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The Stolen Voices Project

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Published on Feb 22, 2014

All proceeds of the sale of the song go to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, supporting rape survivors with their 24-hour hotline, 24-hour medical advocacy, individual and group counseling, and legal advocacy, as well as community awareness and prevention services.

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The Stolen Voices Project is an awareness and healing project surrounding the issue of acquaintance rape. The project was written and directed by Maverick, a singer/songwriter at Berklee College of Music and lead vocalist for the all-female rock band, Flight of Fire.

More about the project:

I was inspired to create The Stolen Voices project after hearing the stories of so many of my friends over the years who had suffered through being manipulated and coerced into having sex against their will, and after having gone through numerous situations like this myself. The commonality between so many of these stories was that although so many of them fit the legal definition of rape, very few of us knew what to call what had happened to us. Because it did not fit the cliché (and actually comparatively uncommon) image of a stranger leaping out of the bushes and attacking, we felt as if the traumatic, non-consensual experience that we had endured was not "real" rape. It was only until I was educated about the realities of sexual assault and rape that I began to understand why these events in my past had destroyed me so thoroughly. After sharing my stories with friends, and so often getting similar stories in return, I decided to try to do something about it - to try to create change trough the power of music. For survivors of rape, my wish is to save other victims from feeling the guilt and shame that my friends and I had, and to help them put the blame where it belongs. For those who had not been through a sexual assault experience, I hope to empower them to feel free to leave, fight, and report a situation with sexual pressure, regardless of their established relationship with the perpetrator. If I'm very lucky, perhaps I can even educate perpetrators of acquaintance rape and those whose actions support sexual violence about the true damage that is caused by what they do, and help our culture to truly change.

Hoping that the power of music could help raise awareness for both men and women, I organized and recorded 34 vocalists from 5 different Boston area schools, trying to involve as many people as possible with the concept of "women of the world": giving voices to all survivors. There is also a spoken word section, involving performances of 18 people of all genders, including men, which is so important for an issue like this, because rape survivors are not only female -- 1 in 6 men have reported rape, and it can be even more difficult for male survivors to have their voice about what has happened to them, given the intense stigma on male survivors.

The Stolen Voices Project is the product of my passionate feeling that we can all make change if we use our strengths and talents for the good of our world. Our music is our power, and I hope that our voices have reached you.

And to every survivor -- we are standing with you; your voice will be heard.

Like the official Facebook page by visiting https://www.facebook.com/stolenvoices...

Follow Flight of Fire at https://www.facebook.com/FlightofFire

Thank you for your support!

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