“Sexy Baby” Showing – Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 PM

Please join us for a community showing of the documentary Sexy Baby. The documentary will be shown at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 23rd at the Collins Road Theatre.  Following the film there will be a brief interactive panel for group discussion. Panelists will include:

  • Matt Hobson, a Regional Epidemiologist for the Iowa Department of Public Health and a former Disease Prevention Specialist for the State of Iowa. He also taught Human Sexuality at University of Northern Iowa for 11 years.
  • Jenna Laib, a certified Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Advocate through the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She is currently the Family and Youth Advocate at Waypoint.

Parents, educators, college students and anyone interested in the effects that the internet has had on women’s health and self-esteem are encouraged to attend.

Sexy Baby features three women and documents how the internet has altered their lives.  The first story follows a 12-year-old girl who is savvy, thoughtful and, like most teenagers, is interested in the internet and social media.  Her story highlights the challenges that come from social media and the need to balance sharing information while maintaining privacy.  The second story follows a self-conscious 22-year-old kindergarten teacher who is considering plastic surgery after her boyfriend negatively compares her body to internet porn stars’.  The final story follows a professional pole dance teacher and prior porn star who is trying to transition back into mainstream life.  Sexy Baby documents how the internet and the adult entertainment world have created a new sexual landscape and have skewed society’s perceptions of what is ‘normal’ and beautiful.

The suggested donation for this documentary is $5.  Due to the content of this film, attendees should be 18 years or older.  For more information about this film or to see the trailer, please go to www.SexyBabyMovie.com.

Human Trafficking in Iowa: What You Can Do?

SHA is hosting a panel titled Human Trafficking in Iowa: What Can You Do? Human trafficking – the illegal trade of people for sexual exploitation or forced labor – is not often thought of as an Iowa problem, yet it does occur in our state. But what can be done about it? Attend the panel to learn more about this problem and find out what you can do!

Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Location: Kelser Auditorium, Coe College
Hickock Hall, 1220 1st Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids

Speakers: Jason Semprini, Iowa Legal Aid
Katie Burrell, St. Luke’s Child Protection Center
Sgt. Kevin Kinney, Johnson County Sherriff’s Department

This event is sponsored by the Coe Human Rights Advocates.

July’s Meeting Information

Heads up! Our regularly scheduled meeting in July is cancelled! Instead, meet our coalition members at 2:30pm on Thursday, July 12th at the Panera Bread on Edgewood Road in Cedar Rapids.  On behalf of our fundraising committee, we’ll be discussing plans for our fall fundraising event. If you liked our first annual soireé, come and get the inside scoop on this year’s event!

Were you at our first annual event?