Plain Sight is a creative research project designed to challenge misconceptions that exist in society about adult survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA).
Viv Gordon Company have been working with University College London, VAMHN and Fluxx Films to develop these 4 short films inspired by responses to a creative survey from 25 CSA survivors, which disrupt the conversation and change the narrative.
The films kick back against toxic positivity and the idea of the "well behaved" survivor, call out pathologising systems and cultures, reflect the pain, isolation and embodied experience of CSA survival and sing with hope for a different future. The film screening will include a panel discussion with guest speakers Sophie Olson from @TheFlyingChild (www.theflyingchild.com) and Roz Etwaria from @LittleRoRights (www.littlero.org).
A networking session starts from 7pm in the Atrium bar, followed by film screening from 8pm and Q&A panel until around 9.15pm. Wellbeing support will be available at the event with thanks to Brenda Ramirez Matias.
About the groups involved with the Project
Viv Gordon Company is a CSA survivor-led arts activism organisation. They creatively campaign for increased voice, visibility, community, and leadership by, for and with CSA survivors. They believe CSA survival is a creative act and take a strengths-based approach championing the inherent creativity and resourcefulness in our community. They are currently delivering UpFront Survivors, a multi-year Home Office funded partnership project with SARSAS and The Green House providing cultural infrastructure for CSA survivors to speak out and lead change. VivGordonCompany.com @VivGordonCo
The UKRI Violence Abuse and Mental Health Network aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems among children, adults, and the elderly, by bringing together experts with different ways of thinking about violence, abuse, and mental health - some with personal experience of these issues, others with expertise from the work that they do, and survivor researchers with both. We hope to understand, prevent, and reduce the impact of violence and abuse on mental health. VAMHN.co.uk @VAMHN
The Social Biobehavioural Research Group at University College London investigates how social connections and behaviours impact people’s health. In 2021 they were awarded the status of World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Arts of Health in recognition of their work in this area, and their partnership with WHO on policy influencing. UCL SBB website @UCL_SBB