of legal terms and phrases regarding violence against women and children. As an adjunct faculty member at New England Law – Boston, Murphy runs the Judicial Language Project, a program designed to change the language commonly used in society and legal matters to describe these kinds of violence. Her presentation will offer alternative terms that more accurately describe violent incidents.

Murphy's final presentation, at 7 p.m., is titled "What's the Difference between Rape and Sex with a Buzz?" This lecture will distinguish between rape and sex when one or more parties are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Murphy will discuss possible legal consequences and the issue of personal responsibility. She will also offer attendees new approaches to the topic of capacity and consent.

Murphy began her career as a prosecutor focusing on child abuse and sex crime cases before beginning a private practice which focused on violence against women and children. She served as a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and has spent the last decade teaching a seminar on sexual violence at New England Law – Boston. Murphy has also worked as a newspaper columnist and written a book, "And Justice for Some." She often provides legal analyses for large media outlets such as CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox News.

Murphy's seminars are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center and ISU's Anderson Gender Resource Center. Attendance is free.

For more information, contact the Anderson Center at 208-282-2805 or visit isu.edu/andersoncenter.

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