A Signature Truth In Reality Event
*UPDATE* On October 20, 2016, Truth In Reality will host #99Seconds in ten cities across the US. For more information about this special initiative, click here. *UPDATE*
#99Seconds is an event that honors the experiences of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Its name originates from the sobering statistic that in the United States a woman is sexually assaulted every 90 seconds and battered every 9 seconds. By combining these two statistics Truth In Reality is promoting the little known fact that in the U.S. a woman is a victim of gender-based violence one to eleven times every 99 seconds.
#99Seconds aims to break the silence on gender-based violence and to directly tie in how domestic violence and sexual violence are normalized through modern entertainment. #99Seconds gives survivors a space to publicly reframe their experience, moving from victim to survivor and using the event as an opportunity for them to begin Redefining HERstory for themselves. (Please note that male survivors are open to participate and share their stories as well.)
#99Seconds is a turnkey event. The following event materials are provided to hosts by Truth In Reality: video clip, promotional flyer, promotional artwork, run of show, social media guidelines and suggested posts. For additional information on #99Seconds please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to download a comprehensive overview of the #99Seconds event series.
Click here to download a testimonial for #99Seconds.
Redefining HERstory is a campus based educational and social action campaign developed by Truth In Reality, a 501 (c) 3 media advocacy organization. The goal of the program is to challenge students on their existing belief systems around domestic violence and sexual violence and redefine the predominately negative existing media narrative of Black women by using the media messaging on reality television as the basis for this conversation.
Redefining HERstory empowers students with media literacy tools that will enable them to think critically about their media consumption habits; educate them about domestic violence, bullying and sexual violence; expose them to women of color from all walks of life whose achievements have redefined our COLLECTIVE history; and provide them with an opportunity to create and promote their individual real-life counter narratives to the prevailing negative depiction of women of color on reality television.
For more information on how your college or university can join the Redefining HERstory Movement, please click here.
You DON'T have to be a college student to join the Redefining HERstory Movement! Here are the 3 C’s of how you can take action:
1. Commit to not watching violent reality shows featuring cast members comprised predominately of women of color.
2. Co-sign the Truth in Reality pledge & forward to your friends
3. Communicate the message of the Redefining HERstory Movement by joining us on our weekly #RealityTVCheck tweet chats by following us on Twitter at @TruthInReality_ using the hashtag #RedefiningHERstory. These weekly interactive discussions on Twitter engage the larger community in conversations around how we can counter the effects of the media messages on violent reality television shows and take place every Monday night from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET/7:00 pm to 8:00 pm CT.
Join the Truth in Reality team and our followers as we engage in an online dialogue around the violent images and messaging on many of the reality shows featuring casts comprised mainly of women of color. This kind of digital conversation exposes participants to information that can help reshape their individual and collective views on women of color and violence, messaging that motivates them towards social action while exposing them to a variety of voices in women’s empowerment.