Welcome to the StoryTelling & Organizing Project

Here you will find audio clips and transcripts from some of STOP's stories. You will also find information about our project partners, discussion questions and resources for using STOP stories in your own work to intervene in interpersonal violence, as well as information on how to get involved in the project.

Harm Free Zone Collects a Story

Welcome to the StoryTelling & Organizing Project

Here you will find audio clips and transcripts from some of STOP’s stories.  You will also find information about our project partners, discussion questions and resources for using STOP stories in your own work to intervene in interpersonal violence, as well as information on how to get involved in the project.  This website is a work in progress, so we hope that you will send us ideas and comments about how you’re using the website and what you’d like to see included.

We hope that this website will encourage you to use these story clips, share your own stories, and imagine new ways that we can stop violence everyday.

Using Stories

We want to keep you updated on how people and organizations are using the stories from this website in their work.  If you want to share ways you’ve used these stories, please drop us a line!

Critical Resistance Study Group

Critical Resistance Oakland recently started a study group on Community Accountability so we can continue to deepen our understanding of what approaches people are taking to collectively intervene in harm without using imprisonment or policing.   As a part of this project, we decided to listen to a story from the Story Telling and Organizing Project each time we meet, to look at the dynamic, creative, and organic ways that communities come together to address various types of violence.  Read More…

Recent Stories

When a highly respected drumming instructor invited from Korea sexually assaults a woman at a Korean American cultural center, the members of the organization come together to respond. Liz tells the story from her perspective as the president of the organization at the time and highlights the complex dynamics of the intervention. While emphasizing that she thinks they “did the right thing”, she also details how the intervention resulted in broken relationships between some members.

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Cultural Center Confronts Sexual Violence (Liz)

When a highly respected drumming instructor invited from Korea sexually assaults a woman at a Korean American cultural center, the members of the organization come together to respond. Liz tells the story from her perspective as the president of the organization at the time and highlights the complex dynamics of the intervention. While emphasizing that she thinks they “did the right thing”, she also details how the intervention resulted in broken relationships between some members.

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Thinking About Cultural Center Confronts Sexual Violence (Liz)

How did KYCC react to the possibility of violence being used as a response to violence?  What were your thoughts about this?

How did KYCC’s member who was sexually assaulted feel and how did the organization try to address her personal needs and the overall needs of the organization?

What are your thoughts about how Liz, the storyteller, felt like she had to balance her role as a KYCC staff member while at the same time being a friend to the person who was sexually assaulted?

Does this story challenge the way we usually define a “successful” outcome or response to violence? How so?

Do you think there were any risks involved in Liz’s decisions?

Did the legal system play a role in this story?  If so, at what point did people choose to engage with the legal system and were there any limits to what the legal system could provide?

How was this experience transformative for Liz and what other forms of transformation did the story talk about?

Does the story share any ideas or strategies that are helpful for violence prevention? How can these ideas or strategies be useful for our own groups?

When a highly respected drumming instructor invited from Korea sexually assaults a woman at a Korean American cultural center, the members of the organization come together to respond. Liz tells the story from her perspective as the president of the organization at the time and highlights the complex dynamics of the intervention. While emphasizing that she thinks they “did the right thing”, she also details how the intervention resulted in broken relationships between some members.

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Cultural Center Confronts Sexual Violence (Liz) Transcript

When a highly respected drumming instructor invited from Korea sexually assaults a woman at a Korean American cultural center, the members of the organization come together to respond. Liz tells the story from her perspective as the president of the organization at the time and highlights the complex dynamics of the intervention. While emphasizing that she thinks they “did the right thing”, she also details how the intervention resulted in broken relationships between some members.

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Cultural Center Confronts Sexual Violence (Liz) Transcript

Laying out a range of factors to consider, Isaac discusses why he and friends called a community organization rather than police when another friend is in crisis.

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Relying on Community Organizations instead of the Police (Isaac) Transcript

Laying out a range of factors to consider, Isaac discusses why he and friends called a community organization rather than police when another friend is in crisis.

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Relying on Community Organizations instead of the Police (Isaac) Transcript
Laying out a range of factors to consider, Isaac discusses why he and friends called a community organization rather than police when another friend is in crisis.

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Relying on Community Organizations instead of the Police (Isaac) Transcript

When a highly respected drumming instructor invited from Korea sexually assaults a woman at a Korean American cultural center, the members of the organization come together to respond. Liz tells the story from her perspective as the president of the organization at the time and highlights the complex dynamics of the intervention. While emphasizing that she thinks they “did the right thing”, she also details how the intervention resulted in broken relationships between some members.

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Cultural Center Confronts Sexual Violence (Liz) Transcript

When a highly respected drumming instructor invited from Korea sexually assaults a woman at a Korean American cultural center, the members of the organization come together to respond. Liz tells the story from her perspective as the president of the organization at the time and highlights the complex dynamics of the intervention. While emphasizing that she thinks they “did the right thing”, she also details how the intervention resulted in broken relationships between some members.

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Cultural Center Confronts Sexual Violence (Liz) Transcript

Building a Harm Free Zone in Durham, NC

The Harm Free Zone Organizing Committee discusses using stories to inform and shape their work.

At the request of the storyteller, certain names have been omitted.