Survivor Writing Workshop with Donna Jenson & Dr. Emily Samuelson (Session One)

Survivor Writing Workshop with Donna Jenson & Dr. Emily Samuelson (Session One)


Part of the Ending Violence Without Violence Virtual Training Series

From 10:00 AM until 12:30 PM

At Zoom Meeting

Presented by the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Seven Dancers Coalition, and Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action /

The survivor community is integral to achieving an end to sexual violence. Their hearts, minds and voices must be core in the reimaging of current mainstream responses, programs, and policies for the transformation of justice. Survivors need opportunities to think, share and collaborate together—as survivors.

Such an opportunity is the Time To Tell What We Know writing and mindfulness workshop. The more survivors can think together and support one another's voices and perspectives the more they can use their experience to illuminate and impact initiatives and policies in the quest to change the culture and turn the tide on this epidemic. This workshop was developed by survivors in order to create a uniquely supportive environment within which participants can explore and share their experiences and have their voices heard, respected and understood.

The survivor-led format is a unique platform using writing and mindfulness practices to facilitate personal exploration and community building. We honor each other's voices by actively listening to each writer reading what they've written within the workshop. The mindfulness practices are designed in synergy with the writing, supporting nonjudgmental self-awareness, acceptance and creativity so each can experience their own clear voice in the present moment.

About the Speaker

Donna Jenson founded Time To Tell™ in 2009 with a mission to spark stories from lives affected by incest and sexual abuse to be told and heard. It is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. She wrote and performs her one-woman play, What She Knows: One Woman's Way through Incest to Joy, which is based on her own experience of surviving incest and what she did to make her life worth living. She performs her play at conferences, for organizations focused on boys who have sexually abused others, girls in prison, college students, domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, and communities in need of healing. Donna also leads writing and mindfulness workshops for survivors. Donna is a leader, counselor and organizer who built grassroots women's centers in New York City during the 1970s and 1980s and is still active in the leadership development consulting and training practice she established in 1986. Her book, Healing My Life from Incest to Joy, is a narrative of the choices she made and experiences she had that helped her heal from her childhood trauma. It will be published by Levellers Press in fall 2017. Learn more at


This event will be held on May 26, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET. This event will be held via Zoom Meetings. Registration is limited to 8 participants only. Registrants will receive the meeting link by email. In the event registration reaches the max amount of participants you will receive an email notification and added to the waitlist.


This session will be conducted and spoken in English. Please indicate in the registration form if you require live captioning or language interpretation, so that we can accommodate your needs. These requests are due by May 20, 2021.

This offering is part of our Ending Violence Without Violence Virtual Training Series. Learn more at


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