FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 5, 2018 

CONTACT*: JP Delagado Galdamez, Outreach and Education Associate, The Network/La Red; Phone: 857-310-5024; outreach@tnlr.org; www.tnlr.org

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The Network/La Red Weaves Survivor Stories, Music, Art and Dance in Powerful New Short FilmSurviving With Wild Tongues
Survivors talk about their experience of partner abuse in today’s online-only video launch 

[Thursday, April 5, 2018 — Boston, MA]— Massachusetts non-profit The Network/La Red announced today the release of their short film Surviving With Wild Tongues. The short film will center the lives and experiences of partner abuse (domestic violence) survivors who are queer, transgender, black, indigenous, working class and/or people of color.  

While there are many common themes in the experiences of partner abuse and oppression, each survivor’s experience is unique. The short film will feature six survivors who candidly share their stories of survival as well as the importance of community support. These stories of survival also connect with systems of power like racism, transphobia, sexism, classism, anti-immigrant violence, etc. 

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBT/Q) people experience partner abuse in their lifetime at the same rate as heterosexual, cis-gender women, 25-33%. The potential support for LGBQ/T survivors can be reduced by the lack of seriousness attributed to the issue.  

“We need to be in the community talking about partner abuse and the services available to survivors, but with budget cuts this is becoming harder and harder,” said Sabrina Santiago, co-executive director at The Network/La Red.  

According to a 2010 survey conducted by the now-closed GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project, 82% of the LGBQ/T community felt domestic violence was a priority for the community, yet only 24% could name a resource to help them if they were a victim.  

“This video beautifully weaves survivor stories, music, art, and dance to create a multi-dimensional depiction of their lives. What better way to communicate the experience of partner abuse to our communities?”  added Santiago.  

In fact, according to a community needs assessment of Black and Latinx LGBQ/T communities in Boston conducted by the TOD@S Collaborative in 2013, a little over 79.5% of all respondents found personal stories to be one of the most helpful ways of communicating information about partner abuse.    

This short film is part of an ongoing campaign, Survival and Resistance, Power With Survivors, Power For Communities. “For many survivors, our identities and experiences shape how we exist and live in our communities,” said The Network/La Red’s outreach and education associate, JP Delgado Galdamez. “Survival and Resistance gives a platform for us to share our truth, and to make the connection between partner abuse (domestic violence) and oppression,” they added. Cristina Dones, community engagement manager at The Network/La Red, added, “It is inspiring and heartbreaking all at once – truly capturing the complexity of survival and resistance.”  

In addition to the shame and fear often experienced by survivors of partner abuse, additional cultural and societal barriers can keep an LGBQ/T person from reaching out for help. These barriers are too many to count; one clear example that the video will showcase is transphobia and the violence against trans women of color that often results in death.   

Highlights of Surviving with Wild Tongues will be screened at The Network/La Red’s annual fundraiser, Paint The Town (la) Red, happening on April 19th, 2018 at China Pearl Restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown. The full-length video will be available online on April 5th at www.tnlr.org, and on all of The Network/La Red’s social media pages. 

 

About The Network/La Red: 

The Network/La Red (TNLR) is a survivor-led, social justice organization that serves survivors of partner abuse from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, polyamorous and SM communities. Formed in 1989, the organization offers survivors support via a crisis hotline, support groups, court accompaniment, housing assistance and advocacy. TNLR also provides community trainings, educational materials, technical assistance to create more LGBQ/T-inclusive partner abuse services, and does survivor led organizing to end partner abuse. For more information about the organization, its services, the campaign Survival and Resistance: Power With Survivors, Power For Communities, and Surviving with Wild Tongues, call 800-832-1901 or visit our website, www.tnlr.org.