Janet Goldblatt Holmes was first introduced to The Voices and Faces Project in 2006.
“Something 'triggered,' in a good way, when I found this organization and this community," Janet says today. A sexual violence survivor who had been silent about the abuse she lived through over 40 years earlier, Janet soon began to write about having survived rape, first in "The Burden of Silence," a moving 2008 essay published in The Toronto Globe and Mail, and then in a piece called "Memory Transformed,” which was featured in Jewish Women International.
Janet has also contributed writing on rape and holistic healing modalities to The Art of Healing Magazine. A keynote speaker for the Canadian Jewish Community's "Journey of Light and Hope," which is a public discussion about sexual violence during the Holocaust, Janet believes that our voices are our most effective tools for creating change.
In 2014, Tikkun On Line Magazine published The Power of Testimony, One Woman's Voice" the essay she wrote, based on the talk. Janet has been a driving force behind the Canadian expansion of The Stories We Tell, our Voices and Faces Project writing workshop, and she supports our US-based workshop leadership team on program development and outreach. "Creative programs are so important to a survivor's healing," says Janet. "After taking part in the two-day Voices and Faces Project writing workshop myself, and being completely changed by it, I knew I wanted to help other survivors discover it. I was silent for too long. Now I am using my voice and face wherever I can."