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Educational Video Resources

The following TED Talk videos offer further education about sexual violence, domestic violence, and sex education.

TED Talk: Our Story of Rape and Reconciliation by Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger

Site Description: In 1996, Thordis Elva shared a teenage romance with Tom Stranger, an exchange student from Australia. After a school dance, Tom raped Thordis, after which they parted ways for many years. In this extraordinary talk, Elva and Stranger move through a years-long chronology of shame and silence, and invite us to discuss the omnipresent global issue of sexual violence in a new, honest way.

TED Talk: Why Domestic Violence Victims Don't Leave by Leslie Morgan Steiner 

Site Description: Leslie Morgan Steiner was in "crazy love" — that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.

TED Talk: How Online Abuse of Women Has Spiraled Out of Control by Ashley Judd

Site Description: Enough with online hate speech, sexual harassment and threats of violence against women and marginalized groups. It's time to take the global crisis of online abuse seriously. In this searching, powerful talk, Ashley Judd recounts her ongoing experience of being terrorized on social media for her unwavering activism and calls on citizens of the internet, the tech community, law enforcement and legislators to recognize the offline harm of online harassment.

TEDx Talk: My Story by Elizabeth Smart

Site Description: The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. In this riveting talk, she discusses her abduction and encourages you that when you are faced with a trial, don't give up, don't surrender, move forward, because you never know the lives you will be able to touch.

TED Talk: The Reporting System that Sexual Assault Survivors Want by Jessica Ladd

Site Description: We don't have to live in a world where 99 percent of rapists get away with it, says TED Fellow Jessica Ladd. With Callisto, a new platform for college students to confidentially report sexual assault, Ladd is helping survivors get the support and justice they deserve while respecting their privacy concerns. "We can create a world where there's a real deterrent to violating the rights of another human being," she says.

TED Talk: Violence Against Women—It’s a Men’s Issue by Jackson Katz

Site Description: Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women's issues." But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men's issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.

TED Talk: A Call to Men by Tony Porter

Site Description: At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the "man box."

TED Talk: Sex Needs a New Metaphor—Here’s One by Al Vernacchio

Site Description: For some reason, says educator Al Vernacchio, the metaphors for talking about sex in the US all come from baseball — scoring, getting to first base, etc. The problem is, this frames sex as a competition, with a winner and a loser. Instead, he suggests a new metaphor, one that's more about shared pleasure, discussion and agreement, fulfillment and enjoyment. Let's talk about … pizza.

TED Talk: It’s Time for “The Talk” by Julia Sweeney

Site Description: Despite her best efforts, comedian Julia Sweeney is forced to tell a little white lie when her 8-year-old begins learning about frog reproduction — and starts to ask some very smart questions.