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This October 17 – 19 in Washington, DC the Healthy Masculinity Summit, will mark the beginning of the Healthy Masculinity Action Project, spearheaded by Men Can Stop Rape. The summit’s structure, designed to be facilitated through conversations instead of presentations, requires skilled dialogue facilitators about issues like the prevention of domestic violence and more.
That’s where the topnotch faculty members (read: me, Kenya Fairley) for the Healthy Masculinity Summit come in. These individuals, representing a wide range of expertise and issues, will be the conversation-starters. Click to learn more about the Healthy Masculinity Summit activities and register to participate.
Recently I participated in a photo shoot for Project Unbreakable, an awareness and healing arts project for survivors of rape and sexual assault. I was really nervous in the weeks leading up to the photo shoot and had thought about the rape way more than usual. Every day I think about it for one reason or another, but I try not to get lost in thinking about it. As the time got closer for the shoot, I decided to focus on the fact that I wanted to look really pretty for the photo. I’m not sure why that was so important to me but it was. I also thought about whether to share my story or not, and if so, how I would do that. I’ve tried numerous times to think of how to capture my experience with rape and the best I could do is recorded here.
Please support survivors in their journey towards healing in ways that are helpful, meaningful and survivor-defined. If you or someone you know is in need of support, no matter how long ago the rape or assault may have occurred, please reach out to RAINN: The Rape Abuse Incest National Network. Caring advocates are available to help 365 days a year, 24 hours a day via phone at 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) and via private, secure online chat.