Being a survivor of rape, I find that speaking about it and helping others has, in turn, helped me. It is something that will never go away. There are good days and bad days. Days when I remember it all over again and feel as though I’m back at rock bottom. I am a firm believer that the bad things in your life can very easily be turned into a positive outcome. This is why I’ve always chosen to be so open about my story. Simply opening my mouth with no hesitation has led me to forge new relationships with people because I let them know they weren’t alone.
That is what life is about to me. Knowing we are all in this together, in some way.
Below are links to foundations I truly care about that have made it their goal to help survivors of sexual assault and rape.
“V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.”
“In the late 1960s, TBTN began holding events in the United States after coming stateside from Europe. The Foundation’s Board Members and supporters came together to unite the hundreds of events being held under the TBTN banner around the world. Many of our Board Members participated in our earliest Events and bring with them their unique experiences with TBTN to shape our focus and future. All of our Board Members stand together with a passion for our cause. Sexual and domestic violence continues to occur in epidemic proportions. People across the world are taking back their voices by speaking out. Take Back The Night® is a beacon of hope for millions.”
The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread worldwide.
Here is my own shirt I made while attending Utah Valley University