Empower survivors to tell their stories for the purpose of preservation of the memory of the genocide, and to raise awareness about the crime of genocide
Contribute to the scholarship of genocide crimes and post-genocide rehabilitation and support services for survivors
Fight against genocide denial
Create and strengthen a collective voice to advocate on behalf of fellow survivors
To achieve these goals, the GSSN will continue to partner with academic and education institutions, performance art centers and other community supporters, particularly in the fields of trauma healing and recovery, to deliver a series of trainings to help survivors develop skills to strengthen their ability share their personal experiences with family, friends, and the public
The last phase of genocide is denial, which includes deliberate and elaborate attempts by perpetrators of genocide to distance themselves from the crime of genocide and their actions, by denying that they committed any crime, and often by blaming the victims for their own suffering.
For survivors, genocide denial is a continuation of deliberate acts by perpetrators to prolong survivors’ suffering by subjecting them to perpetuate mental and emotional torture.
Unfortunately, without a counter voice from genocide survivors and other concerned citizens, genocide perpetrators and their allies will continue to minimize, trivialize, and deny the genocide. It is therefore our duty to empower survivors to find their voice and share their experiences to protect the integrity of this historical event and also use the “sharing” experience for personal and collective healing.
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