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S24-205 The Intersectionality of Sexual Assault for Women of Color [Updated]

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families
Teresa Stafford
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



Sexual assault against Women of Color has historically been an attack against not only their identities as women, but also their racial identity. Research indicates that Women of Color are often at elevated risks for sexual assault and that their experience of sexual assault is usually made more complex by factors such as race, socioeconomic status, and lack of culturally appropriate services. This presentation will connect the historical sexual assault of Women of Color and its implications for how society responds to Women of Color survivors today.


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Teresa M. Stafford is the CEO and Principal Consultant at Inspiring Change, LLC where she is dedicated to transformative conversations that inspire individuals and organizations to change. Teresa is an Executive Coach specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Teresa expertly creates safe spaces that encourage individuals to lean into discomfort and seek self-awareness. Teresa is a nationally sought out speaker and trainer. She is a contract consultant with International Association of Chief of Police and RTI International. Teresa also serves at the Chief Advocacy Officer at Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, the largest independent rape crisis center in the nation. Teresa has over 25 years of experience providing direct service to both offenders and victims of crime, with a specialization in sexual violence, domestic violence, and families of homicide victims. As Chief Advocacy Officer, Teresa advocates for system change needed to create a climate that is trauma-informed for all survivors.  

Agenda & Learning Objectives


8:50 - Log on 


9:00 - 10:30 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of Women of Color, as its relation to sexual violence, and the anti-oppression/anti-violence movement.  

  • Identify the implications and present-day manifestations of historical trauma on Women of Color.  


10:30 - 10:45 Break  


10:45 - 12:15 

  • Examine the impact of bias when responding to survivors of color and gain tools to depower their biases. 

  • Apply ways to be trauma informed when engaging with survivors of color while incorporating cultural humility.  


12:15  Questions & Adjournment  



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of Women of Color, its relation to sexual violence, and the anti-oppression/anti-violence movement.  

  • Identify the implications and present-day manifestations of historical trauma on Women of Color.  

  • Examine the impact of bias when responding to Survivors of Color and gain tools to depower provider biases.  

  • Apply ways to be trauma-informed when engaging with Survivors of Color while incorporating cultural humility.   

Bibliography & References


• Barlow, J. (2020). Black women, the forgotten survivors of sexual assault. Retrieved on March 2, 2020 from

• Black Women’s Blueprint (2015) When truth is justice and not enough: Executive summary to the Black women’s truth and reconciliation commission. Retrieved on June 15, 2020 from

• Epstein, R., Blake, J. J., & Gonzalez, T. (2017). Girlhood interrupted: The erasure of Black girls' childhood. Georgetown University Law Center. Retrieved on October 1, 2020 from

• McGuire, D. (2011). At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power.

• Rosay, A. (2016). Violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men. Retrieved on October 1, 2020 from

• Women of Color National Network (2019). Publications. Retrieved on October 13, 2020 from



Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

The base price is $70 and includes CE credit. A non-refundable late fee of $20 is added on 03/29/24. 

Cancellations** must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.

Late fees cannot be refunded or applied to  account credit. 

**ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.**

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