Ashley Griffin and Lori Petty.

It was an uphill battle for justice. But now child sexual abuse survivors can celebrate the recent passage of the New York Child Victims Act and seek prosecution against their abusers. The bill also includes a one-year window during which victims of any age or time limit can prosecute.

The issue of justice vs. mercy is explored in Trial, a must-see, riveting play by Ashley Griffin (Snow, Twilight: The Unauthorized Musical Parody), and directed by Lori Petty (Orange is the New Black, A League of Their Own) that asks, “What would a victim decide if they could determine their abuser’s eternal fate?”

Don’t miss an all-star cast of Broadway performers during a one-night benefit staged reading of Trial at 7 p.m. March 28 at the Krasnoff Theatre at Tilles Center at LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, in Brookville. Proceeds will benefit WellLife Network, one of the region’s largest and most diversified voluntary, nonprofit health and human services organizations, helping individuals and families lead more independent and productive lives.

It’s a dark reality: one out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape. And while most victims don’t talk about their ordeal till later in life, that experience will forever haunt their daily existence.

Thanks to WellLife Network, survivors of sexual trauma and their families across New York City and Long Island who are dealing with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and addiction have found a safe space where they can receive treatment while on their journey to recovery and wellness.

“The issue of family violence affects the entire family,” said Rebecca Costa, vice president, Long Island Operations. Inspired by a true story, Trial brings the audience into another realm – the bureaucratic system of the afterlife – where a young woman who becomes both judge and jury awaits her own judgment to determine the eternal fate of her abusive father, who was responsible for her death.

With a united voice and as a community, the entire cast has been raising awareness about the importance of ending child abuse. Theatregoers can be part of the solution as well.

Patrons who purchase $175 tickets and corporate sponsors are invited to meet and greet the director, author, and cast at an exclusive cocktail party/Talkback session. Tickets are $75/$100/$175 per person. Please visit: WellLifeNetwork.org/TRIAL. Sponsorship opportunities are $250 to $25,000. For more information/reservations, contact Cody Fisher, Development Director: 917-563-3383.  On Long Island, WellLife Network programs work in partnership with the United Way.

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