Magazine article New Internationalist

Community Storytelling

Magazine article New Internationalist

Community Storytelling

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When a visiting instructor at the Korean Youth Cultural Center (KYCC) sexually assaulted one of the group's members, no-one called the police. Instead, the Californiabased KYCC addressed the issue as a community. Consulting with the victim, the KYCC first asked the instructor and his employer to take responsibility by formally apologizing. The instructor was then required to take feminist therapy while the rest of the employees were given sexual assault training.

This tale of community accountability is one of many made available by the Storytelling and Organizing Project (STOP). Founded in Oakland, California, in 2007, STOP'S mission is to collect true stories of community interventions in situations of harm. The verbal accounts, gathered by volunteers, are intended to demonstrate ways of addressing violence outside traditional frameworks. The stories are then placed in a free online database. Thus far they've been used in study groups, in workshops and among families and friends worldwide. …

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