We are tackling a difficult subject this week: Alaska’s high rate of sexual abuse. Two writers and abuse survivors are sharing their own personal experiences on stage.

In this web extra, David Holthouse and Vera Starbard talk about how their personal experiences with abuse motivated them to spark a dialogue in the community.

Holthouse is writer of Stalking the Bogeyman, a play that has gained national recognition. Drama students at the University of Alaska Anchorage have brought the play to the stage in April.

Starbard is the writer of Our Voices Will Be Heard. Her play was produced by Perseverance Theater and was performed in Juneau, Hoonah and Anchorage. Perseverance Theater was awarded a $205,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support Starbard in fulfilling a three-year residency. She is the first Alaskan and Alaska Native playwright chosen for the residency.

The full Frontiers program, Shattering the Silence, airs Sunday, April 10 at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Go here for a list of resources to organizations that can help people to cope with sexual violence or child abuse.