End CSA NOW! EVENT – Save the Date

Join us in bringing awareness, prevention, and dialogue
to end child sexual abuse.

End Child Sexual Abuse NOW!
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Saturday, April 19, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street, Oakland

As many of you know myself and 8 community members have been working to create an event that emphasizes the importance of community involvement to end child sexual abuse (CSA) and increase visibility of those impacted by it.

Please SAVE THE DATE. This event will include:

  • Discussions about current efforts being made to address CSA;
  • Community forum to bring voice to those impacted by CSA;
  • Special film screening of preliminary footage from You Me and the Fruit Trees;
  • Resources and information sharing;
  • Healing arts activity;
  • Most importantly, we want to bring visibility to this largely shrouded issue by leading a community march to the local city hall as a call to action!

Parts of the event will be filmed for the documentary my team and I are currently producing. It’s a character driven film that follows several survivors of CSA and includes leaders in the movement to end child sexual abuse as well as other community members impacted by CSA. For more information on this documentary please visit: Trailer

We are also thrilled and honored to share that the City of Berkeley unanimously passed our proclamation to recognize “End Child Sexual Abuse NOW!” as a day in Berkeley. We have a whole lot to celebrate and hope you can be there April 19th to celebrate with us!

Please share this invitation with your networks through social media, tweet it, post it and forward this post to your friends, co-workers and family.  Invite your friends on Facebook here:  End CSA EVENT

Stay tune for a list of speakers and more details.

Together we can end CSA!

Tracey Quezada –info@traceyquezadaproductions.com
&
Danielle Castro – Danielle.castro@ucsf.edu

Patrick Stewart Addresses Violence Against Women: The Internet Applauds

In March of 2013 I was able to briefly meet Sir Patrick Stewart at the Orlando Megacon, a comic/fantasy festival where the cast of Star Trek the Next Generation was reuniting for a panel discussion.  As we stood for a picture I looked at him and said “I just want to say thank you for all the work you do to raise awareness about violence against women.”  Mr. Stewart paused, grabbed my arm and said “Thank you.  I do that for my mother.”

This past week, at Comicpalooza in Texas, Heather Skye, a Trekkie, was lucky enough to get to ask Mr. Stewart a question at his panel discussion, a question that was recorded by an audience member and put on YouTube.  During her time she thanked him for his work with Amnesty International, for which Mr. Stewart did a photo and video campaign aimed at ending violence against women.  Ms. Skye also mentioned that she was going through a similar situation to Mr. Stewart’s mother who had suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband.  At the time Alfred Stewart (a returning WWI soldier) probably suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, or ‘”shell shock,” but lack of treatment resulted in violent behavior.  For her question, Ms. Skye asked Mr. Stewart if he could talk about what work (aside from acting) he is the most proud of. patrickstewartsign

Mr. Stewart then delivered an impassioned speech, mentioning that his work with an English organization called Refuge, which focuses on helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence, is the work he is most proud of.  He explained that no woman deserves to be abused and no man should believe that a woman is ever deserving of abuse.   Raising his arms above his head, Mr. Steward shouted that, even if a woman does something to provoke a man, he should never act violently toward her because “violence is never the answer.”

As this video went viral, more people started to comment on and address another significant part of his answer.  Mr. Stewart made sure to point out that the lack of treatment his father received for PTSD was what contributed to his violence and that what is often forgotten in cases of domestic violence are the ways to treat people who batter and abuse.  Mr. Stewart also mentioned that it is men who need to take responsibility for violence against women, that men will be the ones to stop abuse.  This is also often looked over when violence against women is addressed.  Even though there are national programs like Men can Stop Rape, one area that activists will say continues to need work is the outreach with men.

As someone who has studied violence against women, wrote about healing after violence and worked with survivors of sexual and physical violence I know that is (unfortunately) very rare for a man to address this as a problem for men to solve.  Grasping this concept requires a cultural shift, a change in how we think about violence against women and a movement away from victim blaming.  By acknowledging that violence against women affects everyone, Mr. Stewart pushed open a door to lead a call for dialogue on what everyone should be doing to bring about change.

