Stepping Outside the Realms of Silence!(PIOG)
I recently was chosen to participate in a Transformative Theater Group that a female survivor is doing for her master's degree in theater education. She has chosen to focus on the silence surrounding rape/incest(I hate the word "molestation", because people have used it in the past to downplay the viciousness of rape). We start rehearsals on October 20th, and I'm a little nervous, but excited, too. She wants a small group, and we will all be contributing to the project, as she has decided to not have a script(she invited male survivors, too, but hadn't gotten any calls from any). She's not really sure what shape she wants it to take, and wants it to evolve naturally from all the participants. She raised money for rehearsal space, and the two therapists she has on board to deal with any emotional fallout from the participants. One of the questions on the application had to do with who we wanted to attend the final presentation...a small invited group, just survivors of sexual assault/violence, or have it open to anyone who wants to see it. I chose to have it open to anyone...it would seem counter-productive to stage something about the silence surrounding sexual violence, and then keep quiet about it. I plan on posting our progress as we go along. I've just finally reached the stage where I'm sick of people looking at me as if I've done something wrong if I choose to share the fact that I am an incest survivor. So much of the crap surrounding these issues is psychological, and there are so many survivors out there(we outnumber the abusers/rapists for sure!)...I just feel like it's time to fight back for myself and others. It's fairly unchartered territory, and it all feels a bit scary, but I'm very curious to see what kind of an effect this will all have.
How do you ladies feel about this issue? Would any other survivors attend or participate in something like this if it was being staged in their area?