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Brain Café: Secrets and Silence

May 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


One out of four girls and one out of six boys in the US will be sexually abused before they turn eighteen. 90% of the victims will know their abuser. The topic of child sexual abuse is fraught with taboos in our society and the fear of addressing the subject is part of the problem. In this Brain Café, two women will share their stories of overcoming these experiences.

Angelique Webster, a filmmaker and educator, will share her short film Respect and Love, in which a survivor of childhood trauma sits down with her mother 30 years later to gain insight on how those experiences have shaped her mother’s life.

Kiara Butler, the Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Talks, will share her inspiring story of overcoming childhood abuse and how her experiences as a survivor have led her to become a role model for others.

A discussion with the audience will follow the presentations. A licensed clinician will be on hand for additional support as needed.

This Brain Café series is part of Everett Company’s research and development process in creating a new work, entitled Good Grief, which will premiere at Brown University in October 2018.

Brain Cafés have been made possible through major funding from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

This Event is free and open to the public!

 Angelique Webster is a filmmaker and educator who graduated from Lincoln University in 1996 and received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2018. Since 2003, she has worked with community members to use media as a tool to share their stories.


Kiara Butler is the CEO and Co-Founder of Diversity Talks, a nascent, Rhode Island-based training company, which provides K-12 school districts, higher education institutions community based organizations, and corporations with student-led professional development grounded in the cultural competencies of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Butler is a strong advocate for student voice and in her current work, she focuses on bringing the voices of marginalized groups to the forefront. Because of her advocacy, she has been recognized for her work in various capacities.  

Originally from Mississippi – a state known for holding biases, bigotry, and racism – Butler is a graduate of the state’s K12 public education system.  When a K12 student in Mississippi, she did not believe educators were aware that the lack of inclusivity of all races, religions, and cultures had a connection between students feeling marginalized and low student performance.  Today, her experiences as a student remain the driving force behind her commitment as a change agent transforming K12 public education.

Butler has obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Career Oriented Humanities with an emphasis in African American Studies from the prestigious Tougaloo College and became a member of the Gamma Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Butler also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Belhaven University.

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Brain Cafés have been made possible through major funding from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.


May 10, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Aaron Jungels


9 Duncan Ave
9 Duncan Ave
Providence, RI 02906 United States
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