I'm not a failure I swear....... (alias_faith) wrote in victimadvocates,
I'm not a failure I swear.......

in need of ideas...

So my name is Michelle. I am a current undergrad at UCLA and I suffered abuse from the hands of my "father" for 16 years. In school I am part of a group called Project MAC (we tutor and mentor abused/neglected kids). There will be a week in April that will be dedicated to child abuse/domestic violence and we need help coming up with events for each day. So far we know we want speakers one day, another day we want to screen the movie called "searching for Angela Shelton." but other then that it is still up in the air. Any help or comments would be much appreciated.
Has anyone heard of Take back the Night or know a school that does that. I've heard it mentioned many times but I dont know whats its about or what events they have?

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I know David Pelzer, author of a Child Called It, would be a completely appropriate speaker. I am sure he is difficult to get but there is a website www.davidpelzer.com where you can request for him to speak. You could also do a book review of that particular book since it is such a valuable teaching tool and eye opener for child abuse. Maybe a book store would donate copies to distribute to educate others about child abuse.

I also work with abused and neglected children at a residential treatment center. I know mentors and donations are key to supporting their battle with coping with their past. Maybe a day devoted to recruiting mentors for these kids in the system? A toy/ clothing drive for kids in the system?
I'm a high school senior about to go into college majoring in social work in the hopes of specializing in sexual assault. I live in a college town (not MY college, but whatever) called UWSP (University of Wisconsin-- Stevens Point). I think last year, maybe the year before they definitely hosted a "Take Back the Night" event that I attended. I enjoyed it, actually. My mother was there covering it as a reporter, and I was there enjoying it as an advocate.

They had a lesbian speaker from the LGBTQ community speak on discrimination and sexual assaults of that minority group, which I liked. Also family members of survivors, but very few ACTUAL survivors, which I think made the event a little more lacking. But still good. For entertainment they hired out the local dance majors to perform a kind of ballet between speakers. When the whole "sitting quietly and listening" part was over, then the audience and presenters as a whole gathered in front of the college, distributed brightly colored signs, and marched around the campus.

Oh, and "Take Back the Night" refers to the idea of domestic abuse cases happening quietly in the night as a husband beats his wife, and in the night the woman must be ashamed and terrified. They want to "Take Back the Night" as just another time of freedom and safety.

I've been meaning to see "... Angela Shelton." I've heard it's good.