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August 22, 2018

Discover LEAP, our magazine for girls who are loud, empowered, accepted and proud.

“Behind the story I tell is the one that I don’t. Behind the story you hear is the one I wish I could make you hear,” wrote Dorothy Allison. Those words speak to the spirit of LEAP, The Voices and Faces Project’s teen-focused literary journal. Created by Chicago-area graduates of our Stories We Tell testimonial writing workshop for girls, ages 15-18, LEAP features poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, and spoken-word pieces. LEAP features poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, and spoken-word pieces.

July 27, 2018

Our newest Voices and Faces Project program? It's all about change.

Survivors from across the globe are increasingly using their stories to change legal and social responses to gender-based violence. The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements are a powerful continuation of this historical and global trend. Today, more than ever, our stories are our power. How can we effectively use those stories to call the world to both compassion and political action? What are the risks — and rewards — of testifying to our experiences through our writing, our speaking, or our creative projects?

July 11, 2018

1st Annual Change the World Youth Summit

June 25 2018

‟My writing workshop experience with The Voices and Faces Project was life altering.”— Sharisse Tracey

When The Voices and Faces Project launched The Stories We Tell, North America’s first two-day testimonial writing program, we did so with a simple belief: that the stories of those who have lived through or witnessed violence can challenge and change the world.

During a moment in our national life when politicians and pundits too often fail to confront the root causes of gender-based violence, injustice, and inequality, our Stories We Tell writers are using their testimonies to change minds and hearts. There is nothing beautiful about injustice, but there is something deeply beautiful about the women and girls who are speaking out about it.

May 25, 2018

Your story is your power. Are you using it?

When The Voices and Faces Project launched The Stories We Tell, North America’s first two-day testimonial writing program, we did so with a simple belief: that the stories of those who have lived through or witnessed violence can challenge and change the world.

During a moment in our national life when politicians and pundits too often fail to confront the root causes of gender-based violence, injustice, and inequality, our “Stories We Tell” writers are using their testimonies to change minds and hearts.

May 5, 2018

Does rock and rap music have a woman problem? Or is it a woman problem?

During a moment in our national life when men in Hollywood, media, and entertainment are being newly held accountable for sexual violence and harassment, why has the music industry remained so resistant to reform?

Last month, Voices and Faces Project founder Anne K. Ream — a gender justice advocate who is also a passionate fan of rap, hip hop, and rock ‘n roll — moderated a New City Chicago panel discussion about misogyny in music, the underrepresentation of women in the field, and the need for a #MeToo style reckoning.

April 4, 2018

If a story changes everything, what can 30 stories do?

Since 2001, the United States has observed Sexual Assault Awareness Month every April. In that spirit, The Voices and Faces Project is highlighting just a few of the voices, faces, and stories at the heart of the movement to end gender-based violence through our new #30Stories30Days campaign. Created to share the insights and wisdom of many of the survivors who have inspired us over the years, #30Stories30Days isn’t just a campaign. It’s a call to action.

March 22, 2018

Words Can Create Change

On March 22nd, the Chicago Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women, in partnership with The Book Cellar, is hosting a special literary event featuring Anne K. Ream, author of Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors. During a conversation that will be moderated by Kaethe Morris Hoffer, the director of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, we’ll discuss the seismic shift occurring in our culture as regards gender-based violence, and consider the risks and rewards for survivors sharing their testimonies beyond US borders.

March 20, 2018

We're speaking out for the next generation. And we're speaking out for ourselves.

On March 3rd, in partnership with Cause the Effect Chicago, EvolveHer, and several other inspiring local groups, The Voices and Faces Project played a leadership role in the #MeToo For Teens Summit, a half day program developed by and for Chicago-area girls who have been inspired by #MeToo and its founder, Tarana Burke. The event was created in partnership with Commissioner Bridget Gainer.

February 23, 2018

Our stories are our power. Let's use them.

In ways that are truly unprecedented, survivors from across the globe are using their stories to challenge legal and social responses to rape, sexual harassment, and other forms of gender-based violence. #MeToo is but one example of a larger movement and historical tradition that is transforming society while contributing to individual healing. During “Our Stories Are Our Power,” an interactive presentation and moderated discussion that will debut at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in March, Voices and Faces Project founder Anne K. Ream will explore the links between the sharing of our stories and healing from trauma, introduce the audience to a global community of gender-based violence survivors who are changing minds, hearts, and laws with their testimonies, and consider the “ethics of story sharing” in our digitally connected world.

February 13, 2018

Telling our stories can change the story.

Every day in America, tens of thousands of people are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Millions more are bought and sold worldwide. What factors make people vulnerable to exploitation? And what makes it difficult for victims to leave the sex trade?

The Life Story: Moments of Change was created to explore those questions through the power of survivor testimony. By listening to those who have been in “the life” — the term survivors sometimes use to describe the sex trade — we can come to better understand key “on-ramps” to sexual exploitation: a series of system failures that occur in schools, foster care, healthcare, and housing (to name but a few).

January 25, 2018

How can we turn the #MeToo moment into a lasting social movement?

In a way that feels unprecedented, the public is finally listening to those who have lived through sexual violence and harassment. We can thank #MeToo — and the millions of extraordinary survivors who have shared their stories in the last few months, and over the course of generations — for that. The world is changing. And the world will not be changing back.

January 9, 2018

We’re coming together to end online sexual exploitation. Join us on January 11th for a special World Without Exploitation event.

Three years ago, The Voices and Faces Project embarked on a unique journey, engaging in a series of conversations with our allies at Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Sanctuary for Families, and National Organization for Women/Women’s Justice NOW. Those conversations set the stage for the 2016 launch of World Without Exploitation, the national movement to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Our goal? To come together to create a world where no person is bought, sold, or exploited. Online or offline.

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