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Breaking the Silence: Sexual Assault in the Muslim Community

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hosted by the Domestic Violence Prevention Program at ACCESS

Sexual assault crosses all cultural and religious boundaries, including the Muslim one. Join us for a FREE screening of “Breaking Silence”, an award-winning documentary that explores sexual assault within Muslim communties. Following the screening, there will be a facilitated discussion on sexual assault and the role of community prevention. Panelists include Layla Elabed, Aishah Gulam, and Sheerin Siddique.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Please join us on April 12th for this much-needed discussion to help raise awareness, provide solutions, and make our community safer.

Speaker Biographies:
Layla Elabed is a program coordinator for the Sexual Assault Prevention program at ACCESS. She works to create a social change movement around social and cultural gender norms to increase gender equity and prevent intimate partner violence and sexual assault against women and girls within the Arab and Muslim community in Michigan.

Aishah Gulam is the Director of Development for Muslim Mental Health. For over three years, she has been a victim advocate for sexual abuse and trafficking through numerous organizations such as Vista Maria and the Michigan Task Force. She has over five years of experience with educational program management for immigrant-based and low income student populations as the Director of Operations at Stem.Org (company name) servicing schools and organizations across Metro Detroit. Ms. Gulam is also poet and writer featured in articles on sexual abuse in the Muslim community.

Sheerin Siddique is a Michigan-licensed attorney in the greater Detroit metropolitan area and a blogger at http://www.echoesofhervoice.com/, in which she recounts her personal experience of abuse to heal, educate and inspire other survivors to speak out against the injustice and violence against women. She is an activist and heads the Violence Against Women committee for Women’s March Michigan. Ms. Siddique also publicly speaks on behalf of local organizations on issues relating to women’s issues, sexual assault and domestic violence and recently spoke at the anniversary Women’s March – Michigan on Lansing.


April 12
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Emily Clancy


Annex at the Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126 United States
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