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Bloodied as a result of cuts to her
body made by the blade of a knife and
weakened by repeated strangulation,
she could fight no more.
On realising what might be her demise,
she mustered the strength in that moment
to look at her attacker, who was about to
rape her and asked: "If you are going to do
this to me, can you at least use a condom?"
This was her point of escape.
Kit Evans-Ford is a victim and survivor of
a vicious and violent crime that almost took
her life in 2008 while working in the Eastern
The 32-year-old mother of two, author,
retreat leader and teacher shared her testi-
mony with the large gathering of families,
friends and concerned citizens at the Peace
Rally and Concert Queen's Park Oval, Port-
The event was held to mark the culmination
of 40 hours of prayer followed by 40 days of
action, which was led by the Non Violence
Begins With Me Movement to restore peace
to the land of T&T.
At the event, which was endorsed by Guard-
ian Media Ltd, Evans-Ford, the feature speaker
from the US, gave a detailed description of the
horrific event that,for some time, left her with
a post-traumatic stress disorder.
But more than her emotional recollection,
her bigger story is that she overcame and her
attacker is now serving a 46-year prison sen-
Her message yesterday centered on non-vi-
olence with compassion being the main in-
In the voice of former US President Barack
Obama, Evan-Ford shouted "Yes We Can" in
fact lead lives of non-violence individually and
as a country.
"Even when bad things happen in our lives,in
our country or the world, even after that, hope
peace, love and healing is possible," she said.
Evans-Ford commended the Living Waters
Community, who was responsible for her vis-
it, creating the Non-Violence Begins With Me
Movement and organising all the activities pro-
moting non-violence that would have passed
over the 40 days which began on March 3.
Borrowing the words of American cultural
anthropologist Margaret Mead, she said to
the crowd: "Never doubt that a small group
of thoughtful citizens can change the world."
She said in hosting such events and sup-
porting such movements, it shows people
understood that non-violence began with
each person as an individual.
Evans-Ford said while everyone may not have been a
victim of crime, they may have been a victim of something
else or may have victimised someone.
She said it was through grace of God, counselling and
testifying that her healing came.
In a subsequent interview with the T&T Guardian,
Evans-Ford shared a few points on how society could
live and breathe non-violence on a daily basis.
"There are different ways in which we react when we
are violated or see violence in our community. Often
times we avoid it, even making accommodation for it
because we feel this is how our community is so there is
nothing we can do, we will just have to accept it for the
way it is. But that is not true because violence has root
causes and the root causes are what we need to get at,"
She said violence could take on many forms and was
not only perpetrated using a weapon. There was violence
in the form of molestation, verbal and emotional abuse,
abandonment etcetera, she said.
Her reasoning,though, was that in most cases perpetra-
tors of crime were usually themselves victims of crimes.
She said this is why the cycle of violence continued.
She said while the act of violence by someone must
not be negated and we must stand firm on justice, at the
same time a level of compassion must also be met in order
for healing to take place.
"My attacker turned out to have been a serial rapist.
When we heard of his story, it was found he was a victim
of abuse and abandonment. While this gave him no right
to harm others, he may have chosen violence to deal with
his pain and to really get back at the person who hurt him,
but usually if you can't, you will hurt others."
She said her organisation, Overcoming the STORM,
aimed to inspire and help others understand that healing
"I do this by teaching nonviolence, through the per-
forming arts, and counseling. Helping you move from
hurt to healing," she said.
Evans-Ford will be in T&T until Friday. She will be
attending several institutions to speak and will be in-
terviewed on GML's Sky 99.5FM later this week.
Also supporting the event were numerous artistes and
performers. Among them were The Love Movement choir,
calypsonian Karene Asche, Aaron Duncan, 2Cents Move-
ment, Mungal Patasar and Soul Man to name a few.
Greetings in the name of and in support of non-violence
were also brought through various institutions heads and
activists for peace.
Veteran mas designer Brian Mac Farlane was the event's
stage coordinator and told the T&T Guardian it is the
hope of the movement that the event would become an
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Kit Evans-Ford, centre, peace activist, trainer and Author chats with Brian Mac Farlane,
producer of the Peace Rally and Concert, left as Rhonda Maingot, of the Living Water
Community, right looks on yesterday during the Peace Rally and Concert at the Queen's
Park Savannah. PHOTOS: AYANA KINSALE
Ckile gives his brother Ckrister a ride while he flies
his kite at the Peace Rally and Concert at the Queen's
Park Savannah yesterday.
We can bring end to violence
Motivational speaker at Peace Rally
The Non Violence Begins With Me Movement is a
group of concerned citizens who came together in
late 2016 because of genuine concern about what
was going on in the nation.
Rosemarie Scott, committee member, told the T&T
Guardian the aim of the movement was not to point
fingers at those who were commiting crimes, or at
the police and the Government, but to promote that
non-violence began with ndividuals and that everyone
had a role to play in changing the situation in the
country by addressing themselves and seeing how
they were contributing to violence.
"So we launched 40 hours of prayer to start followed
by 40 days of action," she said.
Scott said the movement toured the country, even
going to Tobago, speaking in schools, hosting vigils
and encouraging every denomination and religious
organisation to get on board. This did happen with an
inter-faith service on March 4 at the Living Waters
Community headquarters in Port-of-Spain.
Asked if she felt change would come, Scott said not
overnight, as a lot of work had to be done, but things
had to start somewhere and she believed it was a
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