CSASS and Survivor’s Knitwork got together on Saturday 25th May 2016 in at Alexander’s to knit squares for an enormous purple scarf as part of a national campaign to support people who have survived or are surviving sexual violence.
Survivor’s Knitwork is a survivor led UK wide arts project which began in winter 2014-15 and will end with a multi-media installation in January 2017.
It’s centrepiece is a giant scarf of knitted squares, created by sexual abuse survivors and their allies across the UK. The symbolism of the scarf, or comfort, and also the hidden nature of abuse, is inspired by the work of Dr Nina Burrowes, cartoon psychologist.
Fabia Bates, Director of Survivors’ Network described the value of the project: ‘For many survivors the idea of being put in a situation where they have to talk can be enormously pressurised. The opportunity to come together in a supportive atmosphere, doing something practical and creative, can be a crucial first step in their healing journey’.
You can still contribute by sending a purple knitted (or other material) square 20cm x 20cm and it will become part of the scarf which will be exhibited in London and Leeds
To find out more about the project visit The Survivor’s Knitwork website.
Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service offers support, information and free counselling. To make an appointment you can call in confidence during office hours. CSASS are also open on Monday and Wednesday evenings 6-8pm. Call on 0808 284 0484