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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Break the Silence event is April 27

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

For the ninth year in a row, teens and adults who have survived sexual abuse will be gathering together for Break the Silence, a sexual abuse poetry night April 27. They are joined there by this year’s speaker, local artist Amy Elise.

Elise is a survivor of child sexual abuse and lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder, a condition that used to be called Multiple Personality Disorder. She has several personalities who live inside of her, many of whom are artists. She will be telling her story and sharing all of their artwork.

Local therapist Anne Crothers, of Healing Works in Allentown, sponsors the event, which will be held at Gallery 415, 417 Front St., Catasauqua, 7-9 p.m. April 27. Survivors, friends and family 14 and older are encouraged to break the silence for one night. Proceeds will go to benefit Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.

Those brave enough to read a poem will receive a “swag bag” with products donated by local businesses, therapists and survivors. There is a dinner, a band and a raffle. The band includes Allentown musicians Sam Crothers and Bob Perrone and their friend Hugh Brenner from Ardmore.

Crothers, M.Ed., created the event in 2010 due to her work with sexual abuse survivors of all ages and their need for community to reduce shame. April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and also National Poetry Month, so the event is usually held on the last Friday in April.

For more information about this event, visit sexualabusepoetrynight.webs.com.

For more information about Crothers and/or Healing Works, visit healingworksallentown.com.