I am a survivor of sexual abuse. When I told my friend Adrija about it, she told me about her idea of The Circle. Together we approached two others, Jo and Mitali and started our organisation in our college classroom. We all discovered that we had been abused and wished to provide a safe space – something we wish we had when we were being hurt – for everyone in need.
We start with introducing a topic and asking what people understand by it. Then we start explaining the topic through videos and group activities. Depending on the topic we decide at which point of time should we have a sharing circle where everyone is able to share their stories or raise questions.
People are able to draw parallels to their lives own lives. They also hear stories of strangers which cuts down the judgment which they would otherwise engage in with their friends or family members. They can see and understand issues in a more fun and unbiased setting.
People are curious and usually come to our sessions wanting to help friends or family members. Their curiosity is what made us expand the bandwidth of The Circle and introduce ourselves to topics and subject matters that we were unaware of.
I believe that I am a good speaker, confident over my subject matter. I am able to dodge insensitive questions and make a person understand as to why what they just said could be offensive towards someone.