Dear Friends -
WINGS appreciates Global Giving’s belief in the value of providing support to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse through their fundraising campaign opportunities. In evaluating our overall development program, WINGS has realized a need to streamline our online giving components, to make a more clear process for our constituents and donors. At this time, we believe we need to operate one system, rather than multiple ones, and so we need to conclude our contract with Global Giving for the time being. Should our plans change going forward, we appreciate being able to reach back out to you, and will certainly keep your information in our files.
Thank you for all of your generosity over the past year and your contributions to helping adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse receive the services they need.
Jennifer Stith, Interim Executive Director
We began our Taking Flight Against Sexual Abuse fundraising campaign roughly a year ago. In that time we have raised $3,412 and have used your generous donations to continue supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. WINGS continues to add support groups and to reach out to survivors, service providers, and loved ones. Over the last 8 months, WINGS has added speciality groups, including creative arts processing and spirituality groups, as we believe that healing can come in multiple forms.
Additionally, WINGS has been focused on training other professionals about the issues related to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. We have presented at several conferences, including the Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference in June, the International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous Conference in August, and we will be presenting at the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance in October. WINGS strongly believes that the more agencies work together to share our expertise, the more benefits we can bring to all of our clients.
In addition to presenting, WINGS has spent the last year working to put together the first national conference on healing for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The Soaring to New Heights Conference will host two amazing keynote presentations and 16 incredible workshops, including 3 Spanish-language sessions. The conference will bring together survivors, loved ones, therapists, medical professionals, and all allies of adult survivors. Held on October 5th at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado - the Soaring to New Heights Conference will be an amazing opportunity for us all to learn about issues facing adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. For more information: wingsfound.org/conference.
What's incredibly exciting about the Soaring to New Heights Conference, the WINGS' presentations at other conferences, and the new speciality groups we're providing is that we're flinging open the doors so others can join us in this conversation about supporting adult survivors, the issues they face, and ways service providers, loved ones, and allies can help.
Thank you for your help. Thank you for learning more about adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, for supporting survivors, and for helping WINGS as we spread the word.
All the best,
It's hard to believe that another three months have passed since I last wrote with an update on WINGS. In those three months, WINGS has continued to focus on building programs for survivors, training local therapists on issues impacting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), and raising public awareness.
In April, WINGS attended four 9Health Fairs with over 800 attendees total. Hundreds of people saw the alarming statistics about childhood sexual abuse and learned about our services. Even those who did not speak with us directly began conversations with each other while waiting in line. In one instance, a teenage daughter began asking her dad questions about what constituted sexual abuse and why so many children were victims. Her dad patiently answered each of her questions and as they moved forward in line, their conversation continued.
Moments like those are worth celebrating. Each time someone reads about CSA on a sign, or hears a survivor tell their story, or learns about a better technique for survivor services, the public conversation about childhood sexual abuse is altered. Every time we talk about the frequency within which CSA happens (1 in 4 girls, 1 in 6 boys) and the ongoing trauma many adult survivors face, we continue building a stronger support network for survivors.
It can be easy to brush aside the importance of a single interaction, a single, offhand conversation between a dad and his daughter, but we will never know the impact that single moment had on both of their lives or the lives of those who surround them. Your donations to WINGS help make those moments possible and we hope that you can take a minute to acknowledge the role you that you have played in supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and another moment to think about the ways you can continue to join WINGS in helping survivors soar.
Dear WINGS' Supporters,
We hope you are all doing well and have enjoyed the first couple months of 2013! We can't believe March is already upon us! Great things have been happening here at WINGS and we'd love to share a few of them with you.
Already this year, we have opened and filled a second writing group, creative arts therapy group, and a new women's group in Denver. We are in the process of working with new cities and new agencies to further increase our reach to areas where the need is still great, including working with the Domestic Violence Intitative and DOVE (an advocacy center for abused deaf women, men, and children) on opening a support group specifically for those with disabilities.
We have given awareness raising presentations to three medical/mental health agencies, two college classes, and two empathy classes at the Federal Bureau of Corrections. This coming Monday, March 4th, 2013, our second Speak Out! workshop members will present their powerful testimonies to a wide audience at the Denver Center for Performing Art's Conservatory Theater. This group has worked incredibly hard and will soon be joining our previous workshop members on our Speakers Bureau.
In addition to sharing this list of wonderful things happening with WINGS, I also wanted to share a brief story from one of our members (name has been changed to protect identity) - so that you can hear from one of the people your donations help support -
Richard was sexually victimized by multiple family members throughout his childhood. He spent many of his young adult years struggling with alcoholism, depression, and anxiety. As an older adult, he came to understand his abuse history through individual therapy and later joined a WINGS group in the spring of 2012. He recently shared the following with us, and gave his permission for us to share this with our donors and supporters:
"Our abusers expect and demand that their victims carry forever the guilt and shame that they [the abusers] deserve. WINGS has provided me with an opportunity to end that silence, creating an emotional catharsis from some unjust, hurtful memories and feelings.... It takes real wisdom and courage to respond to life’s hurts and difficulties in wise and healing ways. I truly believe that Wings helps people to develop real psychological and spiritual health. And that empowers us to be the best we can be for ourselves, our families and our communities.”
Your donations and continued support allow WINGS to help brave survivors, like Richard, end the silence and "unjust, hurtful memories and feelings" they have carried for so much of their lives.
We thank you with our deepest gratitude.
Though WINGS did not reach our initial goal for our September campaign, generous donors like you still contributed a total of $2175. Additionally, due to the generosity of Global Giving, our Taking Flight Against Sexual Abuse Campaign is still active on the globalgiving.org website, which allows WINGS to continue raising funds through this campaign.
And we want you to know that $2175 is no small amount! In fact, that money will allow WINGS to provide a widerange of services for a large number of survivors.
Your contribution helps WINGS continue with our policy of never turning a survivor away due to financial reasons. So whether your donation provides handbooks for those who cannot afford one or it opens the door to the WINGS group room for those who cannot pay a session fee, you are helping a survivor remove the financial burden that joining a group may entail.
Additionally, your donation enables WINGS to engage with survivors, community members, service providers, and potential donors. By attending survivor events and resource fairs, WINGS lets survivors know they are not alone and brings the often avoided topic of childhood sexual abuse into public conversation.
Thank you from the WINGS staff and board of directors who believe strongly in our mission; and most importantly, thank you from all the survivors your donations will help and whom you will never meet.
Whether you donated $10, $100, $1000 or somewhere in between, your donation and continued support show adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse that their community believes them, that they are not alone in their pain, and that people care about the crimes perpetrated against them as children and the incredible healing journey thay are taking as adults.
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