'Me Too Choir' interrupts sexual assault culture with music

The "Me Too Choir" performs in Portland on April 13, 2019. KATU photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland woman is turning her pain into joy by helping survivors of sexual assault with music Saturday.

Crystal Akins organized the event called the “Me Too Choir.”

Survivors sang at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Northeast Portland.

Akins says music is a way to work through trauma and be a part of a community.

“I decided to create a gathering where it’s not like a performance of our pain. It’s really to lean into our joy and to interrupt using our voices and to interrupt sexual assault culture with music,” Akins said.

Akins said she hopes to do more choirs in the future.

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