Disability Minus Abuse

Disability Minus Abuse, founded in July 2020, aims to address abuse of people with disabilities through public awareness, education and training, policy development, law enforcement, and professional consulting. The organization provides a listserv for individuals to receive an array of resources. You can sign up here.

The organization offers an online platform for topic groups such as the intersections of Deaf individuals and police, the Equal Rights Amendment and people with disabilities, etc. To request to join, please visit here.

Community United Against Violence (CUAV)

Community United Against Violence is an organization that works to build the power of LGBTQ communities to reduce violence and oppression. The organization aims to create safe communities for everyone to thrive.

The organization offers advocacy-based peer counseling. Through this service, individuals within the LGBTQ community can access short-term counseling for emotional support, safety planning, referrals, and limited case follow-up. To schedule an appointment, you can either call 415.333.HELP (4357) or email counseling@cuav.org. I offer counseling through phone or zoom.

Take Care Tuesdays is a support group offered through zoom on Tuesday evenings open to all LGBTQIA2-S survivors of violence. Sign up here.

Seasonal events

Yoga 4 Heart Resilience is a 4-week virtual series for LGBTQI2S Survivors of violence focusing on breathwork and movement. The program is offered in English and Spanish. Sign up here. (Takes place in Fall 2021)

Stalking Resource Panel Discussion

What if I’m being stalked? A recording is provided of the discussion between representatives from YWCA Kalamazoo, K’s Office of Gender Equity/Title IX department, and K’s Counseling Department. The panelists provide resources and information on processes and protections for victim-survivors of stalking. Discussion facilitated by Haley Mangette, Project Coordinator of the DOJ Office of Violence Against Women grant and Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy.

Recording: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/367bd1e4-5252-45ef-8e3e-922b545a4522?list=studio

Me Too Movement

The #MeToo Movement took social media by storm in October 2017, originally founded by Taran Burke in 2006, to share the impact and prevalence of sexual violence in communities. The organization that developed from this movement continues to work to provide assistance to a large spectrum of survivors.

Links:

Home– Organization’s main page

Resource Library– a library of resources filterable by experience, needs, and identity (gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity and race)

Healing Room– a virtual room that provide guided meditations, healing playlists, journaling, and activities. Click around the “room” to find the different resources.

Support a Survivor– infosheet and toolkits for individuals in a survivor’s support network.

NIH- Coping with Traumatic Events

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) provides information on trauma and tips to cope with a traumatic event. Coping with Traumatic Events breaks down some warning signs of what can trauma can look like in a person.

Individuals who have experienced a traumatic event can respond with feelings of anxiousness, a depressed mood, or anger. They can have trouble concentrating, eating, or sleeping. It’s important to know that each individual is different. The warning signs listed in this article may not encompass everything that a person experiences.

The article provides additional resources on the responses and some ways to cope with these responses.

Taking Me Back- Supporting Survivors

Taking Me Back is an independent poster that supports sexual assault survivors through posts on a variety of information. The page discusses survivors like Vanessa Guillen, Toyin Salua, Daisy Coleman, and many other survivors, as well as current policies and the impact that they have for survivors. The page posts resources specific to different identities.

Instagram: @_taking.me.back_

Twitter: @_takingmeback_

Website: https://takingmeback18.wixsite.com/-tmb

Start by Believing

Originating from End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), Start by Believing is a worldwide effort to support survivors and end gender-based violence. EVAWI aims to improve policy and institutional practices dealing with incidents of gender-based violence. The organization offers information and resources for advocates working with survivors.

Start by Believing emphasizes the initial step of supporting a survivor of gender-based violence by believing them. Over 9000 people submitted pledges to commit to believing survivors and supporting them through their healing process. You can make a personal commitment to this cause here: Pledge.

Helping a Survivor

What To Say offers those who are listening to survivors’ statements to validate the survivor’s feelings and experiences. The organization also provides a list of tips for speaking with survivors: Helping a Survivor.

Survivors

Navigating the experience that you had can be difficult, particularly when you can’t name it. Define What Happened explains the differences between sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, and sexual harassment. Another step is to explore what resources and options you have. Explore Your Options provides affirmations and services to contact. Actions You Can Take provides information on medical services along with forensic exams (also known as a SANE exam). The page provides reporting options: to law enforcement, to Title IX offices, and to the military system.

1 in 6

1in6 is an organization that focuses their advocacy efforts towards men who’ve experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences.

24/7 chatline for men who’ve experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse: National Helpline

1in6 hosts a daily online support group. The schedule and sign up can be found here: Weekly Online Support Group for Male Survivors

Fellow survivor stories can be found here: Male Survivor Stories

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is a nation-wide organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention specific to the LGBTQIA+ community under 25.

The Trevor Project offers a support center that includes resources discussing different identities in the community, as well as questions specific to those identities. Resources can be found here: Trevor Support Center

Hotline: 1.866.488.7386

Textline: Text START to 678.678

Chat: Confidential online instant messaging

Isurvive

Isurvive is a online community for abuse survivors. The organization provides resources and resources specific for individuals who have experienced abuse as a child.

The organization offers resources for individuals in the US and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and the UK. Resources specific to the US include:

  • Domestic Violence Survival Kit
  • The Addiction Center- Addiction and Domestic Violence
  • Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) by the Morris Center.
  • and many more located throughout the US.

Several forums are provided through the organization. Discussions are separated into 7 parent forums: General Discussion; Survivors; Breaking the cycle; Addictions, Self-Harm, and Unhealthy Coping Strategies; Family, Friends, and Relationships; Lighthearted and Off Topic; Creative Corner and Art Gallery. A number of sub-forums are offered if the individual becomes a member of the organization. Memberships is free.