Child sexual abuse is a public health epidemic that affects us all – 20% of Americans (1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys) experience sexual violence before the age of 18. Even if you are not a survivor, someone you know and love is. And we are all raised in rape culture. Perpetrators are in the highest positions of power in our government, media, religious institutions, corporations and educational institutions. Awakening to this reality can feel overwhelming – is it really possible for us to create a world without rape?
Through experiences of collective healing and organizing, many survivors are beginning to assert our visions for an end to this violence.
Join us on Wednesday, June 26 to learn about Mirror Memoirs, a storytelling and organizing project uplifting the narratives, healing and leadership of LGBTQI+ people of color who survived child sexual abuse, as a strategy to end rape culture and other forms of oppression. Mirror Memoirs is a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Partners, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation located in Los Angeles, California, qualified as exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”).
Founded by Amita Swadhin in 2016 (through a fellowship from the Just Beginnings Collaborative), this national oral history archive now includes the stories of 60 survivors across 15 states.
In the archive:
* 68% are transgender or non-binary folks
* 42% are Black
* 10% are indigenous
* 37% are Latinx
* 28% are Asian American
(percentages greater than 100 because of mixed race folks)
* 9% were raped or sexually assaulted by a cisgender woman
In this salon, you will hear an excerpt focused on three questions: what do you need to continue to heal? what should be done with people who commit child sexual abuse? and what is your personal vision for how humanity can end child sexual abuse?
You’ll also learn how to support this project’s dissemination (with plans for a podcast, animated videos, multimedia art exhibit and a training institute). Light snacks and beverages will be served.
Accessibility: CIC has elevators & is fully wheelchair accessible. The bathrooms on all floors are gendered M/F multistall, but we will post signs as this is an after-hours event, making them gender-neutral. There is 1 single-stall, accessible all-gender bathroom on the first floor of the building, through a cafeteria/café space. It’s not a scent-free space but we will substitute non-scented soaps to the bathrooms and ask the cleaning company to refrain from using a heavily scented cleaner before the event.
This space has generously been provided by Futures Without Violence.
Host Committee (affiliations for identification purposes only):
Lonna Davis (Futures Without Violence)
Leiana Kinnicutt (Futures Without Violence)
Hema Sarang-Sieminski (Victim Rights Law Center)
Isa Woldeguiorguis (Center for Hope and Healing)