U.S. Embassy Presents Discussion on Combatting “Rape Culture” with Expert Dr. Juley Fulcher


Due to travel complications, Dr. Fulcher’s arrival in Ottawa has been delayed.

As a result, she will not be able to participate in today’s programming. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this might cause.

The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Independent Initiative Against Rape Culture (IIARC) on the University of Ottawa campus, will be hosting a discussion featuring dating and domestic violence prevention expert Dr. Juley Fulcher. The event, entitled The Trivialization of Sexual Violence: from Taboo to Twitter, will feature discussions about “rape culture” in social circles and online, acceptable and healthy behavior among youth and how to address violent and negative behavior among peers.

Dr. Fulcher has been working in the violence against women field for 20 years. She founded and managed the Washington, DC offices of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Break the Cycle — a nonprofit organization providing tools and resources to prevent and end dating abuse among young people ages 12 to 24. A central aspect of her work throughout her career has been building coalitions and collaborative relationships with diverse range of organizations, services providers, government agencies, schools and universities, victim’s rights groups, youth groups, business leaders, and legislators on the national, state, and local level in order to create systems change.

A member of the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women (Task Force), Dr. Fulcher has chaired or co-chaired a number of committees within the Task Force, including the college campus committee, children & youth committee, LGBTQ committee, underserved populations committee and the legislative drafting committee for the Violence Against Women Act reauthorizations of the bill in 2000, 2005 and 2013.

WHAT: The Trivialization of Sexual Violence: from Taboo to Twitter
WHERE: University of Ottawa (Tabaret Hall, Room 112)
WHEN: March 25, 2014
TIME: 2-4 p.m.

Dr. Fulcher currently serves as a part-time faculty member of the Women & Politics Institute of American University where she teaches “The Politics of Violence Against Women” and the Women & Gender Studies Department at Georgetown University where she teaches “Sexual Politics” and “The Psychology of Gender.”

While in Canada, Dr. Fulcher will be participating in a number of activities in Halifax, Ottawa and Vancouver.

Media are invited to attend the public event and interviews are available upon request.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Young
Media Assistant
U.S. Embassy Ottawa
Tel: 613-688-5315
Email: youngjm1@state.gov