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When it comes to violence against women and girls, is America keeping its promise to the world - and to itself?
"I grew up in the sort of Midwestern small town regularly referred to as 'The Real America,' a description that seems to all but guarantee that the region being so labeled will in no way represent most of the nation." So begins Anne K. Ream's "My America," a piece excerpted by Thomson Reuters and featured in the newly-released paperback edition of Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors. Part travel essay documenting Anne's trip through Senegal with The Voices and Faces Project ally Art Works for Change, part exploration of the chasm between the American Ideal and the "American Real" as regards human rights and gender justice issues, Anne's piece is especially timely as we reflect on our country's values in the wake of the fourth of July.

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The Voices & Faces Project | Lived Through This
Ready, set, read: the Lived Through This Discussion Guide is available now.
Now available in paperback, after entering its second printing last fall, Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors has become a "go-to" text for book clubs, discussion groups, and individuals seeking to understand global gender-based violence through a series of narrative and photographic profiles. Called "Revelatory… a book graced with hope, humanity and compassion" (Kirkus Reviews), Anne K. Ream and Patricia Evans' book is changing the world, one powerful testimony at a time.

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The Voices & Faces Project | Lecture Series
Testimony and Tikkun Olam: How the stories of survivors are changing the movement to end gender-related violence.
Danny M. Cohen
During "Testimony and Tikkun Olam" - an all-new lecture and slide presentation that The Voices and Faces Project will debut at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in November, 2015 - we'll discuss the role that testimony has played in social justice movements, while introducing the audience to six extraordinary women and men from across the globe who are using their own stories to challenge legal and social responses to gender-based violence. During this presentation and audience discussion, we'll consider the ways that testimony can break through ideological barriers, explore the role of social media in creating change, and speak to a growing body of research that establishes the links between sharing testimony and healing from trauma. Participants include Danny M. Cohen, Leslie Thomas, Galya Ruffer, and Anne K. Ream.
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The Voices & Faces Project | On the Road
This month, Istanbul, Turkey. Next month, your city?
Anne K. Ream at Soroptimist
Our Voices and Faces Project Speakers Bureau is a national network of artists, activists, and advocates who are speaking out about the issue of gender-based violence through a series of innovative workshops and presentations – many featuring the survivor stories documented by our project's creative teams. This month The Voices and Faces Project is heading to its fourth continent, when Anne K. Ream speaks at the Soroptimist International 20th Annual Women's Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.
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