AMHERST, Mass. – Human rights activist Laura X will discuss her work combating marital and date rape in the United States and internationally on Thursday, May 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Center for Women & Community (CWC) in the second floor reading room in New Africa House at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Laura X will also present her groundbreaking interview on “60 Minutes” and join a panel of local experts from the CWC and Safe Passage to discuss contemporary strategies to end “rape culture” and sexual violence, including addressing human trafficking and the international sex trade in girls and women. She will also take questions from the audience.
The founder and director of the National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape, in Berkeley, Calif., Laura changed her last name to “X” in protest against and acknowledgement of the lack of women’s rights, history and self-ownership. When the clearinghouse was started in 1978, only five states had outlawed marital rape. Laura X directed the successful 1979 California campaign to make marital rape a crime. She has since acted as a consultant to numerous other state and international campaigns against marital rape.As a result of her collaborative efforts, marital, date and cohabitant rape have been crimes in all 50 states since 1993.