LISTEN TO ME: stories of child sexual abuse survivors and those who help them
October 18, 2013- 7PM FREE
University Settlement, NYC
LISTEN TO ME: stories of child sexual abuse survivors and those who help them is a 40-minute production created by Kingsbridge Heights Community Center and Ping Chong + Company, written by Jesca Prudencio and Ireen Ninonuevo (KHCC). Therapists from KHCC share their own stories, and give voice to the experiences of child survivors who have gone through KHCC’s child sexual abuse prevention and treatment program. The production premiered in April 2013 at Kingsbridge Heights Community Center.
Listen to Me is part of Ping Chong + Company’s Undesirable Elements series and theSecret Survivors National Initiative to use theater to raise awareness around issues of child sexual abuse. Modeled on Ping Chong + Company’s original Secret Survivors production, social service organizations from around the country participated in a 2012 arts and activism training with Ping Chong + Company, and are now creating their own theatrical productions and projects, featuring the voices and experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse. These productions will become tools for community-based dialogue and galvanize action as part of the national movement to end child sexual abuse. In addition to theatrical performances, Ping Chong + Company has created a documentary and toolkit Secret Survivors: Using Theater To Break the Silence, which is available for community and educational partners. For more information about the Secret Survivors National Initiative, please visit www.secretsurvivors.org.
SECRET SURVIVORS Updates
Sara Zatz and Amita Swadhin led a theater workshop and screening of the Secret Survivorsdocumentary at the National Sexual Assault Conference in Los Angeles on August 28-30, 2013. Forty people attended the workshop exploring the use of theater and the arts to end child sexual abuse.
The Secret Survivors Documentary screening event we hosted was a mobilizing event for our Los Angeles community. The documentary and the Secret Survivors project gives voice to the silenced in an acessible, authentic and healing way. Our community discussion after the screening was rich and supportive. It made us all want to get involved in the movement to end child sexual abuse, and this project reminds us how important it is to hold the stories of survivors at the center.
- Emily Austin, Director of Policy and Evaluation, Peace Over Violence
The Secret Survivors toolkit and documentary were generously supported by the Ms. Foundation for Women, Frank and Ruth E. Caruso Foundation, the JPB Foundation, and and contributors to our Indiegogo