Andrew Pari, LCSW, Diplomate
Andrew Pari, LCSW, Diplomate, is the nation’s leading authority on the neuro-biological arousal response in sexualized violence and related “taboo” topics in the sexual assault field. Founder and Director of Sexual Assault Awareness, LLC, he is a psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience treating survivors, including specialized populations in the sex trade and victims of trafficking.
He consults and trains forensics and mental health professionals nationally and internationally, provides expert testimony, and has assisted in curriculum development for SARS and campus sexual assault awareness programs. He is one of the NASW’s “1000 Experts,” selected to respond to media inquiries/interviews on trauma, sexualized violence, and disaster response. He served on the 2017 NASW National Policy Task Force for Sex Work and Commercialized Sex Trade. He directed the psychiatric emergency response team for West Los Angeles, responding to anything from celebrity interventions to airline crashes. In 2018, Mr. Pari spearheaded the campaign to have the Antelope Valley declared the largest “Start By Believing” region in California, a national program dedicated to believing sexual assault survivors.
Mr. Pari hosted the largest ever public discussions on topics related to sexual abuse and rape. He is a moderator for forums on rape and recovery. He is a sought-after speaker on sexual trauma at international conferences, including the National Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW), and the National Center for Victims of Crime.
He was co-creator and host of the Los Angeles radio show, Chasing the Why, where he covered a wide-range of social topics from the Japanese tsunami disaster to the international SlutWalk movement.
He received his Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1992, and currently practices, trains, and consults as Executive Director of Sexual Assault Awareness, LLC.
He can be contacted via his website: www.SAAwareness.com and by email: Andrew@SAAwareness.com.
Languages Spoken: English