The statistics on sexual assault are really sobering:
1 in 3 women will be face intimate partner violence in her life
1 in 6 men will be a survivor of sexual abuse by age 18
Every 10 seconds a child abuse report is filed
These stats come straight from Violence UnSilenced, a space to give survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and sexual assault the chance to tell their stories. Each week, the site publishes stories from two survivors. Readers can take a pledge to "listen and offer support" as survivors work to become re-empowered.
This type of safe, online community is a real testament to the power of internet organizing. Bringing together readers and story-tellers helps to build community, educate those who might be ignorant about the power of sexual abuse, and allows survivors to tell their stories and have their experiences validated.
You can spread the word about the Violence UnSilenced pledge by sharing on your own site, via social media.
If you're a survivor, you can share your own story.
Consider checking out violenceunsilenced.com to leave your support or engage with a supportive community.
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