March 22, 2006
Survivor Aid--Dream to Reality
Haullie Free, who commented on the last post about her upcoming documentary project, Voices of Strength also worked on the music CD, Mindful Lullabies. It features artists such as Jen Woodhouse, Jason Spooner and Amy Fix and can be purchased here, at Cafepress. All of the proceeds from the sale of this CD go to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Haullie says some of these artists may be interested in performing for Survivor Aid. Yeah!
I've been visiting the PostSecret blogspot to view Frank Warren's depression and suicide awareness project. The postcard secrets are moving. An art exhibit like this could be a powerful addition to the art aspect of Survivor Aid. I plan on contacting Mr. Warren.
I also just heard about Michael C. Irving's Child Abuse Survivor Monument. Hey, Holly and Survivor--this is a Canadian project. The goal is to have the monument tour Canada. Maybe we can bring it to the US and other countries as well.
And for our film festival, I'm researching more and more films made by and for survivors. At Leah's Life--Survivor-Thriver blogspot, I found out about Nancy Schwartzman's film, Between Us. Thanks, Leah! We might also want to add Allison Anders' Things Behind the Sun and the movie, Speak that was created from Laurie Halse Anderson's book.
Let's keep these ideas coming! One final point for this post--I want to make it clear that my vision is not to exclude male survivors. I believe their need for awareness is even greater than for women. I put up a few male survivor ideas on the previous post. Any other ideas out there? Please comment and add them. If you've commented here and expressed an interest in being a part of Survivor Aid, you will be receiving a personal e-mail from me soon.
I have been thinking about this idea of doing a calender first to get the support. The survivors could send artwork are poetry, quotes! The we put together a calender to sell. It's one way for everyone to submit something! And it lets everyone take part, with monies raised we can make the Survivor Aid more of a Reality!! This is something we can do much faster and easier with everyone's help! Chat soon Holly
I somehow missed the calender idea but it sounds great. I know I would love to submit a handprint-or one of mypieces from my "regular" work
I'm going to DC next week, to the Corcoran and thought I would talk to some of my old professors to see if they know of artist that were abused as children. I may be able to get some ideas from them , I'll let you know.
Marcella--Glad you found the blog and I appreciate you, too!
Psychbaby--Please, do let me know if you think of anything and thanks for visiting.
Holly--Hmmm. I used to work for the ad agency that used to do the "Bear-But-Not-Naked" calendar for the Chicago Bears. It was always a success. I'll be e-mailing you.
April--Thanks for your sentiments. That's something I really want to see happen--survivors getting EMPOWERED!
Jodi--Have a great trip. Thanks for talking to folks in DC--yeah!
Thank you for visiting my blog & taking the time to leave a comment.
This is Ashley-Michelle from Pandy's and I wanted to let you klnow that I think what you're trying to do is really great.
I don't know how many famous survivors will be willing to jump on board, but here is a list of some celebrities who have gone public about their sexual victimization.
1. Tori Amos
2. Marie Osmond
3. Oprah Winfrey
4. Drew Carey
5. Alice Sebold
6. Ellen DeGeneres
I don't know how I can help, but I want to. Please consider e-mailing me at TabloidScully@yahoo.com and letting me know what I can do.
Thank you for doing this.
I couldn't find your email, so I'm posting here to let you know that I just wrote about your wonderful blog and put up a link on mine:
Thanks for the great site and discussion.
I had it specially made.
People ask me what it means and when I (sometimes) tell them, they want one too.
As another way to raise awarness, we could consider having these bracelets made and selling them to raise money for this cause and put it towards making this a reality.
Ashley-Michelle--I will definitely be e-mailing you. Thanks for adding to our celebs list.
Carolyn--Thanks for the link at your site. I want to encourage everyone to visit your site--the work you are doing is very empowering!
Survivor--I like the bracelet idea for this. That's so cool that you had your own made. Maybe we could piggy-back onto a group who already has production & distribution set up, like at www.pandys.org.
I don't really know her as a friend or anything but I've been in touch with Alice Marie (http://alicemarie.net) a bit and she may be interested in participating. Also, there's a dance company called Innermotion (http://innermotion.org) that does performances and workshops to help people heal through movement. Survivors Art Foundation (http://survivorsartfoundation.org)and Darkness to Light (http://www.darkness2light.org) might be other things to check out.
And, I did a little more research and found a few more "celebrity" abuse survivors (I did not thoroughly check them out so I can't guarantee accuracy):
Mary J. Blige
Sophie B. Hawkins
I don't know if that information is going to do any good, of course, because who knows who might actually be willing to help, right?
Anyway, that's all for now.
Jess--Wow! Thanks for your time and effort with this initial research. Yes, I've thought of Survivors Art Foundation--they would be a great resource for poets and artists. Thanks for the Innermotion idea--I like it! Of the celeb survivors you mention, I've also heard of: Delta Burke, Fran Drescher, Henry Rollins, Marilyn Manson & Rosie Perez as being survivors. I'm fairly sure of Anne Heche, Carlos Santana, Mary J. Blige, Roseanne Barr, Rosie O'Donnell & Sinead O'Connor. Thanks!
Let's keep building this list. The more celeb survivor names we can generate, the more we can pull from! Yeee Haaa! My excitement level is still up there--thanks, everybody!
I was abused by my scoutmaster for four hellish years. It took me 25 years to be able to say that without wanting to climb to the top of a building and jump.
Marj, if you have moment, could you check out a sexual assault report database I just finished? www.project82.com
I created it because the guy who molested me, when he was finally caught, spend about 120 days in jail because the prosecutor didn't know I existed.
Some of the other things that I was thinking should be included in a rally is work by survivors. I belong to several Yahoo groups for survivors and one of them is for survivors to submit work such as poetry etc.
Feel free to contact me at:
I will e-mail you with this info as well.
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