The 2014 South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault calendar has arrived, and as usual, full of the beautiful work created by participants of the 2013 SECASA Art groups. This year there were three : two for women, and one for parents with their children.
Many participants (and counsellors) discover a creative self they didn’t know existed, whilst others discover a depth to a creative self that had been dormant for years. Most find art and the language of art gives them a way to express what has often been inexpressible through words. As the project artist I am always delighted and moved by the creative journey each participant takes – as well as by the many benefits I see as participants step out of the shadows of loneliness and self-doubt to find companionship and a new self of self through these groups.
I hope you like the calendar. It has become a much loved representation of the year’s creative work and the changes that have happened to the groups’ participants. It is a public acknowledgement of each participant’s experience of sexual assault, as well as a testament to their resilience, creativity, and talents. We put a lot of thought into creating a calendar that is beautiful – it also has the role of inspiring and encouraging others who are perhaps just as a the start of their healing journey. as well as being a daily reminder that help is available to those who have been abused.
Many of the works in this calendar will soon be installed at the Monash Medical Centre, Moorabbin.
It is available through SECASA (see contact details on the back page of the calendar) – but they are popular – so get in quick!