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Alverno Forum: Impact of Care After Sexual Assault

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Sexual assault is a traumatic experience. The trauma is relived over and over as individuals intersect with the legal and health care systems. At this forum, our panelists share their research, expertise and experience as we explore the impact of care after sexual assault. We will join together to:
  • Enhance our understanding of the various disciplines and processes involved after a sexual assault
  • Identify the significance of research in guiding change in the systemic response to sexual assault
  • Engage in dialogue that promotes ongoing quality of care for individuals affected by sexual assault
  • Strategize approaches for interdisciplinary collaboration to provide support and advocacy for individuals affected by sexual assault and their families
Sameena Mulla, PhD, is associate professor of anthropology at Marquette University. She won the 2017 Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropology Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology for her work on sexual assault intervention in the United States. Her talk at this Forum is titled, Caring for Victims of Sexual Assault and Considering Patient Experiences of Forensic Intervention.
Laci Oyler, MA, LPC, is a counselor at Alverno College. Previously, Laci worked as the counseling program manager at The Women’s Center and as a crisis counselor at the Sexual Assault Treatment Center, where she provided advocacy to child and adult survivors of sexual assault and abuse.
Michelle Zapinski, ’18, is a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practicing at Aurora Behavioral Health Center. She received additional training as a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) to treat both pediatric and adult survivors of sexual assault.
Melinda Hughes, MEd, MBA, LPC, SAC, is founding program director of the Healing Center and former chair of the Milwaukee Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). She currently teaches in Alverno College’s Community Psychology master’s program.
This forum and academic seminar is jointly sponsored by the Alverno College Center for Academic Excellence and the Joann McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions. The forum is free and open to the public. All programs begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Bucyrus Conference Center. 
For more information, call the Assessment and Outreach Center at 414-382-6020 or email