Kimberly Dickman believes sexual assault can be stopped.
Dickman, a sexual assault program analyst for the U.S Air Force Academy, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday (Dec. 4) in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Her topic will be “It Takes a Campus: Stopping Sexual Assault and Building Healthy Relationships.” The event is free and open to all. Parking in UW-Stout lots is free after 4 p.m.
On her website www.drkdickman.com, Dickman notes that sexual violence is a serious public health issue affecting families, friends, co-workers and loved ones but is preventable. Public health underscores the importance of preventing sexual violence before it occurs, she says.
Evidence-based programs that promote social norms and teach skills are needed to stop sexual violence, according to Dickman.
UW-Stout’s Associate Dean of Students John Achter said Dickman’s appearance is being sponsored by the university’s Sexual Violence Coalition. The program is part of a campus-wide initiative to prevent sexual violence.
“All campuses are charged with stepping up prevention and response to sexual violence incidents,” Achter said. “Dickman is a nationally known expert.”
While on campus, Dickman is scheduled to meet with fraternity and sorority organizations, LGBTQIA+ members, student athletes, ROTC members, peer health educators, staff from University Housing and the student center and with university coaches.
Dickman has a B.A. degree in psychology and a Master of Arts in educational psychology from the University of Colorado-Boulder; a Master of Science in mental health counseling from Texas A&M University; and a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University, Hawaii. She has taught in Korea, been a school counselor in Japan and Guam and the chief of training and development for U.S. Air Force sexual assault prevention and response at the Pentagon.