Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor National Tour
Organized by: Michael Broussard
Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivor Michael Broussard's interactive show "Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor" has been widely praised by mental health professionals, his fellow survivors, and supporters. Dr. Elizabeth Dale Blair said, "As a psychologist who treats survivors of childhood sexual abuse, I would highly recommend this show to anyone who struggles with the emotional aftermath of these traumas."
Clinician Megan L. Doyle of SOAR (Survivors of Abuse in Recovery) called the show "a powerful and moving testimonial to the impact of childhood sexual abuse throughout a lifetime" and added, "I would love to see the show reach a larger audience to empower and educate a broader community."
You can see more testimonials at http://sexabusesurvivor.com/testimonials/
Broussard has recently returned from a month of "Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor" performances all up and down the East Coast, including stops in Atlanta, GA, Asheville, NC, Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, Wilmington, DE, Brooklyn, NY, Somerville, MA, Brattleboro, VT, and Troy, NY.
Planning for the next part of the National Tour is underway, with hopes of visiting cities all across the country. The more money that can be raised, the more survivors can be reached with the show's message of hope and healing, and the more non-survivors can be educated about childhood sexual abuse and its impact.
The show itself is a unique mix of storytelling, audience participation and improvisation. Unlike the typical format of placing a talkback segment at the end of the performance, Broussard actually sprinkles these segments throughout the show. He tells a little of his story, then invites the audience to have their say, then tells a little more, and so on. He also allows audience feedback to impact the way he tells his story. The shape of the next chapter after each break is influenced by the input from that break. Thus each performance becomes a conversation between performer and audience.
And while the show is fairly intense and sometimes dark in nature, it also includes a healthy amount of humor and, ultimately, a very positive, empowering and triumphant message of hope and healing.
Past performances have seen survivors opening up for the first time about their abuse, sharing their personal stories, and receiving powerful support from everyone around them. These shows are about creating a safe space where this difficult topic can be discussed and where we can all learn.