Sexual Violence Awareness Month Brings ‘Let’s Talk About IT’ to Southeast



April 12, 2010 – Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder, experts on sexual assault awareness, prevention and sexual empowerment, will present a program titled “Let’s Talk About ‘IT’” at Southeast Missouri State University April 13 in observance of Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

The program is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.

Their passion for sharing “Let’s Talk About ‘IT’,” stems from Addington’s experience with sexual assault while in college, its impact on their lives, the trauma of the resulting pregnancy and the critical role their friendship played in the recovery process. They use a three-step model to teach participants how they can help reduce sexual violence. Using their personal experience, expertise and ability to relate to audiences, their program treats both men and women as allies while focusing on the importance of communication, bystander prevention, personal responsibility and supporting survivors. Using sexual empowerment as their platform, they offer innovative ways to address alcohol, sex under the influence and date rape drugs.Their emphasis is on acknowledging that students are not the problem but the solution. Those who participate can learn how they can be a part of the solution and leave with the tools to make their community a safer place.

Addington and Tieder are activists, educators, authors and advocates whose goal is to bring communities together to enact change. Since 2003, the two have shared their message with hundreds of campuses, communities and professional conferences nationally. In 2006, they founded Unite for Change, a global campaign to promote sexual assault awareness and prevention, sexual health and healthy sexuality and in 2009, they launched the popular educational tool, Sexversations®.

They have been featured on Dateline NBC as experts on the dangers of sexual assault and date rape drugs, appeared on The Fox Morning Show, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox. In 2008, Addington and Tieder received the Speakers of the Year Silver Star award from the Campus Activities Magazine Readers Choice Awards and in 2009 they showcased at APCA Nationals and NACA Nationals. They are currently working on their first book to be released this year.

Addington, who lives in Florida, holds a degree in interdisciplinary social sciences from the University of West Florida. She has volunteered with The Ophelia Project, The Centre for Women and Alpha Gamma Delta. She is the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of West Florida and currently serves on the Relationship Equality and Anti-violence League Advisory Board.

Tieder is an active member of her community. She holds a degree in theatre from the University of West Florida and has volunteered her time with such organizations as The University of Tampa, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Alpha Gamma Delta. She is a 30 under 30 award recipient, local chair of the University of West Florida Alumni Association and a member of the Athena Society. She also serves on the board of directors for The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.