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The Women's Therapy Centre Institute (WTCI), Rape: A History of Shame Project, and Middle Collegiate Church are hosting this fundraiser for The WTCI. The afternoon includes a film screening of “The Rape of Recy Taylor," a documentary by Nancy Buirski. The film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. A panel discussion will follow. Our panelists, authors and war-rape survivors, will examine the strategic implementation of rape used as a weapon of war. There will be time for audience Q and A. Please purchase your tickets here.



Objectives: 1. To gain a greater understanding of how political forces help shape psychic structure. 2. To broaden ideas about victimization and survival in the face of rape. 3. To raise consciousness about rape as a weapon of war. 4. To expand your clinical lens about working with survivors of rape. 5. To widen your understanding of transgenerational trauma.

Wiola Rebecka, creator of Rape: A History of Shame Project earned her Master’s in Social Work at The University of Warsaw and continued her education to study psychoanalysis. Her doctoral dissertation was based on her work with Swahili women.

Wiola began fieldwork on her project interviewing war-rape survivors and children who were born from rape in Rwanda and the Congo. Her interviews extended to genocide and war-rape survivors from Kosovo, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, Burundi and Uganda.

A graduate of The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, Wiola currently lives in NYC and works as a social worker, therapist, human rights activist, feminist, and social commentator.

Panelist Consolee Nishimwe is and author and survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Her memoir is entitled Tested to the Limit: A genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope.

Panelist Jeanne Celestine Lakin serves as an International Advisor II and is the designated Sexual Prevention Representative at Lone Star College, North Harris. Ms. Lakin started the non-profit organization, One Million Orphans. She is the author of A Voice in the Darkness: Memoir of a Rwandan Genocide Survivor. Proceeds from her book are donated to One Million Orphans.

This screening was made possible through support from The New York Women's Foundation.

The Rape of Recy Taylor Screening


The New York State Education Department has approved this workshop for 3.5 contact hours (CEUs) for NYS licensed LMSWs, LCSWs, LCATs and LMHCs.

The Women's Therapy Centre Institute Training Program is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for NYS licensed social workers #SW-0361, NYS licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0018, and NYS licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0102.
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