Call for sexual survivors to share their stories

I’m Good…No, Wait…I’m Great

Survivors of sexual trauma tell their stories of claiming pleasure, intimacy, and good sex

Every 107 seconds another American is sexually assaulted. Every year, there are about 293,000 victims of sexual assault—in the US alone. Whether violated by strangers or by those who betrayed trust, many victims do in time heal their hearts and bodies, and join the thousands of others who can call themselves survivors. But what would it mean to not just survive, but to flourish?  To find pleasure in intimacy and sex? To feel powerful and confident in one’s’ own body and within relationships? This collection of celebratory stories of identity, sexuality, intimacy, and more, serves as a moving testament that that while a tragic event changes your life, it doesn’t have the power to limit you forever.

This collection is being curated and edited by Catriona McHardy, a nationally known, well-loved sex educator and former Vice President of Education & Training for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and Cathy Plourde, writer and activist who is expert in addressing socially sensitive issues with compassion and nuance.

This is a call for people to share what has inspired them in their recovery process, how they have discovered their own strength. The editors believe that strength and success can be found in small moments as well as large; that everyone’s journey is different; that the journey itself is not linear; and that by telling your story it is possible to better interpret/translate it for yourself as well as be an inspiration for others.

  • Contributions in the collection can be a result of interviews with Cathy and Catriona; or, written by the contributor; or written in collaboration with the editors.
  • The collection will not offer in-depth recounting of the past trauma.  This is not to minimize what happened.  Rather, this is to offer an under-represented aspect to finding a full recovery or discovery of one’s self having survived such trauma.
  • People of any age, race, ability, identity, gender, orientation, sexuality, religion are encouraged to contact the editors for possible inclusion.
  • Contributors may choose to remain anonymous or be identified as they wish.
  • The book will be made into an e, audio, and POD book and hopefully will also be found on bookstore shelves.

If you are interested in know more about this project, or in being invited to participate, please contact either Cathy or Catriona!

Cathy Plourde <Plourde.cathy@gmail.com>

Catriona McHardy <catrionamchardy310@gmail.com>

Editor Bios:

Catriona McHardy:

Catriona McHardy has spent her life studying human sexuality and formally spent a 32-year career in the field.  She led a team of “sexperts” who provided sexuality education and training to professionals, teens, and parents regionally, nationally, and internationally.  Catriona and her colleagues have been awarded three prestigious national awards and have written several curricula that are used in and beyond the borders of the United States. Their renowned curriculum on Sexual Violence in Teen Lives, one of the first in the country, and one that addressed the difficult and misunderstood topic of consent has been widely used by educators and sexual violence professionals for twenty years.

Catriona is currently a consultant and trainer on issues pertaining to sexual expression and that work towards building a sex positive culture. Catriona is also a faculty member at Community College of Vermont where she teaches courses in communication, race, ethnicity, class and gender, and of course, human sexuality.

Catriona loves to teach, talk, listen, and learn as long as there is humour and curiosity in the mix.

Cathy Plourde:

Cathy’s background is in education and using theatre and arts for social change. She founded Add Verb Productions in 1999, sending touring productions into schools, colleges and communities across the US to address eating disorders (The Thin Line) and engaging bystanders in violence prevention (You the Man).  She’s had commissions from such groups as Maine Women’s Fund, Hardy Girls Healthy Women, Boys to Men (Maine), and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.  Cathy has presented on her work across the US and internationally, with You the Man and The Thin Line being culturally translated for use and research in Australia. Under her leadership two volumes of Out and Allied: An Anthology of Performance Pieces Written By LGBTQ Youth and Allies have been produced, featuring plays, monologues, poetry, and spoken word alongside production and activist tools.

Cathy Plourde

Arts//Creativity//Social Innovation

plourde.cathy@gmail.com

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