Why We Exist
To sum it up in one phrase: To Break The Silence and Grow Past the Pain
We exist to support victims of sexual assault by providing safe emotional and cognitive space for wholesome restoration and healing
We exist to validate the impact of trauma over the life of adults.
We exist to promote awareness of the damage caused by not addressing trauma; the damage caused by silently suffering.
We exist to encourage you to seek help by providing needed resources so that you can be whole, so that you can show up fully for yourself, your family, your job and your community. As the logo exemplifies, one healed butterfly can soar freely and help create a generation of healing.
There is help! Healing is available. We are here to support you through that process. It starts with one step: Speak your Truth.
We are not professional counselors. We are a team of advocates for victims.
Our primary emphasis. Advocating for victims of sexual assault.
Our secondary and equally important emphasis. Promoting awareness of ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences). A life changing study by Dr. Robert Anda of the CDC and Dr. Vincent Felitti, chief of Kaiser Permanente in 1995 found that a significant relationship exist between the number of traumatic events experienced during childhood and a variety of negative outcomes in adulthood, including poor physical and mental health, substance abuse, and risky behaviors.
Scientist have confirmed that unaddressed childhood trauma can lead to adult onset of chronic diseases, depression and other mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence, as well as financial and social problems. The traumatic experiences identified in the study occurred before 18 years of age, and these include:
— Sexual Physical and verbal abuse.
— Physical and emotional neglect.
— A family member who is:
depressed or diagnosed with other mental illness
addicted to alcohol or another substance
— Witnessing a mother being abused.
— Losing a parent to separation, divorce or other reason.
Our goal is to encourage those who were assaulted to speak up, those who want to help to stand up, and those who are less aware to understand.
We aim to get the conversations started to ensure that we are addressing potential threats to our physical, social, and psychological well-being.