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Jun 4, 2015 8:55 AM ET

Archived: Clear Lines: It’s time to talk about sexual assault – and we’ve found a brilliant way to do it at a 4 day festival of art, discussion, and debate this summer

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 4, 2015

Clear Lines

It’s time to talk about sexual assault – and we’ve found a brilliant way to do it at a 4 day festival of art, discussion, and debate this summer.

Every hour, the equivalent of one man and over ten women are raped in England and Wales.  One in five girls and one in twelve boys will be sexually abused. So many of us are affected by sexual assault, and because it’s so difficult to talk about, we’re missing opportunities to get together and tackle the problem.

But with your help, we can change that and start to have the kinds of conversations we need to have about sexual assault and consent. We are creating the Clear Lines Festival to bring together comedians, activists, artists, psychologists, journalists,  and the public in a vibrant, very human exploration of themes around sexual abuse, sexual violence, and consent.


The first-ever UK festival of its kind, Clear Lines will include:

  • Film, Theatre, Spoken Word, and Comedy nights, exploring sexual assault and abuse through groundbreaking performances, films and and conversations with talented film-makers, writers, artists and comedians. 
  • Panel discussion with journalists on the role of the media in representing sexual abuse and violence.
  • Workshops led by psychologist Dr Nina Burrowes discussing how to talk to children about sexual abuse, and trying to understand offenders.
  • Arts therapy and creative writing workshops.
  • Talks on being a male rape survivor, how men can help with the issue, and how we can use art for activism.
  • Throughout the the festival, visual art will be on display in the venue and our Artists-in-Residence will be creating art on-site.

And that’s just a taste of what’s on offer!

We already have a great line up of artists and experts who want to engage with this issue at Clear Lines – but we can’t make this happen alone. We need to raise funding to hire the venue, cover the most basic costs, and to spread the word of the festival as far as possible, and to ensure that most of our events can be free to all.

We need to we reach our initial target of £3500 to make this festival happen, largely through volunteers and contributors who are donating their time and effort. But we want to bring the festival to as many people as possible, so if we reach our stretch target of £9000 we will be able to film our sessions and workshops and share them online, for free, to give the festival a legacy, and have an impact on more people’s lives. We’ll also be able to compensate the artists and speakers who are bringing so much to Clear Lines.

No matter how small the donation, you can help make the Clear Lines festival a reality. Help us to replace the shame and silence usually associated with this issue with insight, understanding and community. So please donate, spread the word, and join us at the festival – either in person in London, or online.

Let’s start the conversations that don’t always happen, and find our way of creating change.

Thank you for your support.

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