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Breaking Silence: April is Sexual Assault Awareness month

Middletown Art Center
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In recognition of April being sexual assault awareness month,

The Healing Process of Sexual Assault Survivors
Produced by Joe Schneider
Photography by Franklin Avery

The “Breaking Silence” multimedia exhibit includes 14 candid, intense, and often disturbing interviews with women and men who have been sexually assaulted. Listeners are provided with audio of the interviews and view photographs of the people they hear. These people become alive and relatable as they share the profound impact sexual assault has had on their lives and their individual path to healing.

Please join us Friday evening (3/30) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. or Saturday afternoon (3/31) from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. for a viewing and presentation by the artist and representatives from the Lake Family Resource Center (LFRC). This is an opportunity to learn about the issues surrounding healing from sexual assault and the services available in Lake County in support of survivors and their loved ones.

LFRC Rape Crisis Center offers free services including 24/7 Community Crisis Line (1-888-485-7733) that connects callers with trained sexual assault advocates. The Rape Crisis Center also provides individual counseling, support, safety plans, education, hospital accompaniment and law enforcement advocacy for all victims of sexual assault and their significant others.

It may be a natural or conditioned human reaction to want to deny sexual assault; however, these issues are no longer hidden behind a wall of silence and secrecy, as communities increasingly engage in these important conversations in response to the recent “MeToo” movement. “Breaking Silence” will encourage people to talk openly about sexual assault. We believe that people speaking out and creating awareness will make it more difficult for perpetrators to perpetrate and easier for survivors to find the health and healing they need and deserve.