For Immediate Release

Raksha to hold symposium on ending violence in our communities


Thursday, March 4, Atlanta -- Raksha, the Atlanta-based non-profit organization working towards a safer and healthier South Asian community, will hold a weekend of workshops at Agnes Scott College on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13.

The symposium will begin on the evening of March 12 with a reception and a panel discussion on breaking the cycle of violence and community responsibility. The panel will include Grace Poore, the creator of "The Children We Sacrifice," a documentary on incest in the South Asian community, followed by a presentation on Art and Activism led by members of KayaCollective, a local South Asian multi-media performance group.

Raksha will hold a series of workshops on March 13 starting at 9:30 a.m. with a screening of the "The Children We Sacrifice." The workshops will address issues ranging from what men can do to challenge root causes of violence in the community, interactive exercises on individual responsibility in interrupting violence, and an examination of the glorification of violence in Indian Cinema.

"I'm really excited that Raksha has the support and resources to put on the symposium to address these taboo and critical issues that affect our community. We've been trying for many years to bring Grace Poore and Melindah Sharma down to Atlanta. I encourage community members to make time to learn about child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and the community's role in ending this violence," said Aparna Bhattacharyya, Executive Director of Raksha.

What: Raksha Symposium: Ending Violence in Our Communities
When: March 12 (starting at 7 p.m.) and March 13 (Starting at 9:30 a.m.)
Where: Agnes Scott College located at 141 E. College Ave, Decatur GA 30030
Details: Agnes Scott location and directions: www.agnesscott.edu/about/p_mapsdirections.asp
Contact: For more information and to RSVP, please call (404.876.0670) or email [email protected]

Raksha is a Georgia-based nonprofit support and referral network that promotes a stronger and healthier South Asian community through free and confidential direct services, education, community building, and advocacy.


Panels and events will be held at:

Agnes Scott College
141 E. College Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

Agnes Scott location and directions: www.agnesscott.edu/about/p_mapsdirections.asp

For more information and to RSVP, call 404.876.0670 or e-mail [email protected].
Schedule of Events

Friday, March 12th

7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Please RSVP)
Location: Rebekah Scott Hall

Reception & Panel Presentation
Topic: Breaking the Cycle -- Community Responsibility

Panelists include Grace Poore, Creator of "The Children We Sacrifice," A documentary on incest in the South Asian community.

Art and Activism: Performances, spoken word, video screening including introduction by KayaCollective

Food will be provided.


Saturday, March 13th

Starting at 9:30 a.m. Workshops will be held at: New Science Center at Agnes Scott College. Participants can attend any or all sessions.

Session 1: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Screening of "The Children We Sacrifice": A documentary on incest in the South Asian community. Grace Poore will screen "The Children We Sacrifice" and facilitate a discussion.

Session 2: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Challenges, Myths, and Community Responsibility: Beyond Shame, Silence, and Stigma
Tara Peeples, Dekalb Rape Crisis Center -- On Sexual Violence
Aparna Bhattacharyya, Raksha, Inc -- On Domestic/Family Violence
Betsy Ramsey, Consultant & Instructor -- On Stalking

Session 3: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Men Challenging Violence: Shifting the Burden, Changing the Context
Andy Peck, Violence Prevention Coordinator, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Session4: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Interactive Workshop: Telling our Stories through Words and Movement
Alka Roy, Artistic Director and Founding Member -- KayaCollective
An interactive session that invites participants to find, develop and tell their own stories through creative mediums. The emphasis is on exploration and healing.

Session 5: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Community Accountability: Strategies and Solutions to Prevention
Priyanka Sinha, Community Outreach Raksha, Inc.
Reshma Mahendra, MPH, Peer Support Chair, Raksha, Inc.
Nita Patel, MPH, Evaluation Consultant, Raksha Inc.
Ronnie Merchant, Youth Program Coordinator, Raksha Inc.

Session 6: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Celluloid Violence: Glorification of Violence in Desi Cinema
Discussions will explore the role of cinema in our lives, the implied and evident stereotypes reflected, and the challenges in addressing the violence.

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Opening Doors to a Stronger and Healthier South Asian Community
Raksha, Inc.
P.O. Box 12337
Atlanta, Georgia 30355

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