Organized by: Amanda Wilder
It is my beginning goal to raise $5,000. This money is being raised to begin a non-profit organization that helps rape, incest, and sexual assault victims find their voice. Provide guidance, support, and helpful information and tools to create a safe and strong understanding of their innocence and find the courage to speak up. My goal is to hold several awareness events, varying in type. As a survivor of sexual abuse, I know how hard it can be to come forward. Some people are abused for years and never say anything out of fear or guilt. They are groomed and nurtured to believe that it is their fault or they "asked for" the abuse. Sexual abuse has no set circumstances. People experience this in all different ways and their situations may not allow them to believe they are able to speak up. Some commit suicide, some self harm, others act out in other dangerous ways... I want to help stop this, help save lives, help victims fight for their life back. I want to help them find that voice, I want to help them love themselves enough to stand up and say no more. I was a victim of molestation for 15 years and I never thought I would find my voice. But I did. I took my life back, I am free now, free as a bird. The name I chose for this organization is Liber Avem, which is Latin means "Free Bird." I may not be able to help every victim, but if I can turn just one victim into a survivor, I made a difference. The funds I am raising will go for t-shirts, wristbands, and help to create the first few awareness events. We will also be launching a website and creating informative pamphlets and booklets as well as assistance to victims throughout their process of seeking help. I hope to create a safe place people can go, as well as possible group meetings. This is all the beginning, but I truly believe this could be a great thing. Thank you!