The talk: Support efforts to address sexual violence/abuse should focus on the most marginalized communities, and consider how multiple forms of oppression such as sexism, racism, ableism and other forms of systemic oppression intersect with gender-based violence to impact the victim/survivor. These efforts should use a client-centered approach, which is about treating clients as they want to be treated, with knowledge about and respect for their values and personal priorities.
Speaker: Dr. Marilyn Oladimeji, PhD, is a Professor at George Brown College and an Expressive Arts Therapist with over three decades of teaching and counselling. In 2000, Marilyn became the President of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, a provincial body representing 32 sexual assault and rape crisis centres in Ontario. Her passion to mentor women on strategic interventions on the issues of violence against women is a priority of her teaching.
Marilyn has experience working broadly across the province within social services agencies, educational institutions and various communities. In addition to raising awareness, she works within a critical, feminist anti-oppressive approach and de-colonial radical perspective. Marilyn thinks that one of the most important theoretical contributions is the concept of “intersectionality” that describes the inseparable nature of multiple oppressions (class, race, sexuality, gender, disability, age, etc.).