Local filmmaker shares experience of violence

On Saturday, La Vann screened her new film at the Flower City Arts Center. The film is called "Reluctant Love: A Visual Love Letter of Healing."

Rochester, N.Y. - A local rape survivor shared her story of healing Saturday night, in hopes it would help other victims of violence.

35 years ago, Nicholle La Vann was raped and gave birth to a baby girl.

Despite the traumatic experience, she went back to school where she became interested in photography and film making.

On Saturday, she screened her new film at the Flower City Arts Center. The film is called "Reluctant Love: A Visual Love Letter of Healing."

"This film is really a mirror image of my life of who I am and who I've become," said La Vann. "And it's hopefully to educate people about the rape culture, about the healing process. And will hopefully help other young women going through the same thing."

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women will be raped in their lives.


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