Jay Gordon Wright Releases New Digital Concert Series
in Support of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres
Canadian singer/songwriter Jay Gordon Wright has launched a new online concert series in support of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC). You Are A Star is a series of seven monthly episodes, each featuring his own original songs performed entirely by Wright. Across the episodes, 25 songs will be featured and performed “live” by Wright using his home-based production studio. An album is also in the works as part of the project, drawing on the featured songs. The free online concerts are being presented as a way to draw attention to the cause and to encourage sponsors to help support the OCRCC.
YASS exists to draw attention to the positive support required by survivors of sexual assault.
Drawing upon the healing power of art, we strive to become and gently remain a fixture in public awareness.
We will direct awareness and public donations to organizations that that provide support to survivors of sexual assault, and we will provide opportunities for artists to be agents of healing and positive change.
HOW TO HELP
Want to help support the project? From sharing resources, to making a donation or coming on as a sponsor, there's a way for anyone who is interested to get involved.
The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres is made up of over 30 English speaking crisis centres in Ontario, Canada. Visit their website to find support in your community.
You Are a Star is dedicated to helping raise awareness and funds for the
Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)
A MESSAGE FROM
JAY GORDON WRIGHT
Sadly, the odds are that we all know someone who is a sexual assault survivor – I know I do. Sexual assault is pervasive; not only in that it is a frequent occurrence in our society, but also because it can dominate the existence of a survivor.
Awareness has been raised for the frequency and severity of such incidents; we have seen high-profile criminal cases in Canada and internationally, and as a society we have grown more receptive to survivors who come forward. This awareness is a positive development, but further awareness is needed. Often, media and social media portray such a situation as a criminal or a civil matter -- the conversation turns to restitution.
While the criminal and civil dynamics are necessary, they are not sufficient. Viewing an incident of sexual assault purely as a criminal matter centres the discussion on the perpetrator, and frames the survivor as a victim. Viewing the same incident as a civil matter can have the effect of putting a price tag on sexual assault and allows for the perpetuation of the cash-in myth. Neither paradigm addresses the needs of the survivor.
This is the further awareness that is needed: that the consequences of sexual assault live long in the survivor.
If you are a survivor of sexual assault and would like to share your story on our website or Instagram you can submit anonymously through our Community Page.
The more we share, the more we can work to break down misconceptions and show other survivors that they are not alone.
Want to make a donation to the
OCRCC? You can do so directly via Canada Helps - just follow the
You Are A Star episode 2 goes live on Sunday February 14th - what better way to spend Valentines than a free live concert with your special someone? Watch live via Jay Gordon Wright's Facebook page, and afterwards be sure to visit our Voice Your Choice page to cast your vote for your favourite song.