Jul 7, 2020

Support sexual trauma survivors during COVID-19

MapYourVoice.org - Extending a helping hand
MapYourVoice.org - Extending a helping hand

During this trying time of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that survivors of sexual violence know there are resource available to help. 

As we are discovering, there are many who have experienced extreme isolation during stay-at-home orders.  For survivors, sexual trauma can amplify these feelings of loneliness, which can exacerbate symptoms of post-traumatic stress. 

And for others who may be trapped in a home environment with a sexually-abusive parent, sibling, spouse, etc., having access to outside services and support can be a crucial lifeline.

MapYourVoice.org can be an important part of survivors’ crucial infrastructure - by providing a safe, anonymous place to share their stories, access local services and crisis lines, and gain support from the community-at-large.

Thanks again for all your support!

Wishing you safety and health.

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Mar 5, 2020

Meeting 3 essential sexual trauma recovery needs

Providing 3 essential needs
Providing 3 essential needs

For decades, experts in the field of psychology have understood there are 3 basic necessities for recovering from sexual trauma: safely telling, getting help, and connecting with others who understand and care. Designed by trauma therapy specialists, MapYourVoice provides universal access to these essential recovery steps to survivors in every city, town and village across the globe.

 

#1 SAFELY TELLING

Often when survivors tell about their assault, they are met with a less-than-supportive response. This can add more pain and isolation to an already traumatic experience. MapYourVoice provides a safe, anonymous, and therapeutic process for taking the first essential step of telling. And because it can feel unsafe to speak up in-person, survivors benefit from the distance, anonymity, and security of our web-based platform.

 

#2 GETTING HELP

Our ever-growing network of support includes 1000’s of “street-level service organizations” to support survivors with their specific needs. Be it police protection, emergency medical care, counseling services, safe havens, suicide prevention, legal aid, child protection, crisis intervention and more, MapYourVoice gives survivors the easiest and fastest route to pinpoint and access appropriate local support.

 

#3 CONNECTING WITH OTHERS

Sexual violence is a very isolating experience - survivors are left feeling very alone with their trauma. By witnessing the stories of other survivors, and being witnessed, each survivor can gain the cathartic experience of knowing they are not alone and that others indeed understand what they have been through. This can help to re-infuse life with meaning and give a more accurate, less self-harming perspective on the assault.

 

Thanks for being a part of our global network of people who care about survivors and act with MapYourVoice to end sexual violence worldwide.

 

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Dec 6, 2019

Our gratitude during this season of giving

Dear MapYourVoice supporters,

This year has flown by with so many great developments and new connections being made. A big part of our work at MapYourVoice is getting the word out about the important public service we provide to survivors of sexual violence. That means reaching out to survivors and potential collaborators, including those in government, advocacy, public health, technology, and more. 

We are happy to report that as people find out about MapYourVoice, they are responding positively and want to find out how they can help.  It feels great knowing the world is so full of people who care and want to act to make a difference on the issue of sexual violence.

During this season of giving, we hope you'll remember that your tax-deductible donations to our organization help us march forward on our mission to support 1 million survivors worldwide.

A safe and happy holiday season to you and yours!

 
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