Aiding Recovery and Increasing Awareness
The impact of sharing these journeys and offering context with which to hear them ripples beyond the community of survivors. This approach offers insight to those who have experienced sexual assault, and those who have not, and ultimately increases awareness, empathy, and compassion around the issue overall.
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A sex crimes professor and researcher, Alissa would have said that her professional journey had nothing to do with her violent rape until recently.
A therapist, mother, educator, advocate and survivor, Jocelyn is devoted to changing the culture that tolerates sexual violence like what she experienced in college.
Stephanie took the courageous step of reporting her assault and undergoing a trial. She lives by the words of Dr. Maya Angelou, “surviving is important, thriving is elegant.”
Becky was raped while traveling in her early 20s. She struggled to understand what had happened until one night, she shared with a friend who said, me too.
Stephanie experienced long-term abuse as a child at the hands of her father. Through a trauma specialist by training, she kept her own story deeply buried.
“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.”
“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.”
Elizabeth was eight years old when she decided that she wouldn’t let her perpetrator touch her anymore. She forged a path of her own resilience and recovery.
Cindy McConnell lived her entire teenage life and much of her adult life held captive by an emotionally, physically, and sexually abusive relationship.
Meagan’s journey unfolds among her shelves of artistic supplies, colorful studio, and creative decorative and meaningful projects.
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.
Danielle stayed silent for several decades after she was raped as a teen. When her perpetrator was up for parole, Danielle decided to speak up.
“Instead of a mental health advocate, I’m more of a people advocate. I want people to see how amazing they are. Because we’re all amazing beings and unique beings.”