Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Silence isn't always golden

Girl taking a late afternoon walk in Charlotteville, Tobago - one of the communities involved in the research project
In 2009 I started work as a documentary photographer with a team from the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at U.W.I.

The project on which we are working is aptly named Break the Silence. It "focuses on breaking the silence that has surrounded incest and other forms of child sexual abuse in Trinidad and Tobago. Its aim is generating knowledge and understanding on child sexual abuse/incest and the implications for HIV; empowering women, girls, men and boys to address these issues; and influencing service providers to strengthen their response to child sexual abuse and to understand the linkages between child sexual abuse/incest and HIV."

This article, from which the above extract is taken, explains more.


Lynn Cohen said...

This is such important work and will help so many children, open the eyes of so many adults and hopefully change society and stop abuse. (hopefully stop a lot of abuse). Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!


i congratulate for your work, you are doing really good things.

the title is apt.

it is important we are silent in our mind. the person who dwell alone in his or her mind will remain blissful.

Kimberlie said...

I am glad you are doing this. I think that there are often two silences involved in sexual assault. The one that the perpetrator says "I am going to kill you if you make a sound." and the silence that happens after we survive. It's that second silence that makes being a survivor so difficult.