Anthologies of Hope

Conversations Cafe: Abuse, Consent, & Agency

May 1st, 2019  •  1 hr 28 mins  •  Download (81.3 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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This was a very special Conversations Cafe event dedicated to Abuse, Consent, & Agency - in honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

In this episode, emceed by Carl Evans, Director of Programming for Hope for the Day, we combine past formats for Conversations Cafe where we feature education segments to raise the visibility of resources from community partners, including YWCA of Chicago and Porchlight Counseling Services, interspersed with performance pieces from talented members of our local community, to talk about the intersections between abuse in all of its forms, sexual assault, mental health, and self-expression.

In between the excellent education pieces and audience discussion, our live performances include some powerful spoken word poetry from Natalie Dykema. Wrapping up the night, we close it out with a powerful performance from Alex Subak, founder of the Be Victorious Project. After you hear the performance, you will definitely want to check out for more information on their mission to provide resources and support to people who have experienced or are experiencing intimate partner violence and their loved ones.

As always, you can find future Conversations Cafe events at, Hope for the Day or Sip of Hope’s Facebook pages, or just check in to Sip of Hope on the third Wednesday of every month!