Session 3A: Addressing the Stigma Surrounding Male Victims
Track: Advocacy & Communications
Over the last few years, society has wrestled with stigmas surrounding sexual assault in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Statistics are abundant and calls for action are immediate, yet there is still little discussion regarding Male Victims of sexual abuse. Myths and stigmas surrounding Male Victims are still circulated as fact, resources remain scarce or unattainable, and the research presented is becoming dated. It is time to openly address the stigma and better serve this population.
Training & Prevention Director
Lincoln-Lancaster County Child Advocacy Center
Christy Prang is the Training and Prevention Director at the Child Advocacy Center where she educates and empowers adults to protect and stand up for kids. Since becoming part of the Child Advocacy Center family in 2015, Christy has been able to live out her passion by helping educate Law Enforcement, DHHS, School Professional, Mental Health Professionals, Churches and many Youth-Serving organizations across 17 counties in Southeast Nebraska. Prior to working at the Child Advocacy Center, Christy developed a passion for working for children and families at CEDARS Youth Services. Christy spent 10 years working with the foster care program, both as a Family Partner and later as a trainer. Christy also spent time working in the CEDARS Maternity Group Home, Boys Home and Emergency Shelter programs. Christy graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management and Public Administration from Doane University. Christy’s received her undergraduate in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Christy loves spending time with her family, reading and running!
Lead Forensic Interviewer
Lincoln/Lancaster Child Advocacy Center
Jake Hedden is currently the Lead Forensic Interviewer at the Child Advocacy Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he leads the forensic interview team. He has been at the CAC for the last 5 years and has conducted over 1200 interviews to date. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Peru State College in 2014 and is completing his Master’s in Forensic Science from Nebraska Wesleyan. Jake developed the Male Victims training to bring awareness to men and boys who have experienced abuse. Away from work, Jake enjoys playing disc golf with his family.