Meet Megan Rae

"It's always fun to see how people respond when I tell them what I do, it's not a job for everyone. But it is the most rewarding path I have taken. "

 

Calling Minnesota home, Megan has traveled across the country providing energetic and engaging presentations and training. Utilizing her BA in Theatre Performance and an MA in Gender and Women's Studies, Rae has the unique ability to create a dynamic environment around intense subjects. 

"These are tough things to talk about, especially in a world increasingly loaded with cases in the media and current political climate. People either want to join the cause, feel deflated not knowing what to do, or possibly just don't care. I had to find a way to reach them. So I use humor and energy."

 

What makes "When..." powerful is it's format that allows the audience members to guide the presentation through discussion and safe debate. It allows people to feel included and have power to make a cultural change just by resisting rape culture norms.

 

Rae has been recognized through the following awards throughout the years:

Certificate of Sexual Assault Advocacy

Outstanding Student Leadership Award

Leadership in Action Award

Women of Courage and Vision Award (3x)

Outside of presenting/training and curriculum conception, Megan works at The Domestic Abuse Project in Minneapolis, MN as the 24 Hour Hotline/Volunteer Coordinator. Prior to that, Megan volunteered as a sexual assault advocate with the Sexual Violence Center in Minneapolis, MN providing direct services to primary and secondary victims of sexual assault. 

Previous Presentations/Training since 2015:

  • Creating an Active Campus: Relationship Violence/Rape Culture, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater Virginia

  • Working with Victims/Survivors with Eating Disorder, Sexual Violence Center, Minneapolis MN

  • Rape Culture, Sexual Violence Center, Minneapolis MN

  • Creating an Active Campus, Winona State University, Winona, MN

  • Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence Center, Minneapolis MN

  • Theatre of the Oppressed: Engaging our Community and Valuing Marginalized Voices, BECAUSE Conference, Minneapolis, MN

  • Sexual Violence 101, Black Upper School, Minneapolis, MN

  • Beyond the Binary: Gender-based Violence and LGBTQ Communities, BECAUSE Conference, Minneapolis, MN

  • Theatre of the Oppressed: Engaging our Community and Valuing Marginalized Voices, BECAUSE Conference, Minneapolis, MN

  • Beyond the Binary: Gender-based Violence and LGBTQ Communities, Winona State University, Winona, MN

  • Advocacy Training: Working with Queer Survivors of Sexual Assault, Winona State University, Winona, MN

  • Consent Carnival, Health and Wellness Center, Augsburg College, St. Paul, MN

  • Community Education: Train the Trainer, Sexual Violence Center, Minneapolis, MN

  • Queer Identities: Train the Trainer, Sexual Violence Center, Minneapolis, MN

  • Sexual Harassment, Twin Cities Academy, St. Paul, MN

  • Rape Culture, Augsburg College, St. Paul, MN     

  • Sexual Violence 101, Wayzata High School, Wayzata, MN

  • Gender 101, CRUSH Youth Conference, Minneapolis, MN   

  • Theatre of the Oppressed: Engaging our Community and Valuing Marginalized Voices, Minnesota Coalition of Sexual Assault Annual Conference, Walker, MN  

  • Sexual Violence 101¸CRUSH Youth Conference, Minneapolis, MN

  • Sexual Violence 101, Anwatin Middle School, Minneapolis, MN 

  • Sexual Violence 101, Cristo Rey Middle School, Minneapolis, MN

  • Sexual Violence: What do we do about it?, Blake Upper School, Minneapolis, MN

  • The Clothesline Project, Sexual Violence Center, Minneapolis, MN

  • Take Back the Night Speaker, Blake Upper School, Minneapolis, MN                                                                        

  • BECAUSE Conference¸ Bisexual Organization Project, University of Minnesota, A Photo Essay: Understanding and Portraying Bi*-Trans*-Cis* Intersections                                                                                                      

  • Sexual Violence: What do we do about it?, Blake Upper School, Minneapolis, MN                          

  • Vagina Monologues Speaker, Minneapolis, MN, Topic: Importance of gender pronouns

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