This next Forgiveness Conversation will explore how we talk about sexual violence. It will examine the role of forgiveness as an act of personal self-preservation and consider the impact of speaking your story publicly.
Madeleine Black, a counsellor and Forgiveness Project storyteller, will share her personal experience in conversation with Dr Nina Burrowes, a psychologist and writer on the subject of sexual violence. This event will be chaired by The Forgiveness Project founder, Marina Cantacuzino.
Madeleine Black now lives with her family in Glasgow but grew up in London in the late 1970s. It was here as a young teenager that she was a victim of rape. In 2014, having come to terms with how the trauma has shaped her life, she decided to share her story publically for the first time. In her recently published book Unbroken: One Woman’s Journey to Rebuild a Life Shattered by Violence Madeleine manages to transform a brutal and traumatic story into one of meaning and hope.
Dr Nina Burrowes helps people understand the psychology of sexual violence – why it happens, how it affects people and what we can do to prevent it. A regular trainer of investigators, barristers and judges, Nina is the author of ‘The courage to be me’, ‘Eyes open to sexual abuse. What every parent needs to know’ and a founder of The Clear Lines Festival and The Consent Collective.
Immediately after the Conversation at St Ethelburga’s we’ll be offering a reflective space to listen and continue the conversation for those who wish.