Dr. Courtney Ahrens to Speak at AAUW Meeting on Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military

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Career Development Grant recipient, Elaine WaldmanDr. Courtney Ahrens, Professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach will be the guest speaker at the Saturday, March 2, 2013 meeting of the Long Beach branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW). Dr. Ahrens has done extensive research on sexual assault and domestic violence and has worked with rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters. She will discuss the highly acclaimed documentary “The Invisible War” about the topic of sexual assault in the U.S. military.

Dr. Ahrens earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Smith College and her master’s and doctorate degrees in community psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

According to the most recent report by the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), 3,192 sexual assaults were reported out of an estimated 19,000 – roughly 52 a day – between October 1, 2010 to September 31, 2011. The Department of Defense estimates that roughly 14 percent of such assaults were reported. Such reports rarely result in significant punishment for the attackers.

Dr. Courtney Ahrens presentation at the meeting of the Long Beach branch of American Association of University Women is Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Leisure World, in Clubhouse 4, 1280 Golden Rain Road, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

Social begins at 9:30 a.m., business meeting at 10:00 a.m., program at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:00. Cost of the luncheon is $14.00. For more information and reservations, please call Margy Arthur at 562-799-8479 by February 23. AAUW Membership is open to those with an AA degree or higher. To learn more about membership in AAUW, please go to www.aauw-longbeach.org.

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