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‘Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence’ topic of ‘Women on Wednesdays’ talk
Drs. Emily Donald (left) and Rebecca Milner, side-by-side studio portraits

JOHNSON CITY (March 13, 2019) – Although often overshadowed by discussions of gender-based violence in real time, sexual offenses on social media and other online platforms are on the rise.  Two East Tennessee State University faculty members will address these issues in their talk, “Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence: Cyberflashers on the Digital Playground,” on Wednesday, March 20.

This free public presentation is part of the ongoing “Women on Wednesdays” Lecture Series sponsored by the ETSU Women’s Studies Program and will begin at noon in the Reece Museum. 

The phenomenon of cyberflashing, the sending or receiving of unsolicited, explicit photographs, will be addressed by Drs. Rebecca Milner and Emily Donald, both assistant professors in the Counseling Program within the ETSU Department of Counseling and Human Services.

Milner and Donald say that while this topic has not been adequately acknowledged in the media or addressed in scholarship and is currently absent from counseling literature, cyberflashing is a real, easily hidden and often invisible form of violence that is on the rise.

While their original intention was to investigate cyberflashing in the context of dating apps, Milner and Donald quickly found a potentially dangerous gap in the field – the increasingly widespread and relatively undetected transfer of these photographs.  In their presentation, the two will map the trajectory of their research, discuss the status of their project and look forward to next steps.

Donald earned her Ph.D. in counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where her studies included a focus on multicultural issues in counseling.

Milner is the coordinator of the clinical mental health concentration within the Counseling Program and also provides consulting services through her own business, Empatheia Consulting, LLC.  She earned her Ph.D. in counseling and supervision from James Madison University.

The “Women on Wednesdays” series is designed to raise awareness about the research, scholarship and community engagement conducted by women at ETSU; to provide a venue where women on campus and in the community can discuss and support each other’s work; and to give students an opportunity to meet faculty who could become mentors for their studies.

For more information, call Dr. Phyllis Thompson, director of Women’s Studies, at 423-439-4125. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Hill

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