So, thank you Patrick Stewart.  Thank you for this message, thank you for using your celebrity in this way.  And thank you Heather Skye for asking the question that brought about this amazing response.  I imagine it helped change a few minds and will bring much needed attention to this issue.

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Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, PhD is a sociology professor at Valencia College in Orlando.  She has written about healing from violence for various websites as well as in her book “Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos.” www.adriennetrier-bieniek.com

Connect with your audience

Last month, I participated in an online, social engagement chat around the documentary film A Lot Like You. The chat, hosted by AfroPop/Black Public Media and the Center for Asian American Media, was held on ITVS’ OVEE platform. OVEE is a new social screening platform for watching your favorite PBS and local public television programs. People from everywhere, locally, nationally, internationally, can join OVEE chats to watch films collectively, share responses, or even pose questions via live chat to the filmmakers or producers in attendance. A Lot Like You (ALLY) shares the story of Eliaichi Kimaro, a mixed-race, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother who is searching for a stronger connection to her African roots.
I was drawn to director Eliaichi Kimaros’ film because of the complexities of the issues raised, and because of the ways her team is engaging audiences around these issues. The interactive component on ALLY’s website allows people from everywhere to join the conversation around the sensitive subjects of interpersonal violence and racial and cultural identities. Users are invited to download this picture, write on it reflections inspired by the film, take a photo of what they wrote, and mail it in to the site admin.In my experience, I’ve found storytelling satisfies the human need for connection. People want to share and be heard, so what better way to activate people about important social issues than to connect to one another through shared experiences, creative expression, and resources.In my work as a filmmaker and story consultant I’m always researching and implementing new ways to engage audiences. The film I’m currently producing, You and Me and the Fruit TreesAqueila at grad pic 2012-11-05 at 9.22.55 AM, follows Angel, Aquiela and Tony who after years of childhood sexual (CSA) abuse, untangle the intergenerational forces that tainted their lives. Pictured to the left is Aqueila (in the film).

I learned that in order to get the conversation going and build collective action, one must start with mutually beneficial relationships. So, early on in the making of the film, I started partnering with many non-profit organizations.

I always suggest that filmmakers get to know their institutional partners. Once you have a solid idea of who your audience is and how you would like to use your media project to engage communities, you can begin to list who would benefit from your multimedia project, both at the level of audience and at the level of organizational partner. Your partners already know the audiences you’re trying to reach and can offer helpful advice on your audience’s needs, how to meet them, and on additional organizations in need of media to inspire dialogue around your issues of interest. I found that everyone, from rehabilitation centers to youth centers and educational institutions, seeks tools to deepen the conversation.

Learning about how our partners aim to serve their demographic helped our team begin to build a website that could meet that need by allowing community members to share their stories of how CSA has impacted them directly or indirectly. The website also includes mapping the impact CSA has on society, to bring awareness around this endemic.
More and more people are interested in using media as an educational tool. Whether it be a series of short video clips, an audio story, or even a curriculum that accompanies a film, educators and advocates value tools that will help their constituencies better understand — and even connect with — an issue. For You and Me and the Fruit Trees, we are building an engagement toolkit to be used with the film for educational institutions, rehabilitation centers and adult and youth prisons.

But always remember, that no matter how many partners you have or how strong your curricular materials, those can easily become moot if you don’t begin with powerful storytelling. Once you have mastered this, you can easily be on your way to raise collective action and empower audiences everywhere.

Tracey Quezada
Producer | Director | Filmmaker
www.traceyquezadaproductions.com

Tracey Quezada Productions is a film and television production company that highlights stories of women, children and other under-represented communities. Through compelling story telling Tracey Quezada Productions increases awareness and inspires dialogue around the issues covered.

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