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Community Truth-Telling

  • Ukrainian American Community Center 301 Northeast Main Street Minneapolis, MN, 55413 United States (map)

This event is an invitation for people to publicly come forward as survivors of sexual assault and to do so in solidarity on Break the Silence Day (August 16, 2017). To break the silence means to add your name to the larger story of sexual violence in our community, calling for change. What is said in the room does not stay in the room. This event is meant to spark dialogue and speak truths that are often buried and hidden. 

SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT:
If you would like, you are invited to break the silence: to publicly name yourself as a survivor of sexual violence. Survivors who choose to break the silence enter into a community of other survivors who have done the same. You are not alone. 

There will be 40 spots for those who wish to speak aloud and break the silence. Survivors who speak will be given about 2 minutes each (for a total of 80 minutes). We honor the fact that no survivor can tell their entire story in 2 minutes; please remember that breaking the silence is more about your name than your story. To break the silence is to publicly identify yourself as a survivor.

If you wish to speak, please arrive between 5:50-6pm to check in and get a number. We are not reserving numbers beforehand.

All survivors who wish to break the silence (whether they speak at the event or not) can do so in our photography project "Survivors of the Twin Cities: You are not alone." We will be available to take survivor portraits throughout the entirety of tonight's event (more info at: https://www.breakthesilence.org/photoproject/).

Survivors are welcome to come and just listen, and if attending the event does not feel right for you, that's okay too. There is no "right" way to heal, and we support you however you choose to heal. 

FRIENDS, FAMILY, COMMUNITY MEMBERS:
You are invited to be allies to survivors of sexual assault by attending this event, listening, validating what has happened, and honoring the strength and courage of survivors. Allies will be invited to write notes of support for survivors to take home after the event is over.

EVENT AGENDA: 
6pm Welcome & gathering
6:05pm Guidelines & agreements
6:15pm Survivor narratives: 

Survivor says, "My name is..., and I'm a survivor of sexual assault." Survivors can choose to take 2-3 minutes to share any details of their assault or healing. They can also choose to say only their name and that they are a survivor. Survivors end their statement by saying, "My name is..., and I am breaking the silence."

Reception to follow until 8pm.

Survivors can choose to post on social media, using #BreaktheSilenceDay

As always, there is no right way to heal, and breaking the silence won't end our suffering. Rather, we break the silence in spite of the rape culture we live in to challenge our society to see the horrific reality of sexual violence that surrounds us and to be allies, to support fellow survivors in their healing, and to hold perpetrators accountable.

Earlier Event: August 16
Break the Silence Day 2017