I am a criminal justice professor and sex crimes policy expert at the University of Washington, Tacoma. I am currently involved in several research projects related to sex crimes policy and management and restorative justice practices that bridge survivor and perpetrator voices. My advocacy work centers on survivor storytelling and healing. I am a founding member of the Sex Offense Policy and Research Working Group.
I am a fiercely outspoken advocate in ending the shame and stigma around sexual violence. I firmly believe that stopping sexual violence requires us to actively change the conversation. We must listen to survivors speak about the short and long term effects of trauma and we must make the topic of sexual violence and victimization less taboo. I use my personal and professional expertise to provide safe spaces for survivors to speak out.
I have learned that in order to be effective as a researcher, scholar, and advocate, I must be intentional about stepping away from my work to unwind and recharge. One way I do this is through painting. You can view some of my artwork here. Please use the "contact me" tab above if you are interested in purchasing or commissioning a painting. A portion of proceeds from sales of my art will be donated to organizations that focus on sexual assault resources and prevention.