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Founded in 2003, A Long Walk Home, Inc. is a 501 (c) non-profit that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women. A Long Walk Home features the testimonies and art by survivors and their allies in order to provide safe and entertaining forums through which the public can learn about healing from and preventing gender violence.
The history of A Long Walk Home is based on the story of sisters and co-founders Scheherazade and Salamishah Tillet. Salamishah was sexually assaulted as a teenager;and in 1998, Scheherazade began to photo document the impact of sexual assault on Salamishah’s life, launching the Story of A Rape Survivor (SOARS) multimedia performance for college youth leaders and administrators. Building on this model of art, activism, and education, in 2003 the sisters founded A Long Walk Home, expanding the programming to include the Girl/Friends Leadership Institute and comprehensive teen dating and sexual violence preventation programs for teen girls in underserved communities in Chicago.
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