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Freedom from Sexual Violence

Event: New Perspectives on Gender Justice in Clinical Teaching


Hosted by the Battered Women’s Justice Project
Date: Friday, January 31, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Central Time)  In 1999, Simon Gonzales kidnapped his three daughters from the front yard of his estranged wife, Jessica, in violation of a protective order issued by a Colorado court. Despite Jessica Gonzales’s numerous calls to law enforcement asking them to enforce her order, by the end of the night, her daughters had been killed. Jessica sued the town of Castle Rock, Colorado, for its failure to enforce her protective order. This webinar will provide background on the Lenahan decision, examine the specific efforts around passage of the local government resolutions and the wider discussion of how to integrate the decision into advocacy on behalf of women subjected to abuse in the United States, and consider what the next steps for the movement to bring human rights home in this area might be. The webinar will also suggest ways to think beyond our traditional silos-domestic violence, sexual assault, human rights-and construct clinics that work across subject matter areas to address gender violence more broadly.