The apology “I’m sorry”: a writing- and discussion-based workshop for survivors

Date(s) - 03/26/2020
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Idea Garden


The apology/”I’m sorry”: a writing- and discussion-based workshop for survivors

Organized by Stephanie Alinsug/Radical Liberation Project, Onnesha Roychoudhuri & Frances Cathryn

One in three women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. This stat is staggering, and yet so many of us silently carry our lived experiences within us. We hope to draw out the discussion of violence by offering participants a space to explore via writing what we would need to continue the ongoing process of healing, and to add nuance to our relationship to harm/harm doers. This workshop will also teach participants how to work to regain control of their personal narratives in a society that traditionally marginalizes the histories of those not in positions of power.

Inspired by Eve Ensler’s The Apology and a growing need for anti-carceral transformative justice/community accountability responses to harm, this creative workshop is designed to give self-identified survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and coercive control the opportunity to write themselves a version of an apology from the responsible party. We will begin with a group discussion of how we define “an apology” and what we need in order to continue the ongoing process of healing. We will then provide space to free write, and time for an optional share out.

Stephanie, Onnesha, and Frances are not trained therapists, but much of their organizing work revolves around facilitating conversations to create new models of justice in marginalized communities. This workshop is for people who have had the opportunity to process their lived experience(s), and is intended to provide an additional layer of processing and creative healing. It is not meant to be participants’ first or primary engagement with healing. Preference will be given to folx who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color and/or LGBTQIA. We request participants be at least 18 years of age due to the sensitive content. We also intend to cap participation at 10 people.

Part of Women’s History Month Kingston.


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