"Hope Unchained," bringing hope to victims of sexual assault


POSTED: Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 11:47pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:47am

The East Texas Crisis Center is doing its part to bring hope to those who've fallen victim to sexual assault.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and this year the center is not only informing East Texans about the growing problem, but also bringing hope to victims who have yet to find it.

This year they are hosting a play titled "Hope Unchained." The play tells the incredible true story of assault victim Tanna Barret-Page. Page not only wrote the play, but is also starring in it. She says the play highlights her journey of overcoming the tragic events which took hold of her more than 10 years ago.

In her first few years of college, Page was sexually assaulted. Not only did she become pregnant from the assault, but she also suffered a miscarriage. In the wake of those events, Page struggled to find peace. She says with the help of her family, friends, and places like East Texas Crisis Center, she was able to overcome her tragic past.

Towards the end of 2013, Page decided to take her experience to the stage, in a new play, "Hope Unchained."

She says that the purpose of this play is to bring awareness to the growing problem by showing victims how to rise from the ashes of tragedy.

"Reaching out and finding the people in the community that may be in this situation is something that a lot of woman and men find to be shameful and guilty." Page says, "It's part of what this production is representing; how to overcome the guilt and shame, and allow healing to break through the shadows."

Page says that they are currently in production and are still in need of help. To find out how you can help, visit the Hope Unchained's Facebook page.

Opening day for "Hope Unchained," is Thursday April 24, at the Tyler Civic Theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The play will also be performed at the Crossroad Community Church Saturday April 26, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday April 27 beginning at 2:00 p.m.

To find out more information on how you can help bring awareness to this growing problem, visit the East Texas Crisis Center website.   

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