1 hr 2 min

Ep 31: Love WITH Accountability w Aishah Shahidah Simmons Unbroken Chain Podcast

    • Society & Culture

Aishah Shahidah Simmons is a black feminist lesbian activist and documentary filmmaker devoted to ending sexual violence without relying on the criminal justice system. A survivor of child sexual abuse at the hands of a family member, her latest project is an anthology arriving fall 2019 called “Love WITH Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse,” which includes transformative storytelling by 40 diasporic black voices. Her 2006 film, ‘NO! The Rape Documentary,’ broke taboos that hid heterosexual rape and sexual assault in African-American communities and continues to be used as a teaching tool around the world. In this conversation she puts films like ‘Leaving Neverland’ and ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ into context, exploring the cult of family, enabler culture, and America’s foundational lineage of rape. She shares her personal experience with sexual assault and the practices that have helped her navigate the deep and challenging work of learning to hold herself and her loved ones accountable for the harm they have caused in order to break deep cycles of suffering. You can read and watch more of Aishah’s work at www.notherapedocumentary.org and www.lovewithaccountability.com, and connect with her on instagram @afrolez. More podcasts where podcasts are found and at maurajames.com. [“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” - Nina Simone]

Aishah Shahidah Simmons is a black feminist lesbian activist and documentary filmmaker devoted to ending sexual violence without relying on the criminal justice system. A survivor of child sexual abuse at the hands of a family member, her latest project is an anthology arriving fall 2019 called “Love WITH Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse,” which includes transformative storytelling by 40 diasporic black voices. Her 2006 film, ‘NO! The Rape Documentary,’ broke taboos that hid heterosexual rape and sexual assault in African-American communities and continues to be used as a teaching tool around the world. In this conversation she puts films like ‘Leaving Neverland’ and ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ into context, exploring the cult of family, enabler culture, and America’s foundational lineage of rape. She shares her personal experience with sexual assault and the practices that have helped her navigate the deep and challenging work of learning to hold herself and her loved ones accountable for the harm they have caused in order to break deep cycles of suffering. You can read and watch more of Aishah’s work at www.notherapedocumentary.org and www.lovewithaccountability.com, and connect with her on instagram @afrolez. More podcasts where podcasts are found and at maurajames.com. [“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” - Nina Simone]

1 hr 2 min