Actress, Dakota Johnson, has launched a podcast to share the stories of sexual assault survivors.
A year ago, while on stage, Dakota Johnson shared her mobile number, encouraging survivors of sexual violence to get in touch with her to share their stories, anonymous and unedited.
Over the weekend, The Left Ear podcast was launched, detailing the stories she received as a result of her call to action.
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Women and girls in every corner of the world face extreme violence and sexual harassment on a daily basis. Over 800 women and adolescent girls die every day because they do not have access to reliable contraceptives and basic maternity services. I don’t want to speak for you. I want to listen to you. This is my phone number. Tell me your story in my voicemail, and I will listen. There is power in numbers. Together with @glblctzn I will compile your stories and get your voices heard. We must achieve a world where #sheisequal. Love, respect, and trust, Dakota
Just 30 minutes after putting out the call, she had received over 8,000 voicemail messages, from women around the world, who were sharing their experience with sexual violence.
The podcast is made up of these voicemails, and have not been edited in anyway, apart from the voice is slightly distorted, to protect the identity of the caller.
In her post to Instagram, Dakota writes: “Listening to these stories can feel very intense. So please take care of yourself if choose to listen. And I hope you do choose to listen, because listening is the most important thing you can do for someone.”
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One year ago I asked women and girls around the world to call me and leave a voicemail telling their stories of sexual violence, harassment, and gender based inequalities. I didn’t want to speak on their behalf, I wanted to listen to them. This is The Left Ear. A podcast where you will find the voicemails I listened to. To protect anonymity the voices have been slightly pitched, and any identifiers have been removed. Other than that, they have not been edited. These are real stories from real people around the world. Listening to these stories can feel very intense. So please take care of yourself if choose to listen. And I hope you do choose to listen, because listening is the most important thing you can do for someone. In this podcast, I want to create a space where the listener is listening just as honestly and bravely as the speakers who had the courage to call. Your left ear is the ear closest to your heart. And by listening with your heart, you can save someone even just a little bit. The first episode is available now, and more to follow every Monday starting October 7th. For more information and resources visit the link above. All my love, D
For survivors of sexual violence, recovery can be a long process, but having your story heard and believed can go a long way.
If you have experienced sexual violence, you can contact Rape Crisis Scotland, who run a helpline (0808 801 0302) and whose dedicated volunteers can give you emotional support and advice.
The first episode of The Left Ear is now live, with new episodes coming every Monday. You can listen on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.