What is Real Stories Gallery
Real Stories Gallery Foundation employs the arts & storytelling to raise awareness of sexual violence directed at pediatric & adolescent males and the devastating physical, psychological and social consequences for male survivors. Survivors embedded in distinct localities around the world are employing today's technologies to share their empirical knowledge, compassion and ingenuity. Together they are guiding their peers across generations and geographical borders, to places that are safer for them to grow up in and to live as adult male survivors. Survivors whose lives have been changed forever by sexualized violence, the international sex trades and the devastating consequences of living with HIV/AIDS, are raising the quality of their lives and advocating for their peers still left behind in abusive and destructive environments.
Our Initiatives Include
Real Stories Gallery.
An art & poetry initiative raising awareness of the devastating consequences of HIV/AIDS for Male Survivors of Sexualized Violence.
Show Me Your Life.
An international online survivor-led and peer-mentored art program.
An art installation raising awareness of the sexual exploitation & sex trafficking of pediatric & adolescent.
A safe house art program for young males survivors of sexualized violence.
A collaborative initiative with male survivors across generations. Adult survivors reading poetry created by sexually exploited adolescent males.
Just Before The Cure: The Story Of A Safe House.
A screenplay created by Male Survivors of Sexual Violence; raising awareness of the sexual exploitation and sex-trafficking of boys.
When sexually exploited pediatric and adolescent males have access to safe houses to grow up in, it is easier for the survivors to access appropriate & consistent medical care and support, and to explore whether he would like to adhere to and find ways to cope with powerful medical regimes that he will have to take for the rest of his life. Currently there is no cure for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Controlling and treating HIV and Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) defining infections, diseases and cancers can be a spectacularly traumatic experience for pediatric and adolescent patients who do not have a safe & supportive house to live in.
When a young male survivor has access to survivor-led and peer-mentored art program, it is easier for him to feel that it is safer for him to share his story; find the energy to explore who he is and the will to visualize and reach for who he would like to be. Art & poetry and storytelling are significant tools for young male survivors.