I am a survivor of domestic violence.
SafePlace has helped me personally by being a part of my support system during court precedings. Volunteers offer their time to be with victims at the courthouse while they await court and even offer a "Safe Room" to keep victims safe and away from any sight or contact of their abuser. SafePlace has offered me free individual and group therapy as well as very informative information about what abuse looks and feels like and how to prevent it in the future. I am so grateful to SafePlace and the help they have offered me.
My goal is to raise funds that will help others in their time of need and to raise awareness of domestic violence and the impact it has on not only the victim, but their friends and family as well. You may not know that domestic violence is not only defined as physical abuse - it can be physical, verbal, emotional, and even financial. The effects can be long-lasting and detrimental to a person's well-being. SafePlace offers a truely "safe place" to reach out for help.
My hope is to #breakthesilence and start a conversation about domestic violence and sexual assualt and open the doors to discussing the truth that may be hidden behind closed doors.
I #brokethesilence... As a result, friends, family, the police department, CPS, as well as other people that my abuser was involved with were made aware of this person's behavior and motives and I am confident that the more awareness that is raised, the less damage will be done. Not only to me, but to other people this person engages with, and most importantly to the innocent child in this person's life.
Please take a moment to join my team and walk with me on March 6th, donate (if able), or simply share this with your friends and family and help #breakthesilence in your own community.
More about this fundraiser...Illuminate Austin provides an outlet for our community, clients and supporters to rally together and take a stand for change. But most importantly, it's to remember those who have suffered at the hands of sexual assault and domestic violence.
We ask you to rally, sponsor and join us at the Long Center on March 6th, 2016 to make some noise on the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence. Let's show our community that we are the generation to break the cycle and will no longer tolerate violence in our lives; ensuring a bright future for our children and survivors.
DID YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR DONATIONS COVER?!
$25 - 2 calls to our 24-hour emergency hotline
$50 - 1 Week of Baby Formula
$100 - for 1 day of in-hospital support services for a survivor of sexual assault
$250 - 1 day of operating costs at the school
$500 - 14 hours of counseling for a person healing from sexual or domestic violence
$1000 - 10 days of food for every adult and child living in shelter