6 Stories From Sexual Assault Survivors, Read Aloud By Men
Their stories are devastating and powerful, even when read by someone else.
An activist group has shared women's stories about sexual assault in an unusual, but moving way.
In a video (which has the option to display English subtitles) from Lithuanian organization Moterys Kalba (Women Speak), six men read six different stories from women who survived sexual assault. Titled #Musudaug (#ManyOfUs), the video is part of a campaign of the same name dedicated to ending violence against women.
According to the video’s description, Moterys Kalba asked women to share their sexual assault stories on Facebook and received 25 submissions, 19 of which described situations where the sexual assault occurred in "a domestic environment."
One man read a woman's account of being sexually assaulted at a party; another read one about a woman being raped by her uncle. As the men read aloud, it's clear they are troubled by the disturbing stories. One man noticed the shame many sexual assault survivors feel and pointed out how it is misplaced. "That guilt and shame belongs to those who raped them," he said.
While it is important to note that women are capable of sexual assault and that men can also be sexually assaulted, Moterys Kalba's video was created in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 25. The group hopes to offer support and motivate sexual assault survivors to report their attacks. After participating in the video, one man also encouraged survivors to not be silent.
"We should talk more about these stories," he said. "People should be more aware of it."