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The FIONA Project brings child sexual abuse prevention and healing to local communities around the globe through music and the arts.
The Fiona Project began as a dream, literally.
(Welcome Home) Fiona songwriter and The Fiona Project founder, Asha Lightbearer, says,
“I was dreaming; and I heard the chorus of (Welcome home) Fiona and saw a little girl holding her daddy’s fingers as she learned to walk. I could clearly see her little plaid dress and tights and how delicate and innocent she was. I could hear her song in my mind, “Welcome home, Fiona… the renegade.” I didn’t understand what a tiny and trusting little girl had to do with “a renegade”, but I didn’t question. I knew there was something important in this dream and it was mine to do. I woke up and ran to my piano to scribble down the words and capture what I’d heard.
That morning, as I sat at my keyboard and allowed the music to come through, I watched Fiona come to life. As the lyrics unfolded, I began to realize what was being written–the story of a sweet child whose innocence was stolen, “never to return”. I wept.
Fiona was born and I knew her story was mine to share.
I knew she would help others by showing both her pain and her healing through song and music video, expressing the full intensity of her story in a heartfelt and compelling way. She would help families and communities understand what survivors go through. And she would help survivors heal.”
Fiona is the story of millions of children and adults around the world–trying to find their way out of the shame and fear caused by child sexual abuse.
But (Welcome home) Fiona was only the first step in Fiona’s story. Since then, we have have birthed a movement of musicians and artists willing to step forward and shine a light on child sexual abuse–using their talents to bring important awareness, prevention and healing to their fans and communities.
Through The Fiona Project, we are raising awareness of the prevalence of child sexual abuse. We are teaching families to protect their children, and to listen and watch for signs of abuse or predatory action. We are connecting survivors with support resources and giving them a voice through our Survivors Speak arts blog. And we are doing all of these things in a fun, safe way through concerts and other arts-based events.
Together, we are changing lives using music and the arts for fun, inspiration, awareness and healing.