Survivors’ stories of sexual assault are foc...

Survivors’ stories of sexual assault are focus of event at MTSU

Two sexual assault survivors will tell their stories at MTSU Wednesday, April 18, in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“Written on the Body” book cover“Written on the Body: A Conversation with Survivors of Sexual Assault” is set for 3 to 4 p.m. April 18 at the MT Center in the Sam Ingram Building, 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd. in Murfreesboro. The event is free and open to the public.

A parking map is available at, and off-campus visitors attending the lectures can obtain a special one-day permit at

Lexie Bean and Alex Valdes, two writers featured in the anthology “Written on the Body: Letters from Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence,” will read their work and speak with audience members about their experiences.

Valdes, a Brooklyn, New York, native, is an experimental musician and performance artist. Bean is a writer and performer based in Queens, New York, and also served as editor of the book.

“Written on the Body” is their third anthology of letters people have written to their body parts. Much of their work revolves around such themes as bodies, homes and cyclical violence.

The “Written on the Body” discussion is sponsored by the Virginia Peck Foundation Trust Fund, MTSU Write, the University Writing Center, the Department of English, the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, the Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center, The Lavinia Project and the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center of Murfreesboro.

For more information, contact Amie Whittemore, an MTSU English department lecturer, at 615-898-2573 or

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