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The film shows the harrowing efforts of New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, whose story sparked a nationwide sexual assault movement. The screening is sponsored by Utah Film Studios, and will be followed by a curated panel discussion. Registration for the event can be found on the Peace House Website.
Victims of sexual violence have long suffered in silence in many cases, as documented in the film. There were decades of inaction where sexual violence was allowed to exist in Hollywood before finally being brought to light by Twohey and Kantor. While the story and subsequent film won’t end the creation of new victims, it can raise the conversation. For the Peace House, that is the purpose of the event.
“We hope this event will help elevate the conversation about available resources for sexual assault survivors and encourage our community members to ask questions, so they feel comfortable referring others or reaching out for help,” said Kendra Wyckoff, executive director of Peace House. “We also hope that this film supports and informs our community, and that we can continue conversations surrounding sexual assault victimization, the realities that victims face, and the prevention of sexual assault.”
The Peace House is a haven for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape. The organization provides and supports many invaluable services for victims, such as counseling, community outreach, advocacy for victims, safe housing, and sexual assault services, such as the Hospital Response Team, with the help of Wasatch Forensic Nurses.
Before creating the Hospital Response Team (HRT) in 2019, victims in Summit County were referred to Salt Lake valley hospitals or clinics for forensic exams. Not only does the HRT solve the access problem, but it provides an advocate for the victim throughout the process and after. HRT advocates support the victim in many ways, from acting as a liaison to medical staff and law enforcement, to assisting with safety planning before referring them to other support programs at the Peace House.
Visit the Peach House website to learn more about upcoming events, services, and how to support the organization.
The 24/7 helpline can be reached at (800) 647 9161, where trained advocates will provide support and guidance at no cost.