Se puede superar una agresión sexual

Por: Ely Acevedo Denis 30/04/2012 8:00 pm
Una constante en muchas mujeres víctimas de agresión sexual es que no iniciaron su recorrido por el proceso de recuperación hasta que no volvieron a tener poder y control de sí mismas.

Learn more about Sexual assault in Puerto Rico, its impact and who is at the forefront of the anti-violence movement. Check me out in the NEWS NotiCel from Puerto Rico! This a great article about Sexual Assault in the country.

En conversación con NotiCel, Dayanara Marte, quién es sobreviviente de una agresión sexual y fundó recientemente la organización In Bold Rebirth en Nueva York, expuso que la mayoría de las víctimas de agresión sexual primeramente están “sin voz” y “sin poder”. El miedo y esa sensación de impotencia en muchas instancias las hace permanecer en un círculo de sufrimiento silente, que no sanará hasta que se sienta preparada para externalizar y vivir ese dolor.
Por: Ely Acevedo Denis 30/04/2012 8:00 pm

Translation: In conversation with NotiCel, Dayanara Marte, who is a survivor of sexual assault and recently founded the organization In Bold Rebirth in New York, said that most sexual assault victims are “voiceless” and “powerless”. The fear and sense of powerlessness in many instances makes them stand in a cycle of silent suffering, that will not heal until they are ready to externalize the trauma and work the pain.


Let’s Hold Out Hope to Young Women in South Bronx

By Dr. Sharon Ufberg

WeNews commentatorSharon Ufberg

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A holistic healing and training center that provides a beacon of hope to young women in the South Bronx is in trouble. Private funding has dried up and volunteers are struggling to keep it going.

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)–Casa Atabex Ache, La Casa del Poder de la Mujer is what it’s called by the women who run it and are served by it. The name is a blend of their African, Latina and indigenous roots.

Casa means home in Spanish and acknowledges Latina ancestry.

Atabex is the representation of a goddess well known to an indigenous Taino Puerto Rican community.

Ache means power in the Nigerian Yoruba dialect.

The merged words from different languages reflect the heritages of the women being served. Many are a long way from any sense of home and have survived troubled childhoods in foster homes and struggling families.

For such young women, this group represents hope. In English, La Casa del Poder del la Mujer is called “The House of Women’s Power.”

However, the Casa lost the last of its private foundation funding this year, like many small nonprofits, and the organization founded in 1987 has been struggling for survival.

Housed in a donated basement space of an apartment building, Casa is the only center in the South Bronx, N.Y., to offer a safe space for young women and girls to share their stories, heal from trauma, receive training and feel empowered to move up and out of the cycle of violence and poverty. About 25 women of all ages come to it monthly for self healing circles and programs. Some enjoy healing medicinal rites from their families’ traditional communities.

Well Known Identity

The South Bronx’s identity as the poorest and most marginalized community in the country is well known. Addiction, mental illness, violence and poverty surround housing projects, hospitals, mental health facilities and churches.

Mott Haven, Casa’s neighborhood, claims the highest rates of teen pregnancy and infant mortality in the state, according to the New York Department of Health Services. It’s in the poorest congressional district in the country, in New York’s northern borough of the Bronx, named the state’s “unhealthiest” county by the University of Wisconsin in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Casa’s Executive Director Dayanarna Marte and two staffers continue to work without pay. Because of their commitment to the organization and its mission, they each have gone back to school to get advance degrees and training so they are better equipped to rebuild Casa’s infrastructure and pursue strategic goals.

Starting out at Casa Atabex as an intern in 1998, Marte and the other volunteer staffers are continuing programming and workshops they run with the help of volunteer organizers and healers in the community.

Teen mothers lead workshops for other teen moms in a program called “Rooted in the Heart,” an offshoot of an earlier Yo Tengo Fuerza project that targeted 12 to 18 year old girls.

“Yo Tengo Fuerza: I Have Power–Young Womyn Healing, Transforming and Being Free” is Casa Atabex Ache’s moving documentary. It tells the story of three young women, the abuse, violence and neglect they face at school, within their own families or in foster care and their journey to self heal through their involvement in programming at Casa Atabex Ache.

The movie came out of a pilot leadership training program in 2008 and demonstrates how much can be accomplished in a short span of time.


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Global Medicine Review is a talk show program hosted by Dr. Kamau Kokayi and Faybiene Miranda dedicated to exploring topics of interest in medicine, health, culture and healing. The show airs on WBAI every Wednesday from noon – 1PM. You can download individual shows below or from iTunes. You can also subscribe to our iTunes feed and get the show automatically downloaded to iTunes or to your mp3 player.

Dr. Kokayi and his guests, Julie Novas and Dayanara Marte discuss the tools needed to aid in the empowerment of women. Julie Novas talks of the inception of  and of the methods of healing of Casa Abatex Ache. Dayanara Marte also discusses the bond that is shared by the women of Casa as they Establish that Casa Atabex Ache is a unique place where woman can heal and be supported.

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Exposing the secrecy of child sexual

abuse in the Latino community

By Robert WaddellSiempre, 30 November 2004.

For the full article please click on the link

On a community and grassroots level, organizations have tried to deal with this social problem, attempting to reach out to educate and inform communities.

Casa Atabex Ache, a South Bronx woman’s collective and healing circle, located on 140th Street between Brook and Willis avenues, has already kicked off their year-long campaign to fight child sexual abuse. To the

women of Casa, in their experiences dealing with women and issues surrounding domestic violence, body image and self-esteem, the issue of child sexual abuse continually comes up.

Dayanara Marte and Julie Novas, the child sexual abuse campaign organizers, are themselves survivors of abuse.

“One of the major contributing factors is the level of silence and secrecy,” said Novas, “because of cultural taboos and stereotypes – not airing the family’s dirty laundry, keeping things to yourself. People don’t go out for help; that’s seen as a sign of weakness.”

They see that the abuse can lead to larger problems like bulimia, anorexia and women cutting themselves; this one incident in a child’s life could grow into a larger host of problems. With Casa Atabex Ache’s efforts, they hope to educate women and the public about the dangers of this awful phenomenon and its outcome. They said that coming from child sexual abuse, they want to cure the hurt, undo the damage and prevent child sexual abuse from ever happening again. Through education, forums and teach-ins, Marte and Novas hope to shine a bright, hot light on this subject that has remained in the shadows for too long.

“Many of the young women we have in the neighborhood have told us their stories,” said Marte. “Whether it’s that they come home from school alone and the only person taking care of them is their mom’s boyfriend or their dad, the way violence has played out in their family translates into these young women having very low self-esteem.”

While the Casa Atabex Ache teach-in campaign goes on, Nigerian-born filmmaker Adebanjo will document the causes and dangers of child sexual abuse. In conjunction with Casa, Adebanjo wants to put a face onto the social cancer of child sexual abuse.

The issue of child sexual abuse could be compared to a young homosexual coming out of the closet. The internal pressure and societal norms can be so great that victims of abuse stay in a kind of closet where they are afraid to reveal to the world that something horrible happened to them. They fear humiliation and retaliation if they step forward.

“[The trauma] manifests in many ways,” said Adebanjo. “Someone can become withdrawn and not want to be touched, or they don’t look at themselves as sexual beings; others become really sexual thinking that that’s the way to get the attention they need. If you’re in school, you’re not able to concentrate. You’re not thinking: ‘I need to get good grades. I need to study.’ You’re just worried about being beaten, being raped. It manifests in the choices you make, in your community, in your relationships.”


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