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In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month
When: FRIDAY April 27, 2019
Lee Center Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Yet I Stand...the play
If you or someone you know needs help, contact:
National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656- HOPE (4673)
Excerpts from Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I rise.
Out of the huts of history's shame
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise
I’ve been asked why a play about sexual abuse? Well I wrote it for a couple of reasons:
To raise awareness about this very serious issue which is quite frankly an epidemic when you think about it.
Every 107 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, that’s an average of 293,066 victims each year. Sounds like an epidemic to me. And, these are only accounting for the cases that are reported to the police, a staggering 68% of cases are unreported.
There are some very serious effects of these kinds of assaults to include:
Especially if they don’t receive the help, support, encouragement and love that they need.
I want let anyone who needs to know that there is hope, you can survive and go on to thrive –you don’t have to live in silence carrying this secret shame and guilt that really is not yours to bear, you didn’t do anything wrong.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it goes back decades. Activists and survivors advocating for change at the grassroots and community level have roots reaching as far back as the Civil Rights Era.