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.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood offers reproductive health care, sex education, and other information regarding similar topics to people all over the world. The organization aims to advocate for public policies that guarantee the rights and access to the services and education the organization can provide.

Under the learn tab (across the top bar), Planned Parenthood has provided educational material on a variety of topics. Notable topics include:

A breakdown of services can be found here: Our Services

Location in Kalamazoo: 4201 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49006

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

Indelible Podcast

“Indelible”, a podcast started by Dr. Jill Christman and a group of undergraduate students at Ball State in Indiana, aims to start conversations surround sexual violence on college campuses. The first season comprises of five episodes with discussions on “the Red Zone”, trauma response, Title IX, legal processes, and self-empowerment.

Podcasts can be found on Simplecast, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.

The group has also developed a number of resources for individuals who’ve experienced sexual violence. The website offers specific information about Title IX, for survivors, for loved ones. A list of literature sources are also provided on the website: Books, Films & TV, Music, and Podcasts.

More information about the project can be found here: Indelible Podcast

Survivor Support Facebook Group

Created by a survivor, this group is for survivors of assault, rape, or abuse. The groups focuses on the intersectionality of gender-based violence, racism, bigotry, etc. The group hopes to offer a safe space for fellow survivors to offer support to people going through the similar experiences. Survivors are able to share resources, healing exercises, videos, and articles that enable survivors to better understand and take control of their healing.

The group is private, and all posts are hidden to anyone but members. To join this group, you must be a survivor who is committed to healing and supporting fellow survivors, and follow the groups rules. To join, please fill out the form at Survivor Support.

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.

Malesurvivor.org

MaleSurvivor is a non-profit organization that focuses on preventing, healing, and eliminating sexual victimization of boys and men. The organization offers support, treatment, education and advocacy. MaleSurvivor facilitates dialogue among fellow survivors and professional therapists, through online forums, moderated discussion boards, and an 24-hour online chat.

The Online Forums include a wide variety of topics such as survivor stories, resources, questions, and advice from other survivors. The forum offers specialized forums for individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals who experienced as a child or as an adult, and topics for lighthearted discussions. The Chat Room requires the individual to create a free account to interact.

MaleSurvivor provides a list of other resources that address other intersections (i.e. Veterans, religious resources, LGBTQIA+). Resources can be found here: Healing Resources

VictimConnect Resource Center

VictimConnect offers a referral helpline where victims of crimes can receive information about their rights and options through confidential and compassionate services.

VictimConnect can offer financial assistance to victims of crimes. The compensation only pays for what insurance won’t or another type of payment is available. The compensation can cover medical or dental costs, counseling, lost wages, funeral or burial expenses in cases of homicide. In order to be eligible for compensation, a victim must have:

  • Reported the crime to police within a certain amount of time from the crime
  • Cooperated in the investigation and prosecution of the case (some exceptions are made for sexual or domestic violence cases)
  • Filed a compensation claim within a certain amount of time

More information on Crime Victim Compensation can be located here: Financial Assistance

Hotline: 855.4.VICTIM (8.55.484.2846)

Online Chat: https://chat.victimsofcrime.org/victim-connect/