Clear Lines Festival is now in full swing. Yesterday at Day 2 we started the day with a panel of legal experts from festival sponsors international law firm McAllister Olivarius discussing how we can challenge sexual harassment and damaging workplace cultures, as well as positive developments in the law on revenge pornography.
At our media panel event we had a great conversation with journalists from the BBC and The Telegraph about the role of media coverage of sexual assault, complete with important feedback from audience members on how journalists can improve reporting.
The powerful plays in our Theatre Night really reflected the diversity of experiences of sexual violence, from the complexities of relationships involving domestic violence to questions around true “recovery” from abuse.
The festival has also been featured on Channel 4 news! Co-founders Winnie Li and Dr Nina Burrowes were interviewed and you can watch the clip online here.
And now for Day 3….
We are kicking off today with Dr Nina Burrowes and Survivors Together as they address the incredibly important issue of how we can talk to children about sexual abuse to keep them safe, followed by a discussion with our festival Artists-in-Residence Johanna Ward and Ela Xora about their exhibited work at the festival, and Johanna will also be creating a new piece of art during the day in her pop-up photo studio.
To reduce the incidence of sexual assault, we need to understand why perpetrators commit these crimes, and at 3pm Dr Nina Burrowes will be tackling the difficult issue of the psychology behind sexual offenders.
Nest at 4.30pm we have a brilliant panel of survivors, activists, criminal justice professionals and others to answer the questions about sexual assault that you’ve never had a chance to ask. This will be followed at 6.30pm by our event looking at how men can be part of the solution to sexual violence, with White Ribbon Campaign, National Ugly Mugs Scheme and blogger Chris Packe.
And to close – a nice bit of comedy! We’ve had lots of questions about how we can make jokes and laugh at sexual assault – well tonight you can find out! Join Tiff Stevenson, Sarah Kendall, Josie Long, and Stuart Black as they poke fun at cultural attitudes towards rape, sexuality, and the objectification of women. We have a few tickets left so grab yours here.
You can still book your tickets on Eventbrite.
See you all later!