Meet the people behind the social movement to end child sexual abuseBlogPublished March 29, 2012 at 2:04 am 9 Comments
The making of this film has introduced me to advocates all over the United States that are dedicated to ending child sexual abuse. I had the opportunity to interview a few of these extraordinary people and organizations in March for the film.
These individuals and organizations are working to build change at the community level, increase knowledge of both prevention and healing techniques, spread awareness of specific policy changes that are needed, and host workshops that offer completely new approaches for addressing CSA.
I interviewed Dr. Patti Feuereisen a psychologist in Manhattan (to the left is a photo of us). Dr. Patti authored the book, Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse. This groundbreaking book lets girls know all over the world that sex abuse is never the survivors’ fault. Invisible Girls teaches girls everywhere that they can heal and thrive after sexual abuse. In 2006 Dr. Patti founded the only organization to honor incest survivors through scholarships.
I also interviewed Monique Hoeflinger of the MS. Foundation. Monique manages initiatives focused on ending child sexual abuse. Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation, Monique worked for more than 10 years in organizational development and leadership for social change. As a lawyer and community organizer, her work has focused on issues of violence against women, criminal justice, and organizing within the queer community. She works on the community level to bring awareness and solutions around child sexual abuse.
The grand finale was the Secret Survivors Theatrical Live Performance (www.secretsurvivors.org) an interview-based theater project featuring adult survivors of child sexual abuse telling their personal stories on stage. I interviewed Amita Swadhin, who is the Project Coordinator for the Secret Survivors performance and works to bring awareness and prevention at the community level and nationally. I also interviewed RJ Maccani who shared his story on stage and works with Generation Five a non-profit dedicated to ending child sexual abuse.
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