HOPE: Honoring Our Personal Experiences
Our HOPE work grew out of MNCASA’s commitment to honor and engage the voices of those affected by sexual violence in our efforts to prevent sexual violence. HOPE is for anyone who wants to use their own experiences (as a survivor or as a family member, friend, advocate or allied professional) to make a difference so no more people are hurt by sexual violence.
Survivor voices and experiences are needed to inform sexual violence prevention work. If your organization is interested in workshops or other methods of learning from survivors, please contact MNCASA prevention staff. Possible events include:
- Showing the documentary Secret Survivors: Using Theater to Break the Silence by Ping Chong + Company followed by a panel discussion by people with experience with child sexual abuse. MNCASA will facilitate a discussion of both the impact of child sexual abuse and what we can do to prevent abuse before a child is harmed.
We regularly create opportunities for survivors and allies to gather, share, and learn. Please contact us to be added to our HOPE mailing list.
- Using the Arts to Tell Your Story Weekend Workshops
Join us for a weekend workshop where participants are guided through movement and writing exercises to explore their own experiences to generate hope, healing, and change. Past participants have described the workshops as empowering, inspiring, supportive, reaffirming, and healing.
Advocating for HOPE
Policy makers need to hear from people directly impacted by sexual violence that preventing sexual violence is a priority to you and that you want them to make it a priority, too. We want to know what is important to you and whether you are willing to advocate for prevention with policy makers. If you want to get involved in our prevention policy efforts, please contact MNCASA prevention staff.