Aliza Amar founded “Breaking The Silence Together” in 2005. After completing her service in the Israeli army (1978-1980) she aspired to make a life in the city of Tel-Aviv, and left the Kibbutz community of Beit Haemek. She responded to a newspaper ad and went for her first job interview in 1981. At the interview Aliza was raped and this was recorded on video and distributed internationally as pornography.
After many years of personal anguish, shame, mental torment, and much therapy, Aliza gathered the courage to speak out and take her story to the masses. She organized and participated in a 500K Cross-country bike ride in November 2005, and a 160K walk in November 2006 to generate and create change in the Israeli law system, for which she received national attention from the media. Her courage to share her story inspired hundreds and thousands of people to open up and share their stories too.
This immense public response motivated her to continue as a public speaker. Since 2005, her extensive public speaking engagements have included training and educating psychotherapists, social workers, doctors, teachers, nurses, police officers and others on how to deal with rape trauma victims.
Aliza has had the opportunity to meet with world leaders such as Israeli president Simon Peres, a Buddhist nun from Thailand, Mae Chee Sansane – co-chair for the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW), and she had a public audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India. These meetings further encouraged her to reach out.
Aliza’s goal is to generate discussions throughout society, where the subject of rape, sexual assault, and human trafficking will no longer be shameful to talk about. Through conversation, healing will unfold, and eradication of these crimes will become paramount. Aliza created “Breaking The Silence Together” to break the silence about the growing epidemic of rape, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Her mission is to encourage other survivors to do the same all over the world.
Currently, Aliza is featured in New York’s New Abolitionist stories. To read about them and her http://www.newyorksnewabolitionists.com/.