Psychology of Victimization Discussion at Macaulay Honors College

(April 13, 2015, New York, NY) – Macaulay Honors College, the William R. Kenan Scholars Program and the Avasara Club at CUNY host “The Psychology of Victimization and the Survivors of Slavery” panel discussion on May 5, 2015, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. This event focuses on the process of victimization during instances of gender-based violence. The panel will also explore the rehabilitation process, and how art and other methods can empower survivors.

Panelists will include Chitra Raghavan, psychology professor at John Jay College, who is also a researcher on partner violence; Anne Pollack, a founder and executive director of the organization Crossing Point Arts. The event also will include a representative from a prominent domestic violence organization, and a survivor of human trafficking will share her story.

There will be a catered dinner following the discussion and opportunities to chat with experts. To join the discussion, please RSVP to:

More on the panelists:

Chitra Raghavan, Professor of Psychology and Researcher whose work focuses on intimate partner violence, intimate partner rape, femicide, and gender rights. One of her recent projects investigates how abusers use different tactics, including coercive control and sexual violence, to achieve control over their partners. She looks at psychological factors believed to trigger domestic abuse, as well as the political, economic, and socio-cultural factors that sustain or worsen the violence.

Anne Pollack, Founder and Executive Director of Crossing Point Arts: Bringing the Arts to Survivors of Human Trafficking.This organization strives to “bring the healing power of the arts into the lives of individuals emerging from modern day enslavement.” Participants heal and grow by partaking in music, dance, theater, visual arts and writing workshops.

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and the largest city, New York City. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, and an Opportunities Fund to pursue global learning, research and service opportunities. Macaulay students enroll in one of eight CUNY senior colleges: Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, and Queens Colleges and the College of Staten Island. For more information, see

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