Thursday, March 9, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault Incidents at Your Event
Dr. Kari Sampsel, MD, FRCPC, DipForSci
University of Ottawa, Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical Director - Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Sexual assault at festivals and events is a common occurrence which has garnered international media attention in recent months. This session will outline the scope of and risk factors for these assaults. It will also give practical prevention mechanisms and interventions you can undertake to keep all your attendees safe.
Dr. Kari Sampsel is a staff Emergency Physician and the Medical Director of the Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program at the Ottawa Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. She graduated with honours from University of Calgary Cellular Molecular and Microbial Biology program and completed her Masters of Science in Biochemistry in the area of cancer biology. She next completed medical school and her Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada specialty training in Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University. She undertook fellowship training in Clinical Forensic Medicine at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine in Melbourne, Australia, and is currently the only Canadian physician to hold this designation. She has been active in the fields of forensic medicine and medical education, with multiple international conference presentations, publications and committee work. Dr. Sampsel has been instrumental in working with community groups and launching a number of community initiatives, including bystander intervention training for preventing sexual assault. She has been honoured with a number of national awards in recognition of her commitment to education and awareness.