One of the guests for this episode was Jeff Perera, the Community Engagement Manager for White Ribbon, the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls. My talk starts at 39:00.
You can download the episode here of listen to it below.
Abuse: Survival Stories is a nonprofit event series which provides a platform for men and women who have experienced domestic violence, psychological and sexual abuse, so that they may reclaim their voices. Combining raw testimonials from survivors with inspirational spoken word pieces and motivational speeches, Abuse: Survival Stories is a positive and healing experience that uplifts both the mind and the soul.
Each Abuse: Survival Stories event helps to create awareness of the injustices of abuse by offering an intimate look at abuse through the eyes of survivors. Not only do attendees have the opportunity to listen to survivors speak in detail about their experiences, but during the sharing circle attendees can express themselves creatively through a tailored group exercise. Each event gives three survivors the chance to take a huge step on the healing path by offering them a platform to speak candidly about their experiences while receiving the support of a welcoming and attentive audience.
According to Statistics Canada, more than half of Canadian women have experienced at least once incident of sexual or physical violence and only 1 in 10 report it due to humiliation or fear of revictimization. Men are less likely to file a report, for the same reasons and other social stigmas. From these daunting numbers, it is apparent that abuse thrives on silence. By sharing your survival story, you can help save lives.
Abuse: Survival Stories was created to not only support survivors as they own their stories, but to celebrate their courage, strength and resilience. Join us, not in the war against abuse, but in the name of peace and healing for all.[su_divider top=”no” divider_color=”#006699″]