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Trigger Warning: This program contains information about sexual violence that may be difficult for some participants to hear. Click here to find campus, regional, and national resources available to anyone who may need support.
Sil Lai Abrams '21 is a gender-violence activist and public survivor of sexual violence whose story of victimization by hip-hop legend Russell Simmons and EXTRA correspondent A.J. Calloway, and the subsequent cover-up by a major media conglomerate, were broken by The Hollywood Reporter editor-at-large Kim Masters '76 in the summer of 2018. Abrams is also a primary subject in the 2020 HBO Max documentary “On the Record” (directed by Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick of “The Hunting Ground” and “The Invisible War” acclaim), which detailed the trauma Black women survivors face when they come forward with accusations of assault.
In this discussion, moderated by NPR arts and culture reporter Neda Ulaby ’95, Abrams and Masters explore the challenges faced by those who come forward to accuse powerful men of sexual violence and how media gatekeeping determines why specific narratives are suppressed, especially those of Black women and other women of color. This event is a unique opportunity to gain an inside look at the politics around the process and implications of the public disclosure of sexual assault.