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“‘I have been very vocal about being a survivor since I was seventeen,’ Amita Swadhin, a 33-year-old queer anti-violence activist and incest survivor, told Bi Social Network’s Bi Talk Radio. ‘That created room for people to constantly tell me their story but it would be in the staff room when no one else was around except me or at the water cooler in a very hushed voice…I found that very limiting.'” Click here to read more.
“Bi Social Network interviewed Sara Zatz (Associate Director), Amita Swadhin (Project Coordinator, Activist, Cast Member, GLAAD) and Lucia Leandro Gimeno (Survivor) from Ping Chong & Company, on sexual abuse and the unique experiences we face with this very taboo topic within all communities.
Swadhin and Gimeno give us a personal point-of-view on the lives of people of color inside the bisexual and transgender communities, who were [sexually] abused and the issues surrounding the family and how more awareness and discussions need to be shared.” Click here to listen.
Using theater to discuss child sexual abuse
A podcast interview with the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
December 6, 2011
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“I believe that one of the most powerful ways to combat an epidemic like this one is for survivors to tell their stories–for folks to break the silence. It shows how common this really is, gives others the courage to speak out and even escape abusive situations.
“Adam Tenner, executive director of Metro TeenAIDS and a NYAC founder, left several posts, including this message for NYAC’s board chair, Amita Swadhin: ‘Amita, I want to send a special thanks to you. Your best vision for NYAC helped me to re-find the NYAC I fell in love with 18 years ago. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that even as NYAC closes its doors, you’ve helped to restore the dignity that LGBTQ youth deserve. Thank you, thank you, thank you.’” Click here to read more.
“Through workshops, panels, and theater, Amita is a fierce advocate, and storyteller, for survivors everywhere. Though I am not a survivor of CSA, I am a survivor of some fairly heinous childhood physical and mental abuse, and Amita has opened up space for me to speak more forcefully about being a survivor and to be more aware of the ways that being a survivor of childhood trauma manifests itself in my own daily work.” Click here to read more.
“Community-based approaches that encourage healing and honest dialogue — like Ping Chong’s innovative play [Secret Survivors] — are the first step towards building a new movement to end child sexual abuse.”
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“It is hard to describe the cumulative power of these stories. They thread through the surrounding contexts of structural violence, economic strata, racial tensions, sexual orientation and the intersections of the storytellers’ numerous identities. In fact, it inevitably speaks to the audience’s numerous identities. Specific moments awake a different part of oneself – the instincts of a mother, a sister, a member of a family, the duty of a public servant, the experiences of a woman or person of color, the vulnerability and resilience of a child, the role of a friend, a teacher, a social worker. One will find themselves in deep reflection about broken systems and structures just as much as remember one’s own closeness to sexual abuse or its prospects.” Click here to read more.
Career Spotlight: Amita Swadhin
Georgetown University Alumni Online
“Anti-violence work, whether focused on interpersonal or institutional violence, can be draining. Lots of people fall prey to vicarious trauma. To have a lasting impact in this field, one needs to sustain oneself, and that requires a strong commitment to self-care. I’d advise people to be sure to guard their work-life balance carefully, to practice holistic wellness and to work on their own healing (if applicable) concurrently.” Click here to read more.