UC Irvine Today
Discounting Women: Doubting Domestic Violence Survivors’ Credibility and Dismissing Their Experiences
A lecture by Deborah Epstein. The #MeToo movement, #WhyIStayed and #WhyIDidntReport campaigns, and Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearings raised public awareness not only about workplace harassment, domestic violence, and sexual abuse, but also about how routinely women survivors face a Gaslight-style gauntlet of doubt, disbelief, and outright dismissal of their stories. This pattern is particularly disturbing in the justice system, where women face a legal twilight zone: laws meant to protect them and deter further abuse often fail to achieve their purpose, as the arbiters of justice and social welfare adopt and enforce legal and social policies and practices with little regard for how they perpetuate patterns of abuse.
Tuesday, April 16 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Law Building, EDU 1131
401 East Peltason, Irvine, CA 92697