Survivors of child sexual abuse and adult rape, especially women and femmes, are taught that rage is an unhealthy response to the unspeakable forms of violence committed against the child and adult bodies we inhabit in this lifetime. Instead, for the sake of our well-being, we are regularly encouraged to deny, silence, medicate, and/or institutionalize the rage without addressing its root causes. In mainstream society, rage and meditation aren't usually associated with one another. For some, rage is the antithesis of meditation. Yet, meditation can serve as an anchor and compass that leads to action and healing that emerges from deep within.
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7:00pm ET - Welcome & guided meditation
7:25pm ET - Dharma talk
7:55pm ET - Q&A with teacher
8:10pm ET - Announcements
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Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning Black feminist lesbian cultural worker who, for over 25-years, has examined the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and sexual violence. She creates work that is informed by her lived experiences as a child sexual abuse survivor, adult rape survivor, and Buddhist practitioner in the Theravada tradition committed to disrupting and ending the inhumane, humanely. Aishah is the editor of the 2019-released, leading-edge anthology, Love WITH Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse (AK Press), and producer/writer/director of the ground-breaking, 2006 released, Ford Foundation-funded film, NO! The Rape Documentary. Centering diasporic Black survivors, Love WITH Accountability and NO! break silences around sexual violence committed against children and adults, cultivate healing for survivors, and encourage accountability outside of the criminal (in)justice system. Aishah is on Twitter and Instagram @AfroLez."