Memories of Violence

About Memories of Violence

Memories of Violence is a multimedia project, sharing individual stories from LGBTQ survivors on their experiences with violence. Our project is about focused on healing, education and awareness; pushing past the invisibility and silencing of LGBTQ survivors and empowering queer communities to have discussions on how we can support and grow with each other.

SocialScope Productions believes queer people develop strategic coping strategies to deal with violence that, at times, can be creative, campy, apathetic, resistant and empowering. Unfortunately, many anti-violence movements, agencies and advocates still have a long way to go in their sensitivity, compassion and understanding on the unique barriers and complexities LGBTQ survivors may face. Mainstream discussions about intimate partner violence, sexual violence and childhood abuse set up specific, rigid ideas on what violence is supposed to look like and who it directly affects. Our Memories of Violence project resists just sharing our stories in the narrow, pre-approved ways on how survivors are supposed to recount their memories of violence and where we should individually be with our own healing process.

Memories of Violence helps broaden ideas around violence, trauma and understands that LGBTQ individuals may have complicated relationships with power and power differentials at the intersections of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, socioeconomic class and violence. There is often an ongoing struggle for what constitutes consent and the socialization of queer sexuality, bodies, spaces and communities.

SocialScope Productions’ community and educational events present both opportunities and challenges for queer folks, students, anti-violence advocates, educators and community allies to envision strategies to prevent and interrupt sexual and intimate partner violence, transform the conditions that create violence, create community accountability and shift community norms around what constitutes consent.

Programs

SocialScope Productions has hosted a variety of programs that focus on specific issues and identities within our diverse LGBTQ community, such as:

2013 Queering Violence: Conversations on Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence in LGBTQ Communities,
Washington University, Brown School of Social Work, St. Louis

2013 Queering Consent: Conversations on Sexual Violence on LGBTQ Bodies and Spaces
DePaul University, Chicago

2012 Asking for It: Sexual Violence, Shame and Stigma in Gay Male Communities
DePaul University, Chicago
Awarded “Outstanding Student Affairs Program” at the Stonewall Awards

2011 Reflections on Masculinity, Sexuality and Violence
DePaul University, Chicago


Past Workshops