“Break the Silence” began as a service learning project Spring of 2007 in a Race, Class and Gender course taught by Dr. Perry of the Sociology Department at Seattle University. A group of students were partnered with CARA (Communities Against Rape and Abuse) to organize around rape and sexual violence. The students organized a film screening of Capturing the Friedmans followed by a facilitated conversation about rape culture. In Spring of 2008 “Break the Silence” returned again with a film screening about the missing women of Juarez, Mexico. Following the film, a panel that consisted of a student, a professor, and a community member responded to the issues that were addressed in the film and how it related to their communities. In March 2009, Break the Silence was refashioned into a full day conference bringing together the Seattle University and Seattle community to dialogue about how the culture of violence has affected our communities.
“Break the Silence” has evolved into a Seattle University club that is dedicated to fighting against sexual violence through creativity, education, and collective action. April 2010 saw the 2nd annual full day Break the Silence Conference called Creative Resistance! Confronting Legacies of Violence and Building Consent. More than 60 people attended and 9 workshops facilitated. For more information on the 2010 conference, check out the link below.
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