BENEFITING: SEXUAL ASSAULT SPOUSE ABUSE RESOURCE CENTER INC
SARC is a nonprofit in Harford County providing hope and resources to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, and stalking. Each year, SARC provides life-saving resources to over 1,900 people thanks to support from donors like you. In order to help you understand the difference every dollar makes, we want to share Holly's story with you ...
Almost 20 years ago I was a victim of physical, mental, sexual, and financial abuse. The abuse was so bad when I left, I was in a wheelchair with a broken leg and a sprained ankle. With the love of my family, my best friend, and SARC I was able to leave and stay gone.
SARC opened my eyes and made me realize none of this was my fault, and that I was a victim of abuse. It took me several years to find myself again. I did, and I don’t see myself as a victim but as a survivor! I am lucky that through the support of both my friends and family, I have been able to rebuild my life and am now married to an amazing man who treats me with love and respect. Together, we have two beautiful children that I was told I could never have and will now grow up in a happy and safe environment where they know they have the right to be heard and to be treated with respect, kindness and compassion.
Through all of this, I have had on very clear very specific dream: to help others stuck in the same horrific situation.
To this day, Holly has stayed true to her dream. Thanks to her nephew, Ethan Brito, coming to SARC with an idea 4 years ago, Holly helps to organize SARC's Annual Holly's Hope 5k Run/1 Mile Walk. This race takes place every October to bring awareness to Domestic Violence Awareness Month and provide Holly an opportunity to reach out to other victims and survivors who may feel alone in their journey.
Your donation today directly impacts individuals like Holly who are ready to take the courageous step towards a life free from abuse and fear. Through your support, SARC's clients are able to have free access to counseling services, legal services, safe-housing, and safety planning. Your donation today will help SARC continue to create a society free from abuse and fear. On behalf of Holly, SARC, and all past, current, and future survivors, thank you for your support!