Talking about sexual violence in communities

Colombia 2009 © Clement Saccomani

A midwife with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Erika Sawyer spends a lot of time discussing sexual violence with patients and colleagues. She's recently led a series of workshops with staff members from MSF projects—from drivers to cleaners to doctors—where people have the chance to open up, often for the first time, about their personal experiences and beliefs. Therapeutic, empowering, and sometimes maddening, these frank conversations about sexual violence bring a subject often shrouded in secrecy out into the light.