A local advocacy group makes their voices heard through shocking and heart-wrenching performances that are sure to make their message known.
We followed S(he) Will Fade , a group of young men and women united in standing up against sexual violence, for the last three months to document their process on tackling the issue of sexual violence. What we found amazed us.
They are a group of brave souls willing to stand up for what they believe in.
The group was started by Florida Gulf Coast University alumni, Megan Shindler, and has since been continued by other FGCU students working towards spreading awareness of sexual assault to the world. They are performers and activists who perform eye-opening and heartfelt artistic showcases with a heavy message that sexual abuse happens and is often silenced, but this group is speaking up and telling the stories they want you to hear.
S(he) Will Fade is spelled with parenthesis because the group recognizes that not all victims are female. In our time with S(he) Will Fade we saw a bond between the members unlike any other.
“Everyone who I love most in the world I met through this movement,” said Olivia Curatalo, a performer and dancer for the group. Curatalo said the showcases consist of everything from transcripts to dancing and paintings.
“We’re kind of like oral historians of sorts” said Ethnographer Victoria Blair, “S(he) Will Fade is an artistic outlet for survivors and allies alike.” As an ethnographer, Blair meets with victims of sexual assault and, with their permission, creates a transcript to perform at their events, based on the real stories of harassment.
I choked up a few times listening to the intense performances the group made as they are meant to shock the audience and make people aware of how often and in how many different scenarios this type of abuse occurs.
We have seen this issue a lot in the news with the hashtag #MeToo on social media and the mounting cases on Hollywood figures.
“It’s giving a voice for the voiceless,” said Allie Taylor, publicist, performer and activist for S(he) Will Fade, “the end goal is to tell people that you’re not a victim, you fought through this and you’re a survivor.”
They are an inspiring group of young performers who are unafraid to share an ugly truth to society in a way that is artistic and meaningful is a refreshing form of protest that is effective in spreading awareness of this societal issue.
The performance will be held at Veteran’s Pavilion on campus at Florida Gulf Coast University on Wednesday December 6. Doors open at 6:30 and the event starts at 7pm. Hot coffee will be available. Bring your own chair (BYOC).
Proceeds will go to Selah Freedom, a national anti-sex trafficking organization. A suggested donation of $2 is asked but no admission fee is required.