The Letter, Beacon from a Lighthouse

KWO & Artful Living Present: The Letter, Beacon from a Lighthouse

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In recognition of this, the Killingworth Women’s Organization is pairing up with Artful Living Productions, Inc. to bring a very special performance of “The Letter, Beacon from a Lighthouse” to Killingworth. The program is being offered free of charge: Thursday, April 6th, 6:30pm, HKHS Auditorium (95 Little City Rd. Higganum, CT 06441).

In the United States alone numbers are staggering. “One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. More than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault. 63.3% of men at one university who self-reported acts qualifying as rape or attempted rape admitted to committing repeat rapes. One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives. Annually, rape costs the U.S. more than any other crime ($127 billion), followed by assault ($93 billion), murder ($71 billion), and drunk driving ($61 billion)” -National Sexual Violence Research Center. http://www.nsvrc.org. We hope you’ll help us be part of the education and awareness of Sexual Assault in our community by attending this event.

The Letter, Beacon from a Lighthouse is a docudrama scripted by Christopher Solimene. It is a condensed adaptation of the three letters presented to the judge in the Stanford Rape Case: one by the victim who has been referred to as “Emily Doe”, one from the accused Brock Turner, and one from the father of the accused, Ted Turner. The program is short, about an hour and 15 minutes, but powerful: “Your Honor, if it is all right, for the majority of this statement I would like to address the defendant directly. You don’t know me, but you’ve been inside me, and that’s why we’re here today. “ – Emily Doe. The performance is pertinent especially for teens, and families with graduating students heading off to college in the near future. For more information about the program please visit www.kwoct.org, or call Lynn Monahan Clark at 860-663-2138.