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Advocacy Activism and Practice Born From Lived Experience of Sexual Assault – Webinar

December 01, 2023 at 2:02 PM

From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse -


Monday 4 December 2023


3-4pm (1-2pm AEDT)







To mark the 16 days of Activism to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls (25 November – 10 December) the MAEVE seminar series will commemorate the importance of lived experience in initiating and shaping responses to violence against women and girls.

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Sylvie Leber and Kendra Russell discuss the importance of lived experience in initiating and shaping responses to violence against women.


  • Sylvie Leber experienced a violent rape as a young woman. It took her a long time to recover and had an enormous impact on her life and future directions. Coming from a family background of activism, her experience drew her to cofound a women's collective, Women Against Rape (WAR, from which Victoria’ first rape crisis centre, the Women’s Health Centre, in Johnston Street, Collingwood was born.
  • Kendra Russell (she/her) Kendra is a social worker currently living in Naarm working in sexual & gender-based violence as a counsellor, group-worker and community educator. She has worked in both Queensland and Victoria and is currently employed as a counsellor/advocate at CASA House in Melbourne. Kendra is also completing her PhD in Criminology at the University of Melbourne. Her research examines the relationships between feminist sexual assault counselling frameworks, embodiment and spiritual healing. In this seminar, Kendra will offers reflections on the current sexual assault sector, weaving her perspectives as a practicing social worker and early career researcher.


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