Survived and Punished releases “Criminalizing Survival” Resource

Survived and Punished announce the release of their newest resource, Criminalizing Survival, that builds on the “Criminalizing Domestic Violence” curriculum unit that they released a couple of weeks ago for use during October Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and beyond.

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Aishah Shahidah Simmon's Featured on NBC News

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons was featured on NBC News with a piece covering the recent news that Whitney Houston's survived child sexual abuse.

"It seems that Houston’s childhood sexual trauma and her decision, conscious or not, to not fully disclose what happened and receive support was also a festering wound that she could not heal.

Despite all of the powerful, survivor-affirming awareness around sexual violence that has been growing, child sexual abuse — especially in families — remains a very taboo topic."

You can read the full piece here

Aishah Shahidah Simmons on The Source on WURD

One week after the Bill Cosby verdict, Aishah Shahidah Simmons joined The Source on WURD with host Stephanie Reneé to dissect the complex issues involved in seeking accountability for sexual violations of Black women and girls, and how philanthropy and fame affects public opinion.

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NO! The Rape Documentary at Westwood Baptist Church

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The Westwood Baptist Church in Richmond, VA where Rev. Michael Lomax is the pastor will host a FREE all day conference on sexual violence, accountability and healing on Saturday, April 21, 2018. There will be a panel, a screening of NO! The Rape Documentary, and a keynote by #BlackFeminist sister/scholar/comrade/friend, co-founder of The Feminist Wire, and the first lady of Westwood Baptist Church, Dr. Tamura Lomax. 

SPREAD THE WORD. This FREE intergenerational gathering is open to all. You can register here.

NO! The Rape Documentary in Tucson

Aishah will kick off April's Sexual Assault Awareness month in Tuscon, Arizona with a fundraiser screening of NO! The Rape Documentary on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:30pm.

All proceeds will go towards the planning of Tucson Take Back the Night 2018, the annual march and event raising awareness around sexual assault and empowering survivors.

Aishah was also featured on a local news segment.

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons on Feral Visions: a decolonial feminist podcast

[AUDIO] “How do you move beyond sharing about your trauma to healing it?” asks child sexual abuse survivor, adult rape survivor, NO! The Rape Documentary producer/director and  #LoveWITHAccountability creator Aishah Shahidah Simmons on Episode 2 of Feral Visions: a decolonial feminist podcast with producer/host Anjali Nath. Feral Visions is also available as an iTunes podcast. Resources listed below.

***The interview was conducted on August 14, 2017 and released on October 19, 2017. Aishah and her father were finally able to have a seismic, transformative conversation on October 16, 2017.***

#LoveWITHAccountability in National Sexual Violence Resource Center's Newsletter

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"Accountability is a radical form of love" by #LoveWITHAccountability creator Aishah Shahidah Simmons in The Resource, which is the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's Newsletter

“[...]I’ve been pruning in the gender based-violence forest since the early 1990s — for more than 20 years — and yet it wasn’t until the beginning of January 2015 that I was able to cultivate the strength to dig up my child sexual abuse roots.  And as is the case with so many victim-survivors, this digging up inevitably leads to questions of love, accountability, and family.[...]”


 

Aishah Shahidah Simmons on Stephanie Renée's The MOJO show on 900AM WURD Radio

#LoveWITHAccountability creator Aishah Shahidah Simmons was a featured guest on Stephanie Renée's The MOJO show on 900AM WURD Radio.

They talked about Aishah's deeply personal and very public #LoveWITHAccountability work, the rigors of healing work, and reflections upon the pending Cosby trial's larger societal implications.

Aishah Shahidah Simmons on Episode 19 of Rythea Lee's 'Advice from a Loving Bitch' series

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THREE WOMEN RISING, the journey to ending childhood sexual abuse on Episode 19 of Rythea Lee's 'Advice from a Loving Bitch' series. Rythea invited expert artists, activists, and cultural workers author Donna Jenson and #LoveWITHAccountability creator Aishah Shahidah Simmons to join her to help her tackle this child sexual abuse with passion, grace, and maturity. Rythea, Donna, and Aishah each answer "How do we heal? How do we fight back? How do we break the cycle? How do we find joy?"

This project took several months, tons of patience, lots of trust, deep compassion and much love.

 

 

Aishah Shahidah Simmon's in The HEAL Project

In September 2016, Aishah Shahidah Simmons had the opportunity to participate in her friend/comrade/sibling survivor Ignacio G Rivera's The HEAL Project's "Outing CSA (Child Sexual Abuse)" campaign, which features the voices of a range of diverse individuals publicly naming their status as CSA survivors. Aishah’s video was posted on March 21, 2017 on The Heal Project’s site.   #LoveWITHAccountability is truly grateful for Ignacio's vision and dedicated work to pull up the roots of child sexual abuse in a variety of educationally interactive, media-based ways.

Please visit the video archive here. My video is below.

