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In this revised and expanded second edition of Hush Hush, DeShannon Bowens revisits her insightful interviews with the Peterson family. Bowens makes a compelling case that intergenerational healing from sexual abuse cannot happen in Black communities without releasing shame-based sexuality narratives from the past. Hush Hush, stresses the importance of empowered sexuality narratives and communication within families as a key component in preventing and ending child sexual abuse.


"Hush Hush explores personal perspectives on the impact of historical negative sexual

stereotyping that has maliciously seeped into every aspect of American culture.

DeShannon offers powerful insight for individuals to examine their familial past and

present. It is a must-read for educators and youth leaders in faith-based and other

organizations who are seeking to aide parents and children about the need for safe

space to provide sexuality education."


Rev. Dr. Mariah Britton,

CEO and Founder of The Moriah Institute

dedicated to comprehensive sexuality & spirituality

education for faith leaders

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Hush Hush the Healing Project

is now being offered to Schools, Universities, Community Agencies & Spiritual Organizations!

Cycles of sexual abuse can end by including methods to heal shame and the silence surrounding sexuality.

​We create safe spaces for storytelling and transformative learning by providing accurate information about sexuality and sexual abuse prevention.

Family dynamics are highlighted in a short version of Hush Hush the play, followed by a workshop with author & psychotherapist DeShannon Bowens and playwright, Aquaila Shene' Barnes.

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