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We create an NGO that specializes in educating teens & young adults about issues of sexual violence through the performing arts - an engaging, impactful play followed by Q&A/discussion. The participants maybe asked to get involved with the play itsel

We create an NGO that specializes in educating teens & young adults about issues of sexual violence through the performing arts - an engaging, impactful play followed by Q&A/discussion. The participants maybe asked to get involved with the play itsel

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Hey Vishal, great to see yours as well. I conceived the idea as I've been thinking about using play as a from of therapy for children who stutter. There is an organization in New York that allows children who stutter to write, direct and act in plays thereby helping them discover hidden speaking potential. The process is designed by experts who provide therapy to children who stammer.

Let's talk about this more offline for sure. Add me on Skype dhruv.skype or give me a call anytime to discuss.

Noura Embabi:
Hmm.. very interesting and much needed. I like your suggestion to use theater as a form of education and awareness-building. Having children take on roles in plays about rape and sexual violence can be very powerful (too powerful?). Addressing these topics in an educational setting is very important and I'm sure will be valuable to these teens. They may be learning about rape and sex in ways that are inaccurate (e.g., "rape only happens between strangers") or unjust (e.g., blaming the victim) - better to provide them with the truth. Just a question - why rape and sex, as a pair? Rape to me exists under a larger umbrella of sexual violence, whereas sex might actually be consensual, though it is a great idea to teach young folk about the difference between the two. Also, how would you go about circumventing cultural and religious taboos in discussing these topics?

Anyways, I think this is a wonderful idea, and you can check out (or even contact) Epic Theatre Ensemble, which does similar work in schools in NYC, for more ideas :) http://www.epictheatreensemble.org/