Giving Recovery a Voice
The Powerful Voices Project’s mission is to educate, empower, and enhance the conversation around sexual assault and its survivors.
A Space for People to Speak, Heal, Listen, and be Informed
The Powerful Voices Project is the beginning of the new face of survivors.
This short film series illuminates the strength and resiliency of sexual assault survivors and empowers them to focus on their personal stories in service to their healing. We’re giving recovery a voice.
Who we Support and Help
No matter your background, your story matters. You are not alone and healing is possible.
As part of a survivor’s support network, it’s important to be there, be kind, and believe. Listen to their stories.
Increased education and awareness on sexual assault can help prevent it. Listen to, and believe, survivors’ stories.
Revealing the Steps to Recovery and Resilience
Sexual assault is a destructive public health epidemic rooted in toxic masculinity and other harmful gender norms, and a pervasive lack of education and awareness. One of our goals is to prevent harmful sexual experiences by raising awareness and revealing the steps to recovery and resiliency. We need to accept the reality of the problem and the nuances of the solution.
Becky and Frances
In 2011, Becky Fein and Frances McCorkle co-created the Powerful Voices Project. The two had met while serving in Americorps in Santa Rosa, California.
Becky, the founding director, has continued the work of the Powerful Voices Project through story curation and public speaking.
What began as acts of control exhibited by her teen-aged boyfriend at the time, the situation continued to digress into a cycle of abuse that Nawz had grown up to perceive as normal.
“I’m going to make my life beautiful, despite what happened to me. In other words, I’m saying, do not let rape define who you are and who you can become.”
“I don’t struggle with talking out about it, and I’m really grateful for that because it means that today, I don’t blame myself for anything or feel that it’s in anyway changed who I am.”
Recent Survivor Story
It’s Been 22 Years
It’s been 22 years and I still have flashbacks about that night. I couldn’t tell you what season it was, the day or even the year. The thoughts are like Polaroid pictures that I had to piece together one picture at a time. Even today, most times it’s out of nowhere that a memory just pops into my head that I hadn’t even remembered until that very moment.
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Get People Talking
NowThis News, along with newspapers, magazines, and radio shows, are talking about the motivation behind the Powerful Voices Project.
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“Fein’s Powerful Voices Project aims to shatter myths about sexual assault, including who it involves and what forms it takes.”
– Julie Johnson, The Press Democrat
Recent Blog Posts
Oh, but my dear, what if you soar
This piece was originally published on the Active Minds blog on April 12, 2018. Click here to view the original publication.It’s 75 degrees out and I’m on a long hike through the beautiful rolling hills of my hometown. My favorite place. My favorite activity. I hike...
My body knows best: The Journey of Elizabeth Lindner
Elizabeth describes her journey of experiencing sexual assault as a young girl and nurturing resilience through a supportive community.
Looking for a Speaker for Your Next Event?
Becky Fein speaks about public health issues, sexual assault, and more. Whether you are seeking a training, workshop, keynote address, panelist, or guest speaker, she will work with you to ensure that your objectives are covered.
Making a Connection
“Witnessing someone speak about their journey can help them come out of isolation and realize that their experience, while unique to them, is widely known and experienced. It allows for connection where before there was none.”
– Meagan Pugh, LPCC & PVP Interviewee
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Your donation goes directly to supporting survivors and increasing awareness around sexual assault.