“I truly appreciate you allowing me to be a part of the greatest family ever. It has changed my life totally. I am truly glad I could be a part of something so great for so little of my time. I’m so glad I could be heard with no laughter. Jokes (making fun of) . . . . RESPECT does have seven letters and I’m sure I can speak for the whole cast and say take us to the people so we can be heard and so we can make a difference in this world and touch and help a whole lot of lives.”

We Are Here:

Imagine a World Without Sexual Assault. What's Different?

WE ARE HERE explores sexual violence across all genders, across class and difference, and within neighborhoods, schools, and institutions. Through workshops and interviews, survivors across the state collaborate to share their stories and envision with the broader community pathways toward measurable, lasting change. Project components include audio and transcribed oral histories with survivors and service providers, public performances by an ensemble of survivors, a traveling interactive exhibit targeting academic campuses, social media campaigns, and a Duke University course focusing on the power of social media and stories to end sexual violence locally. Particular target audiences include Greek Life participants, campus administration and students, survivors, and first responders.

 


IMG_4921Vision Wall

The National Vision Wall Movement brings together colleges and universities to collaboratively address sexual violence through intentionally creating more welcoming, communicative, and safe campuses. A vision wall is a public space in which to share private anonymous insights. A vision wall is inclusive: male, female, transgender, gender non-conforming; all perspectives are needed to shape our vision of a future without sexual violence. By connecting universities and students across all fifty states, we take a giant step towards making that vision a reality.

 

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Campus

  • Digital media, social media, campus actions, campus policy recommendations. Course alums are creating a formal We Are Here student group to forward the work. Fieldwork interviews and performance of monologues in December take place each year as part of the coursework.

 

Community

  • Workshops and interviews with survivors.  Mapping Our Journey workshops offer an opportunity to help create pieces for the interactive exhibit.  Interviews provide material for monologues, as well as the exhibit.
  • Cycles of monologues: to be read on campuses across the country, at churches, in community settings.
  • Exhibit.  Will include the survivor map and other items.  TBD.
  • Marking Our Journey.  An online portal for sharing survivor strategies, rituals, and connections to promote healing.