Jillian Bullock to Speak at the Invisible Wounds Conference
DATE: October 5, 2017
TIME: 9am – 4pm (Registration at 8am)
LOCATION: Paul Robeson Center, Rutgers University – Newark, NJ
Jillian Bullock, award-winning filmmaker, who is also a sexual assault and domestic violence survivor, will be on the panel at the Invisible Wounds Conference. She will show the trailer of her upcoming movie “A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Lives,” which deals with veterans, PTSD and military sexual assault, and then discuss the movie and why she decided to write, direct and produce it.
Jillian will also be on the Domestic Violence Panel and will share how she overcame her own battles with trauma.
The other experts on the domestic violence panel includes:
Ron Blake – Phoenix resident who was sexually assaulted by three men in his own apartment. One of the perpetrators was his then partner. Blake found recovery through laughter while watching the Steve Colbert show. He started taking poster boards around Phoenix and had people sign them to express their support. As of today, he has over 26,000 signatures and the poster board cover an entire football field. Blake has even done a TEDx talk.
Dr. LeAnne Bruce: Bruce oversees the VA’s Intimate Partner Violence program, working with veterans who have been victims of sexual abuse.
Cynthia Walker: She started an organization S.O.F.I.A (Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates) after meeting a local resident whose sister was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in front of her own children during swimming lessons.
Opening Remarks (via video) from Senator Cory Booker, the former Mayor of Newark, N.J.
One out of every three women and one out of every four men have been physically abused by an intimate partner. Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.
Victims of domestic violence lose over eight million days of paid work each year. The cost of domestic violence exceeds $8.3 billion annually.
One in every five adults is diagnosed with a mental health condition. Over 50% of individuals diagnosed with a mental disability DO NOT get help. Six out of 10 young adults diagnosed with depression do not get help.
Children in an urban community are more likely to suffer from PTSD than a soldier returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. More than 60% of men and 51% of women experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetimes.
Over half a million troops deployed since 2001 suffer from PTSD. Less than 20% receive adequate care. There are more than 50,000 homeless veterans every night.
Every month nearly 1,000 veterans attempt to take their own life. The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is 10%. Over 1.5 million veterans will enter the labor force in the next five years.
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