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Hush No More!: Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and Trauma in the Black Community
September 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
The Baton Foundation, Inc., in collaboration with Hush No More! and Comfort in The Storm, will host a film screening and community conversation about domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse, and trauma in the Black community. This program is free, but registration is required.
Studies show that every 98 seconds someone is sexually assaulted. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men experience sexually harassment in the workplace. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of sexual violence by an intimate partner. 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse and 3 out of 4 of those children were abused by someone they know. On average, the National Trafficking Hotline receives approximately 150 calls per day.
These statistics clearly show what many of us know–there is a silent epidemic in our community that leaves our family and friends at risk of being a victim of the “hush” topics.
About the Program
Using the documentary, HUSH No More!, as a catalyst, facilitators will engage the audience in a community discussion that begins to address topics often too difficult to broach. This program will provide advocacy services and resources for those who might be in need, personally, or for a friend or loved one. Facilitators will also provide tips to prevent sexual assault and ways you can support a survivor.
About the Film
HUSH NO More!: A Documentary (90 mins.) is a critically acclaimed film that explores the negative impacts of “hush” topics–domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, child sexual abuse and sex trafficking. Filmmakers interviewed eight survivors and two experts to explore how individuals can survive trauma and prevent it from happening to others in our communities. Additionally, the documentary examines the coping skills used to go from victim to survivor.
About HUSH No More!
HUSH No More! is a non-profit organization founded in 2019 to provide a platform for survivors to share their experience with “hush” topics–those topics that individuals, families, and organizations have a hard time discussing (i.e. sexual assault, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, sexual harassment, among others). The organization receives support from survivors and victim advocates and provides training that fosters awareness and prevention in the Black community. Our vision is to help create a world in which survivors feel empowered to be HUSH No More. We believe that by having survivors share their stories with others a knowledge base is created which leads to safer communities. Dr. Vanessa Guyton is the organization’s founder and executive director.
About Comfort in the Storm
Comfort In The Storm is an Atlanta-based organization dedicated to helping end the epidemic of child sexual abuse. As credentialed advocates, the organization provides child sex abuse prevention and awareness training to groups and organizations of all sizes. Staff also provide peer support to survivors of child sexual abuse and their families. Kathy and Richard Butler founded the organization.