Thursday, September 12, 2019

This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: Sexual Violence Prevention and Awareness Events

NEW! raiseyourvoice.umd.edu is a new website dedicated to delivering information about the various sexual violence prevention and response resources available to students, faculty, and staff. The Raise Your Voice campaign and associated website are initiatives of the Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, which you can read more about on the linked page. Thank you!

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 5:30 PM -7:30 PM
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, 2nd Floor Lounge

What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?
The world would split open. –Muriel Rukeyser, American poet, activist, and feminist

Survivor Love Letter is a movement for survivors of sexual assault and their allies to publicly celebrate their lives. Started by filmmaker and activist Tani Ikeda in 2012 on the anniversary of her rape, #SurvivorLoveLetter has rippled out to become a hashtag, a letter-writing campaign, and a viral social movement. In this workshop, facilitated by Tani Ikeda and Nik Zaleski, a social practitioner and theater artist, you will have an opportunity to write a letter to your younger self integrating mindfulness, movement practices, and celebration that provide a space for individual and community healing. This workshop is being presented in connection with "A body, home," which is a multimedia, intergenerational dance piece on sexual violence performed in the back of a moving truck. Performances of the dance will be part of NextNOW Fest on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, and will incorporate excerpts of letters written during this workshop.

Please note that this workshop addresses sensitive content such as rape/sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment. An opt-out space will be available for participants to use at any time during the workshop. 

Friday, September 13, 2019, 7:00 PM - 7:40 PM
Friday, September 13, 2019, 9:30 PM - 10:10 PM
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:30 PM - 8:10 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Front Plaza

Takoma Park’s own Dance Exchange brings awareness to the stories of sexual violence and abuse survivors. "A body, home" is a multimedia, intergenerational dance piece on sexual violence performed in the back of a moving truck. The performance asks audiences to consider: What does it take to move from past traumas? What needs to get packed and unpacked in the process? What is the world that we are moving towards?

Commissioned by Arizona State University and in partnership with the national #SurvivorLoveLetter campaign and Dance Exchange, the CounterAct initiative tours a mobile performance and mural series to center the arts in dismantling rape culture. This performance is presented in partnership with the UMD Sexual Assault Prevention Committee and CARE to Stop Violence.

Please note that these performances address sensitive content such as rape/sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment. 

 An opt-out space will be available for NextNOW Fest attendees to use at any time.