Living Out Loud (LoL) Program Creates an Uplifting, Laughter-Filled, Interactive Experience for Survivors of Sexual Assault

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The Alexandria Office on Women announced the inaugural event of the Living Out Loud (LoL) program: an improvisational comedy workshop for men and women who are survivors of sexual assault. This workshop will be held on October 1, 2006 in Bethesda, Maryland, from 2 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. There is no cost to participants.

The Alexandria Office on Women announced the inaugural event of the Living Out Loud (LoL) program: an improvisational comedy workshop for men and women who are survivors of sexual assault. This workshop will be held on October 1, 2006 in Bethesda, Maryland, from 2 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. There is no cost to participants.

"This Living Out Loud (LoL) workshop is intended for survivors of sexual assault, male or female, who have taken active steps in healing and are ready to explore new experiences in a supportive environment," said Jen McLish, a social worker with the Alexandria Office on Women Sexual Assault Response and Awareness Program. "Many sexual assault centers simply aren't able to provide resources beyond advocacy, support groups, and therapy. We're thrilled to be sponsoring such a unique, creative, and healing experience for the survivor community."

"Living Out Loud (LoL) workshops offer the upbeat and healing benefits of laughter through a shared experience of the performing arts. Whatever the medium -- improv comedy, music-making, art, movement and dance -- all LoL workshops are designed to awaken the mind, warm the heart, and tickle the funny bone," said Andrea Howe, a survivor of sexual assault who is LoL's creative catalyst. "LoL workshops are created by survivors, for survivors, in partnership with performing artists and sexual assault centers, and are designed to be easy to replicate anywhere in the country. Based on my experience of using improv comedy as a part of my own healing process, I have no doubt that participants in this first LoL workshop will have the most fun they've had in a long time, and will remember what it's like to feel completely optimistic and positive about life."

For more information, or to register for the October 1 workshop, contact Jen McLish at 703-838-5030 or visit http://www.alexwomen.com.

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