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Mirror Memoirs Healing Circle for API Folks

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Asian American Writers Workshop

112 West 27th Street

#600

New York, NY 10001

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On April 6th nationally-recognized survivor activist Amita Swadhin will lead a healing circle inspired by their project Mirror Memoirs.

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Mirror Memoirs is a national storytelling and organizing project intervening in rape culture by uplifting the narratives, healing and leadership of LGBTQI+ people of color who survived child sexual abuse. Founded by Amita Swadhin in 2016, the project is now fiscally sponsored by Community Partners, a 501(c)(3) headquartered in Los Angeles. The initial audio archive of Mirror Memoirs is due to be released from spring through fall 2020 contains 58 stories across 15 states. 18 of these stories are from LGBTQI+ Asian American or Pacific Islander folks.

For this circle, we welcome all survivors of child sexual abuse who are Asian American or Pacific Islander (regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation) and all Asian American or Pacific Islander folks who love someone who has survived child sexual abuse to participate.

The stories from the healing circle will not be recorded but we will hear a short audio excerpt from API queer, intersex, non-binary and transgender survivors of child sexual abuse sharing their notions of healing and their visions for a world without child sexual abuse and rape culture. We will also be guided through a healing ritual reclaiming inner child wisdom and strength. Finally, we'll learn more about Mirror Memoirs and how to get involved in our growing work in NYC and beyond.

Survivors of child sexual abuse are invited to bring a photo of yourself at the age at which you were surviving sexual violence, to be placed on our community altar. You may take your photo home with you at the end of our gathering.

Survivors will be encouraged to share their survivorship in the following ways: You are welcome to say "I'm a survivor of child sexual abuse/childhood rape/childhood sexual assault," and to share the role of the person who abused you (ex: it was my parent/sibling/babysitter/etc), but we ask that you not share details of the violence you experienced beyond that.

While this circle is not formal therapy, it is a space for collective healing. We will provide referrals to places you can go to share your story in its entirety so that you can release and be witnessed with support and care in the way you deserve.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to reserve a seat. This event is free of charge, thanks to support from the Asian Women Giving Circle and the Asian American Writer's Workshop.

If you cannot attend, but would like to learn more about Mirror Memoirs, you can do so here.

NOTE ON ACCESSIBILITY

* The space is wheelchair accessible. No stairs. Direct elevator from ground floor to 6th floor.

* We strongly encourage all participants of the space/event to be scent-free.

If you all have any other specific questions about accessibility, please email Tiffany Le at tle@aaww.org with any questions on reserving priority seating

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