"I’ve been pruning in the gender based-violence forest since the early 1990’s – for more than 20 years – and yet it wasn’t until this past year that I was able to cultivate the strength to dig up my child sexual abuse roots. And as is the case with so many victim-survivors, this digging up inevitably leads to questions of love, accountability and family." ~ Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Creator of NO! The Rape Documentary and #LoveWITHAccountability
In January 2016, Aishah Shahidah Simmons was one of eight individuals who was awarded a two-year fellowship from the Just Beginnings Collaborative to develop and launch her new project, which is a continuation of the work she began with NO! The Rape Documentary. #LoveWITHAccountability is a multi-media campaign for child sexual abuse and incest survivors of African descent to speak out in solidarity and to share their testimonies and solutions for creating accountability for the violence done to them within their families. #LoveWITHAccountability addresses the profound harm that comes – especially for people of color – when the only option for addressing child sexual abuse is punishment and incarceration.
To learn more about the project, including the two-week #LoveWITHAccountability online forum featuring essays, testimonials, video, and poetry by 29 Black diasporic child sexual abuse survivors and/or advocates, please visit the website.