I participated in Week 2 of BARCC's (Boston Area Rape Crisis Center) Sexual Assault Public Speaking workshop called Survivor's Speakers. If you missed BARCC Chronicles Week 1's blog, I got you: (http://www.vieisme.com/single-post/2016/10/20/BARCC-Chronicles-Week-1-Sexual-Assault-Public-Speaking). This week's workshop was more interactive. We discussed how we felt about our first introduction into Survivor's Speakers and the word "prevention." Most of us were shocked by how different our experience are from one another. The diversity in the group as well as our experiences in a way humbled us and got us to think inclusively because how we envisioned the workshop pre-enrollment and how it actually is after selection is a complete 180.
The word prevention rubbed many in a bad way because as Survivors we understand the importance of keeping our hands to ourselves. I jumped in and spoke about how many people don't understand the importance of consent and what a rapist is. Many have a jaded image of a classic rapist and don't comprehend you don't have to be a stalker in a trench coat to rape, you can be a drunk frat guy and be a rapist. The hosts of Survivor's Speakers informed us how many people can be reached with preventative measures and that we should keep an open mind about prevention. We met a Survivor's Speaker who gave us some advice about what's it like to be a Survivor's Speaker and how to handle difficult questions we don't want to answer.
Watch the complete video below about BARCC's Chronicles Week 2 plus Boston Empowerment Author Vie Cine's Point Of View about Sexual Assault and how it effects the family through the generations.
Remember, we are less than a month away from Paint Your Truth. Paint Your Truth will be held at the Hyde Park Library on November 19th from 2 pm - 5 pm. If you desire to participate, sign up at the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-your-truth-tickets-27447469119?aff=es2.