CONTENT/TRIGGER WARNING: Child sexual abuse, survivor, rape

AWAY from January 10, 2017- February 13, 2017

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NO! The Rape Documentary and #LoveWITHAccountability are going off of the grid from January 10, 2017 through February 13, 2017 while Aishah Shahidah Simmons sits a 30-day vipassana meditation course. This practice is one of two unwavering tools/resources that both support and enable Aishah to do the work that she does in the world. We invite you to read her reflections on her process and journey.

If you would like to schedule a screening/lecture engagement after February 13, 2017, please contact Jean Caini at Speak Out!

We will be back on the grid on February 14, 2017!

[Audio] #LoveWITHAccountability: Part II on #TheSpin

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Luz Marquez Benbow and Dr. Thema Bryant Davis join producer/host Esther Armah for a moving conversation on Child Sexual Abuse, Family, Faith, Forgiveness and The Script of Silence in Part II of #TheSpin's #LoveWITHAccountability special.

Broken silence, breaking soul, drugs, truancy, poetry, Christianity, African-based Spirituality, finding a way, coming home, losing your way, context and comfort and company in this powerful 3-way diasporic Black --Ghanaian, Puerto Rican, and African-American women's exchange.

The brainchild of producer/host/visionary Esther Armah, #TheSpin is a one hour, weekly radio show recorded via BBC Accra and NPR studios. The Spin is distributed by NPR Distribution and the Public Radio Satellite System. The show airs on the radio in Ghana, Nigeria, and on several NPR affiliates throughout the United States. It is also available on SoundCloud and iTunes podcasts via The Spin1 channel.

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#LoveWITHAccountability featured in Ghana's Business & Financial Times

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#LoveWITHAccountability is the focus for Sister Visionary Esther Armah's column this week in Ghana's Business & Financial Times. #LoveWITHAccountabilit creator Aishah Shahidah Simmons, her mother Dr Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, and clinical psychologist Dr. Thema Bryant Davis are each featured in Esther's column, which is a global call to action to address this epidemic.

[...] " #LoveWITHAccountability multi-media project.  Survivors of childhood sexual assault, sexual molestation and rape share their stories, their journeys as part of a call to healing, change, and what the concept creator calls, ‘loving, accountably’.

What does loving, accountably mean? Doesn’t it go against a global society’s nurturing on loving, unconditionally? Isn’t unconditional love – not accountable love - the goal for how we love, for how parents love their children, for children’s love of their parents, for adults love of each other?" [...]

 

[Audio] #LoveWITHAccountability on The Spin

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Esther Armah, Producer/Director of THE SPIN: all women media panel syndicated talk show launched a two-part #LoveWITHAccountability (LWA) special featuring LWA creator Aishah Shahidah Simmons and her mother Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, and Luz Marquez-Benbow and Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis.

In part 1 of The Spin’s LoveWITHAccountability special Aishah and Dr. Simmons delved deep and broke silence about familial #incest violence committed against Aishah when she was a child. They reflected, cried, held space, spoke openly, and read excerpts of their joint article in the #LoveWITHAccountability Forum on The Feminist Wire

The brainchild of producer/host/visionary Esther Armah, THE SPIN: all women media panel syndicated talk show is a one hour, weekly radio show recorded via BBC Accra and NPR studios. The Spin is distributed by NPR Distribution and the Public Radio Satellite System. The show airs on the radio in Ghana, Nigeria, and on several NPR affiliates throughout the United States. It is also available on SoundCloud and iTunes podcasts via The Spin1 channel.

The Spin. One Hour. Once a Week. Smart=Sexy. Listen below!

#LoveWITHAccountability and Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective

#LoveWITHAccountability creator Aishah Shahidah Simmons captured this photograph of her mother Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons during their audio recording of their joint "peace": LOVE WITH ACCOUNTABILITY: A Mother's Lament and A Daughter's Postscript. This recording will be shared with and used by the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective  (BATJC) in their critical work to respond to child sexual abuse. 

Deep bow to BATJC member and Living Bridges Project creator Mia Mingus 

Mia Mingus on Small Seeds

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Mia Mingus’‪ Living Bridges Project blog post on small victories titled Small Seeds:

'[…]After over a decade of working to build transformative community responses to child sexual abuse, I know that small victories can have the greatest impact and continue to be our markers of progress. They are small guideposts that we can use to get through the worst of the storm. A compass for where we want to go next.[…]’

Mia is a Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow. Read more here

Mia Mingus on Confronting Privilege

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Mia Mingus' crystal acute clarity about the work that must be done in oppressed and marginalized communities. Oppression and marginalization are not just occurring from the outside.


For many Black/People of Color, the harm doers are ALSO in our families of origin and our chosen communities. They, too, have been harmed and are often unable or unwilling to examine the ways that they harm. However if this excruciatingly painful and relentless work doesn't happen, our communities will never be liberated.