silence speaks

Sayeeda Carter, left, and Regina Keels, co-writers of the radio series “Silence Speaks, Secrets Revealed” and Women’s Coalition of St. Croix communications coordinator Debra Benjamin speak during a radio interview with Dr. Chenzira Kahina at the University of the Virgin Islands.

The Women’s Coalition of St. Croix’s new 26-episode radio serial and talk shows will premiere on 95.1 – Isle 95 on Tuesday.

The two-minute episodes, featuring the stories of three survivors of child sexual abuse, will continue airing weekly on several local radio stations, and will be made available for streaming as podcasts on WCSC’s website and social media channels.

“Child sexual abuse affects survivors and communities. Education is a key part of prevention efforts and offering support to survivors,” said Clema S. Lewis, executive director of the Coalition.

“Silence Speaks, Secrets Revealed” focuses on the experiences of three young people: a 7-year-old boy, a 16-year-old pageant queen and a 15-year-old girl whose family relocated to St. Croix recently. There will be a live, 30-minute talk show following the first broadcast of each episode on Isle 95.

Sayeeda Carter and Regina Keels collaborated on the scripts for “Silence Speaks, Secrets Revealed.” Carter said, “This is a project that really touches me. Having been an educator for 25 years and having children tell me their stories. I thought it was just the most important work we could be doing at this moment.” The writers are also educators at a high school on St. Croix. Keels was named Teacher of the Year for 2018.

WCSC assisted 426 survivors of sexual violence last year, including those who experienced child sexual abuse, child pornography and sex trafficking.