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 in Tagg Magazine

Aishah Shahidah Simmons was one of several LGBTQI individuals who paid homage to the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice in Eboné Bell’s, “Astraea Foundation Investing, Advocating, Amplifying, and Propelling LGBTQI Voices” in Tagg Magazine

 

“Over 20-years ago the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice was the first foundation that supported an unknown unapologetically out, twenty-something Black feminist lesbian rape survivor making a feature length documentary film about sexual violence and healing in Black communities.  Astreaa’s institutional support legitimized both the filmmaker and the film, NO! The Rape Documentary, which became an internationally acclaimed award-winning film that has transformed the lives of many survivors across the United States and internationally. Fast forward twenty years later and my support for Astraea support is unwavering just as theirs has been for countless lesbians and queer people like me who had nowhere else to turn.” -- Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Producer/Director, NO! The Rape Documentary

Click here to read the article in its entirety

#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] Aishah Shahidah Simmons Featured on Imagine Otherwise Podcast

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Imagine Otherwise podcast episode 014 features an interview with #LoveWITHAccountability creator Aishah Shahidah Simmons. During the 45-minute interview, which can be heard online or on iTunes, Aishah shares about her journey to make the internationally acclaimed, award-winning film NO! The Rape Documentary during the height of Mike Tyson trail, Clarence Thomas hearings, and OJ Simpson trial, feminist filmmaking, receiving a Just Beginnings Collaborative funded two year fellowship to focus her full time on ending child sexual abuse, Queering Sexual Violence, and more.