Survivors Voices

Survivor Voices, an initiative created by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), is a collection of stories from survivors. Scan through pictures of these survivors and click to read about healing and moving forward after assault.

It’s on Us

It’s On Us is a nationwide effort to reduce sexual assault by focusing on three key areas: bystander intervention, consent education, and survivor support. Educational resources can be found here.

For victim-survivors, the organization provides a number of different resources. They provide a “Self-care checklist” (also below).

SELF-CARE TO DO LIST

  1. Think about what you enjoy doing. This could be anything from a walk around the block during lunch to a weekend trip to the national park. Self care looks different for each of us.
  2. Schedule a time to do it each day, week, or however often you feel it is needed. Put time on your calendar for it to remind yourself to do it and to not schedule other things for those times.
  3. Think of ways to incorporate relaxing activities in your day to day schedule. This could be anything from closing your laptop while you eat your lunch to leaving your phone in your bag while you commute to work or school.
  4. Spend time with those that make you happy. Surround yourself with people that are fun and supportive.
  5. It’s okay to say no. If you feel like your body or mind will not benefit from doing something, take a break to rest or do something you do enjoy and that feels relaxing.
  6. Take care of your body. If you are feeling tired, try to get to bed just a few minutes earlier each day.
  7. Think about why you are doing the self care activity. Remind yourself why you are taking time out of your day to do something that is not for work or school — it is for you! Self care helps us recuperate from a stressful or busy schedule and to be more productive afterwards.

Sexual Assault Care Center

Based in Canada, the Sexual Assault Care Center provides answers to several questions a survivor may have after a sexual assault. The About Us page lays out the expected process a survivor will experience when receiving medical attention or a Sexual Assault Examination Kit. On the Home page “bubbles” are laid out to provide information on some experiences or thoughts a victim-survivor may have. The site has information on self-blame, what to do next, and fear of not being believe.

Getting Your Life Back offers resources to turn to for support, responses to trauma, and how to discuss the incident with your family and friends. Since You Asked provides information on frequently asked questions, myths and facts, legal definitions and protections for survivors of sexual assault. (Note: these laws and protections apply to residents of Canada).

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

Secondary Survivors Facebook Group

A support system is crucial for a survivor to heal. Members in this support system can be considered “Secondary Survivors”. It may be difficult to imagine or completely understand what the survivor has gone through.The Secondary Survivors group is a peer group that aims to provide tools and resources for the secondary survivors to better understand the experience of the survivor. They have educational handouts, videos, articles, and other mediums to empower secondary survivors to better understand and cope with the incident.

While a survivor has the experience with assault, abuse, or rape, those who are supporting the survivor can experience trauma or feelings of guilt. It is possible to experience secondary trauma or a traumatic response to what someone else experienced. As a secondary survivor, you may also experience times in which you are unaware of what to do to support the survivor.

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night began in the 1960s to bring awareness to sexual violence and to support victims. Events all over the world contribute to the message of strength and support for survivors of sexual violence.

Take Back the Night offers free legal assistance. You can contact the legal support team through the following form (Free Legal Assistance) or call 567-SHATTER (567-742-8837). The legal team will provide support and resources, judgement-free.

The organization provides survivors with an opportunity to share their stories. Stories can be submitted here: Share Your Story. The collection also includes a few articles about recovery and sharing your survivor story as a form of empowerment.

Surviving in Numbers

Surviving in Numbers, a non-profit organization started in 2012, began as a small project to illustrate the prevalence of sexual violence on campuses. The efforts were initially concentrated on 4 campuses within the state of Massachusetts and has now since grown to allow for survivors all over the country to share their stories anonymously.

To submit your story, click here: Share Your Story

For more information on the organization, click here: Surviving in Numbers

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

Survivor Love Letters

Originally started by Tani Ikeda in 2012, Survivor Love Letters allowed for Tani, other survivors and allies to create love or support letters for individuals who have experienced sexual assault. Posts can be found on the organization’s Tumblr page: https://survivorloveletter.tumblr.com/

Website: https://www.survivorloveletter.com/

K’s Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy has adapted this program to provide a community of support from fellow members of K campus. As a victim-survivor, we understand the difficulties you may face. This collection aims to spread the message to you as a survivor that  not only are you believed, not only are you supported, but you are loved.  These letters can include, but are not limited to, written letters, photos, paintings, drawings, songs, poetry, etc.

We ask you to please consider the following guidelines when creating “survivor love letters”:

  • It should be supportive of victims/survivors.
  • Your letter should not use graphic language. We urge you to use caution when using potentially triggering language.
  • No more than 5 pages.
  • No identifying information; if you as the author want to identify yourself, you are able to. However, we ask you not to identify other individuals.

All submissions are anonymous, unless author provides name.

The collection can be found here: Survivor Love Letters

If you would like to submit, you can upload your Survivor Love Letter here: Submissions