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Featured Programs

Story of a Rape Survivor (SOARS) College Campaign

Through leadership trainings, public lectures and multimedia performance, SOARS empowers college students, survivors, and their allies to address campus sexual assault.
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Story of a Rape Survivor (SOARS) is an award winning multimedia performance

that entertains as well as educates the audience about sexual assault prevention. Featuring the music of Nina Simone, Maxwell, and Sade, SOARS tells one woman’s story about how she reclaimed her body, sexuality, and self-esteem after being sexually assaulted in college. SOARS is a cutting-edge theatrical experience that stars a diverse cast of women, combining photographs, dance, spoken-word poetry and music as a way to educate about healing from sexual violence. The ultimate aim is to show that the shame, guilt and self-blame that rape victims too often experience can be eased; that the stories of rape survivors can be one of triumph and hope.
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The Girl/Friends Leadership Institutes

Girl/Friends Leadership Institutes empower teen girls to use art to advocate for themselves and other girls and design campaigns and policies to end dating violence, sexual assault, and street harassment in their Chicago schools and communities, ultimately changing the face of leadership in the women’s movement. A Long Walk Home has two main sites for Girl/Friends: Girl/Friends at NLCP and Girl/Friends at Mercy Home.
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Girl/Friends at NLCP

is a Girl/Friends Leadership Institute at North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School (NLCP). Girl/Friends at NLCP empowers adolescent girls from NLCP by offering yearlong elective classes, summer trainings, and an after school program in which the youth leaders design and implement their anti-violence campaigns. In collaboration with NLCP high school, Girl/Friends provides under-resourced teen girls, many of whom are survivors of gender violence, access to art therapists and free counseling, a comprehensive curriculum on the digital and creative arts, sexual health, and sexual and dating violence prevention, and mentors who are Chicago’s leading advocates in the movement to end gender violence.
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Girl/Friends at Mercy Home

is a Girl/Friends Leadership Institute at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls for adolescent girls in residential care. In this peer leadership training, the residents experience a customized 10-week workshop series using the Girl/Friends Leadership Institute core curriculum areas Girl/Me, Girl/Culture and Girl/Power. Upon completion of the program, youth leaders use their skills to educate their peer residents by performing at a community showcase featuring video installations, photographs, three dimensional art, teen dating violence posters and original writing.
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Parent Leadership Institute to End Dating and Sexual Violence

is comprised of parents and guardians of Girl/Friends youth leaders. This is the first group of its kind in Chicago and their mission is support Girl/Friends youth leadership programming as well develop strategies to engage other adults and their communities in the prevention of gender violence.
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Lectures

The Audacity to Heal: A Public Conversation about Surviving Sexual Assault

The Audacity to Heal: A Public Conversation about Surviving Sexual Assault The Audacity to Heal includes rare and never-before-seen photos and video footage from the award-winning multi-media performance, Story of a Rape Survivor (SOARS). SOARS’s creators, Scheherazade and Salamishah Tillet, discuss the role of the arts can play in ending sexual violence, the specific challenges that victims face when they want to break silence around sexual violence, and how secondary victims of sexual violence, such as family members, friends, and intimate partners, can become allies to sexual assault survivors.
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Our Kind of Girls: Sexual Violence and Adolescent Girls

This conversation discusses Girl/Friends, the collaborative sexual-assault prevention program between adult and adolescent girls. By sharing the results from Girl/Friends, “Our Kind of Girls” works with adult allies and school administrators to address the sexual violence experienced by their students by helping them develop a youth-led sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention curricula.
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Change Agents: Friends, Family Members, and Partners of Survivors

This is a lecture for partners, family members, and friends to help them deal with the anger, guilt, and hurt they feel when they learn that their loved one has been sexually assaulted.
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Rape, Popular Culture, and Post-Racial America

What is the relationship between race and sexual violence in our “post-racial” era? By looking at recent high-profile cases, pop music videos, film, feminist and legal scholarship, this lecture discusses how old racial stereotypes continue to shape public perceptions of sexual assault victims and assailants.
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Workshops

Arts. Activism. Advocacy.

This lecture discusses how sexual assault activism and victim rights advocacy can serve as key components of sexual assault recovery, focusing on how survivor art, activism, and advocacy can be used to empower survivors and contribute to social change in the community.
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Sexual Assault in the 21st Century: The Digital and Media Arts

The Internet has not only vastly changed the way we communicate, becoming the virtual pathways for processing information of all sorts and socializing, but it has increasingly become the hunting ground for sexual predators as well. Using new methods in art therapy and the digital arts, such as photography, projection, video, twitter, and facebook, and live feed, this talk discusses how state-of-the-art technology can empower communities and individuals to prevent and heal from sexual violence.
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Drum Majors: Training Youth Activists to End Sexual Violence

This is a youth-led workshop that organizes high school students to end sexual assault and sexual harassment in their schools. This interactive, multi-media workshop trains high school students to design anti-violence curriculums (such as the Clothesline project),educate their peers, and advocate for sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention programs in their neighborhood as well as schools.
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College Leaders: Working With College Students to End Campus Sexual Violence

The Young Leaders training supports and provides additional resources to college anti-violence organizations. By emphasizing the need for diversity and popular culture literacy in anti-violence programs, we work with administrators and students to devise training, recruitment strategies, community outreach, and campus education programs.
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Safety Abroad: Addressing Sexual Assault on Study Abroad Programs

When students study abroad, they often travel without training in personal safety and an understanding of cross-cultural attitudes towards sexuality and sexual assault. This training helps administrators and students develop comprehensive study-abroad sexual assault resources, insuring that students are aware of university protocol and services for them while they are abroad.
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Upcoming Events

Reading Now:

A Long Walk Home Co-Authors NY Times Op-Ed, "To Stop Violence, Start at Home"

Tune In: PBS

Co-Founder Salamishah Tillet is featured in A Path Appears, the follow up to Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's groundbreaking documentary, Half The Sky. A Path Appears features leading activists and journalists concerned with gender-based oppressions and finding effective solutions to combat them.

March 13th - 19th

A Long Walk Home partners with She's Beautiful When She's Angry, the first theatrical documentary about the founders of the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. It opens at the Music Box Theatre, Chicago.

March 26-29, 2015

INCITE! Color Of Violence 4 Conference: Beyond the State. A Long Walk Home will lead “Breaking the Cycle: Parents, Girl/Friends, and an Intergenerational Movement To End Gender Violence” Workshop. This interactive workshop, led by founders, Salamishah Tillet, and Scheherazade Tillet and Girl/Friends parents and youth leaders, focuses on how to develop art based programs and campaigns to end violence against girls and young women of color. Location: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, IL. Register Now




Video News Feature: ALWH on BET/Meet the Faith w/Ian Smith

Sexual Abuse, Healing, and Faith in the African American Community

Audio News Feature: ALWH on NPR

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