School Based: Safe Schools, Neighborhoods, and Housing

Fighting from Both Sides: Sexualized Violence from Society and in Partner Relationships

Andrew Pari

Andrew Pari

Sexual Assault Awareness, LLC

9AM - 10AM -

Session Overview

LGBTQ+ teens are not only targets of sexualized harassment from the heteronormative community, but from in-relationship sexualized intimate partner violence (IPV) as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), LGBTQ people experience sexual violence at similar or higher rates than heterosexuals. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects (NCAVP) estimates that nearly one in ten LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) has experienced sexual assault from those partners. Studies suggest that around half of transgender people and bisexual women will experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes. The Atlantic’s landmark 2015 article reported that “Overall, three in four LGBT [college] students reported experiencing sexual harassment.”  When compared with the well-known statistic that 1-in-4 women will experience sexualized violence during college, this number is staggering. This presentation will provide a strong overview of sexualized violence from both without and within the LGBTQ+ youth community along with education and prevention strategies for attendees to use in addressing this problem. Co-presented with Julia Schiffman, MSW


Andrew Pari, L.C.S.W., Diplomate, is the nation’s leading authority on the arousal response mechanism in sexualized violence (ARMSA). Founder/Director of Sexual Assault Awareness, LLC, he has over 20 years’ experience treating survivors of sexualized violence, including sex workers. He consults and trains nationally, providing legal consultation, and curriculum development for SARS and campus awareness programs. He directed the psychiatric emergency and disaster response team in Los Angeles County, responding to anything from celebrity calls to airline crashes. He is one of the NASW’s “1000 Experts,” responding to media inquiries/interviews on trauma, sexual violence, and disaster response. Mr. Pari has hosted the largest public discussions on topics related to sexual abuse and rape. He is a moderator for two online forums on rape and recovery. He is a sought after speaker at international conferences on sexual trauma, including the National Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW) and End Violence Against Women, Int’l (EVAWI). He was co-creator and host of the Los Angeles radio show, Chasing the Why, where he covered a wide-range of social topics from the Japanese tsunami disaster to the international SlutWalk movement. In addition to his professional endeavors, Andrew is an accomplished performer, having trained and directed improvisational-comedy troupes, and won a 2015 Los Angeles regional theatre award for his portrayal of Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He received his Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1992, was licensed in 1996, and awarded the mark of advanced clinical practice of Diplomate in 1999.