Sep 5, 2019

Being safe enough to speak up

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Periodically we like to connect with our supporters to let you know how things are going with our mission to help sexual violence survivors reclaim their voices and lives from sexual trauma.

If you’ve been following current events, you’ve likely watched as sexual perpetrator, Jeffrey Epstein, has finally being apprehended by U.S. federal agents after decades of sex-trafficking and sexual assault of minors.  And over the past few months, details have continued to emerge about the pervasiveness of child sex abuse of boys by over 300 leaders in Boy Scouts of America. 

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a cascade of shocking stories of abuse and assault become public.  While these abuses are just coming to our awareness, many represent long term, systemic abuses.  Public figures, institutions, trusted leaders preying upon those who trusted them…often harming the most vulnerable among us.

MapYourVoice provides a pathway for survivors who haven’t felt safe enough to speak up, to have their voices heard, be supported and access the help they need.  Through our secure, anonymous assault report, survivors can safely share what they’ve, often painfully, kept locked away inside.  Site visitors can click the “support buttons” to encourage survivors and let them know they’re not alone.  And through our extensive, user-friendly map of local support resources every survivor finds in their online account, that first step to getting help is made easier than ever.

With as many stories of sexual violence as are being revealed, there are still so many more left untold.  With your continued help, we can continue to encourage and reassure survivors across the globe that their voices matters…that they matter. 

Thanks so much for supporting this important endeavor!

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Jun 4, 2019

Sexual violence is the only global epidemic without the data needed to address it.

With only 13% of sexual violence incidents being reported (12% for children, <1% for men), the problem stays hidden in the shadows where it can persist indefinitely ... unchecked.

A few of the things we do know
  • Sexual perpetrators tend to be repeat offenders, preying upon members of their communities over-and-over again.
  • Sexual violence has far-reaching harmful impacts on many aspects of a victim’s life: physical and mental health, relationships, education, career, quality of life, and more.
  • Statistically speaking, everyone on the planet knows at least one person who has been victimized by sexual violence: a relative, a friend, a classmate, a teammate, a coworker…or oneself.
The MapYourVoice Data-Oriented Solution
  • As survivors establish their private MapYourVoice member accounts and complete their comprehensive assault reports, they become our partners — our co-researchers — in developing meaningful quantitative (statistics) and qualitative (subjective experience) data to help end sexual violence.
  • As more and more survivors around the world participate, a clearer and clearer picture of sexual violence emerges through the aggregated (combined) data.
  • This data can be viewed in literally 1000’s of ways to bring understanding to many aspects of sexual violence. It can also be analyzed locally to understand the specific nature of sexual violence within a local community — or globally to gain regional and global understandings.
MapYourVoice data serves street-level solutions
All of this unique, valuable data is intended to serve our efforts in teaming up with local, regional and global partners to develop tangible, multi-faceted solutions for supporting survivors and ending sexual violence.
Your donations help support a data-informed solution for ending sexual violence.

 

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Mar 19, 2019

Campaign progress

We want to thank you again for your support of the campaign to fund printed resources to support survivors. Your support is important to bringing much needed information and resources to people who are often not sure what to do after being harmed.

At present, we are awaiting grant funding to arrive to augment our crowdfunding efforts, to help us proceed forward with this endeavor.

In the meantime, please make sure to spread the word about MapYourVoice.org - a place where survivors worldwide can safely, anonymously share their stories, access local resources, and be supported by the public. And as you view The Map, please remember to click the "support buttons" to let each survivor who has mapped that you care!

We will keep you in the loop as this progresses!

 
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