Facing Rockbridge Book Release Events Announced!
On November 2nd of this year, The Ring Tum Phi profiled the Facing Sexual Violence Project, a project designed to “help students face the reality of sexual violence on campus and on campuses across the country”. Now, nearly six months after the original article was published, the Facing Project staff invites the community of Rockbridge to join with us in celebrating the release of the Facing Sexual Violence in Rockbridge County book.
The more than 20 stories portrayed in the Facing Sexual Violence book show the human faces behind the statistics we read in the news and hear about during First Year Orientation. These stories demonstrate a wide spectrum of sexual violence, ranging from depictions of sexual harassment to accounts of rape. This collection chronicles pain, heartbreak, hope, recovery; it profiles the survivors who have faced intimately and courageously the issue of sexual violence and the advocates who continue to work tirelessly on their behalf. Most importantly, these stories represent the sobering reality: that sexual violence occurs here, in our community, on our campus.
On May 17th, the Facing Sexual Violence Project in collaboration with 540 Productions will preview a selection of stories from The Facing Project book in a dramatic reading. The event will take place from 7 to 8 PM on Hopkins Green. The next day, May 18th, books will be released to the public for the first time during a book release event from 4 to 6 PM on Canaan Green. The book release will include food and entertainment and will feature speakers including a representative from the local domestic violence shelter for women, Project Horizon. Both events are free and open to the public.
The ultimate goal of the Facing Sexual Violence Project is to inspire greater awareness and discourse surrounding the ways in which sexual violence impacts our community. It is the aspiration of this project’s staff that the stories recorded in the Facing Sexual Violence book will challenge each of our readers to critically evaluate their own preconceptions and reflect on the issue of sexual violence, both in our community and beyond, with an open mind and a compassionate heart. Crucially, the Facing Project staff hopes that the stories reflected in this book will inspire every individual to consider the active contribution he or she can make in promoting a community of honor and respect: a community free from sexual violence.
Please join us on May 17th and 18th to demonstrate your commitment to establishing a healthier sexual culture in our community. If you are unable to attend and would still like to receive the Facing Sexual Violence book, please check our project website at http://rockbridgefacingsexualviolence.facingproject.com/ for instructions on requesting a copy.
The Facing Sexual Violence Project Leadership Team