The Family Resource Center (FRC), a sexual violence resource and children’s advocacy center serving Kershaw and Lee counties, will host a free viewing of the 2017 documentary, The Rape of Recy Taylor, with a community discussion to follow. The program will take place tonight at 7 p.m. at the Little Theater, 506 East DeKalb St., Camden.
The documentary shares the gripping journey of Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old African-American woman sexually violated in 1944. Taylor spoke out about her assault and was supported in her fight for justice by Rosa Parks and other members of the NAACP.
The FRC will provide several community forums throughout the year. The purpose of each forum is to shed light on the many ways in which gaining the support needed for victims of sexual violence and child abuse can be quite a discouraging task, and the ways in which we as a community can help. The forums will also help participants learn how much more difficult the journey to healing becomes for victims identifying as a person of color, with disabilities, LGBTQIA, homeless, or from other marginalized communities -- it can yield an amazingly increased level of trauma and other adverse effects.
“Our aim is that this program, along with the series of workshops to follow, will serve as a catalyst for increased awareness of sexual violence and child abuse,” FRC Executive Rosalyn Smith-Stover said in a press release. “We seek to provide the community with support and specialized training to provide a culturally specific response when serving victims and survivors. This specialized training will provide places of worship, educational and community support service organizations with the tools needed to ensure that every victim receives the comprehensive care needed to aid them in their journey from horror to (being) healed. We believe that our communities’ increased knowledge of this intersectionality, along with the integration of trauma-informed approaches, will benefit the victims of sexual violence and child abuse, along with the entire community.”
In this first forum, participants will engage in a discussion centered on sexual violence and its intersection with racism, sexism, oppression and other forms of injustice. Guests are asked to be mindful of the complex subject matter if bringing children. FRC staff asks that attendees be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
While the event is free, participants are asked to register in advance by calling FRC Victim Service Specialist Sheila Farrar at (803) 425-4357.