Well you may not know it, but today is Angela Shelton Day. Angela Shelton is an activist for women and children, an incest survivor, a filmmaker and one of the bravest people I know. (See pic above of us horsing around in Asheville, NC) She made a movie called “Searching for Angela Shelton.” In it, Angela journeys across the United States in a Winnebago to meet other women with the name Angela Shelton as a way to survey women in America. What she wasn’t prepared for was to learn that like herself, 24 out of the 40 Angela Sheltons she spoke to had been raped, beaten or molested. The first Angela Shelton the filmmaker meets rents out space to a foster care company and it brings up the filmmaker’s memories of being in a foster home as a child. Then there is an Angela Shelton who tracks sexual predators and just happens to live in the same town as the filmmaker’s father who molested her and her stepsiblings for years.
“Searching for Angela Shelton” forces the filmmaker to not only confront her past but it leads her to her father’s doorstep on Father’s Day. The interaction between Angela Shelton and her father is riveting and brings you face to face with the depths of denial that a perpetrator can go.
As you can see, Angela is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to making change and forcing people to think about violence in our society. The mayor of Asheville, NC named Nov. 6 Angela Shelton day in honor of all her work. I know I’ll be celebrating!
Visit Angela’s website