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Stopping Violence Against Utah Girls & Women

February 17

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

The Utah Women & Leadership Project invites you to join us for our second Spring Women’s Leadership Forum.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, reports from those on the front lines indicate that all types of violence against women and girls has intensified. Did you know that one in four girls is sexually abused before age 18 — that’s an estimated 42 million women in the United States. Violence against women remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma, and shame surrounding it. Most survivors keep the abuse a secret for many years, and most don’t talk about the abuse until adulthood. As survivors carry the weight of their abuse, they often struggle with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, insomnia, panic attacks, addiction, learning difficulties, chronic pain, and unhealthy relationships. Dr. Susan R. Madsen and panelists will present research and data as they discuss the realities of this kind of violence in Utah. Ending violence against women is everyone’s business. Learn how you can support survivors and how you can do your part to protect girls and women from violence and sexual abuse.


Liliana Olvera-Arbon joined UCASA over a year ago, with over 10 years of experience working in social services. She demonstrated profound leadership while working at a Los Angeles based rape crisis center and later as a Program Coordinator at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Her vision is to center and uplift the voices of communities marginalized by society and bring a deep commitment toward social equity and collective liberation. She is dedicated to educating people of their rights and opportunities and envisions a world free of gender-based violence. In her spare time, Liliana enjoys taking walks to the park with her husband and their sweet doggy Daisy!

Chris Yadon joined The Younique Foundation as executive director in 2015. Most of his professional career has been in start-up executive management with an emphasis in operations, marketing, and sales. He brings a valuable skillset to the organization and is deeply committed to addressing the epidemic of child sexual abuse. Chris plays an important role as a spokesperson for The Younique Foundation. His expertise centers on heightening awareness to the epidemic of child sexual abuse, as well as educating the public on best practices for prevention and the healing services available to survivors. Chris has been featured across several media platforms where he is often requested to contribute as an industry thought leader and expert. Chris considers his family as his greatest accomplishment. He is the grateful father of six children: three boys and three girls and one amazing grandson. He and his wife, Christy, have been married for 23 years.

Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Division in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah. Dr. Fukushima is also a faculty fellow with the Center for Design, Arts, & Social Research. She is author of the award-winning book Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the U.S. Her research scholarship covers issues of migration, violence, race, gender, and witnessing. She is currently leading a project on Visualizing Gender-Based Violence and the lead for the creation of the University of Utah’s Gender-Based Violence Consortium. Her expertise on immigration, violence, and human trafficking is recognized across the continental US where she has served as an expert witness on human trafficking, immigration, and violence for a range of courts (immigration, civil, and criminal), in California, Colorado, Utah, and Washington, United States. Dr. Fukushima has implemented community-based research projects to assess the needs of survivors of violence.

Jennifer Campbell, Executive Director of South Valley Services, has lived in Utah her whole life and loves it. She is married with two children, and she loves the mountains and seasons here especially winter skiing. Jennifer graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and taught as a third-grade teacher for Jordan School District for 4 years. She also has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Southern Utah University. She has worked at South Valley Services for ten years. She started as a volunteer and loved the mission and the services so much that she never left! In 2015, the Board of Trustees appointed Jennifer as the Executive Director of South Valley Services. She serves as a board member on the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC) and also a committee member on the Salt Lake Valley Coalition to End Homelessness (SLVCEH). Jennifer remains committed to supporting survivors of sexual/domestic violence through education, advocacy, and collaboration.

Organizer: USU’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

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Organizer: Utah State University

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Organizer: Utah Education Network (UEN)

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