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I am excited to share a new project of mine that is close to my heart. This could be something that really makes a difference. I ask that you consider coming forward to be a part of this and please spread the word if you know anyone who would be interested. Thank you!
Our Stories Matter is a project created to unite assault survivors and spread awareness on the issue. Victims of sexual and domestic abuse deserve to be heard and should be supported after experiencing traumatic events. Society certainly has shown us that shaming women and stating their claims as false is a reality. A sad reality that has to stop. And many children, both boys and girls, experience the turmoil of abuse and either is afraid to speak up or are so ashamed they keep it to themselves. We as humans need to help and support each other and this project is a step toward sharing that message. You are not alone and you matter.
Assault survivor Melissa O’Connor-Arena felt a calling to help change how people view this issue, as well as give victims the platform to speak up and share their story. She teamed up with a licensed psychotherapist, Christine Gutierrez, to provide a safe place for people to come forward, open up, and let go of the secrets that have held them hostage, for too long.
Having our voices heard not only initiates healing but enables people to understand what others go through. There is a deep concern for the lack of empathy in the world today. There is no better time than now to come together and rise above the ignorance. As a united front, we can defeat the immoral behavior and backward thinking we see too much of. All of our stories matter. And they deserve to be heard.
We are currently accepting submissions for the project. Please contact Melissa to learn more via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in sharing your story.