The 12th annual Gender Conference at Penn State Behrend aims to make a difference

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It’s a conference that aims to tackle issues associated with gender, sexuality, and identity online. 

Image based abuse is when someone shares or threatens to share intimate images without the consent of the person in the photo.

The abuse can happen to anyone, even a former Emmy winning television news anchor from Pittsburgh. Darieth Chisolm is an image based abuse survivor who launched the campaign 50 shades of silence to bring attention to cyber bullying. 

“I think for a lot of people are not even aware of what this is and how prevalent this is,” said Chisolm. The conference got strong reactions from the students that attended. “They are horrified at some instances,” said Senior Heather Riley. 

The conference will also include topics associated with hashtags like “Me Too” and issues that the LGBTQ community deals with. “It’s an emotional experience to hear all of these stories,” said Senior Lauren Osmanski. 

The conference will also be held April 18th from 9:30 am to 6pm at Penn State Behrend’s Reed Union Building. 

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