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Personal stories of surviving sexual assault and violence against women can be intimidating and scary to share with others, but that's exactly what the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network needs. RAINN's very special to me, as their online chatroom once saved me in my darkest hour. Are you a survivor, or do you know someone who is? RAINN needs people willing to speak to schools and communities, participate in magazine interviews (anonymously, if desired), write columns, or share stories on their web site. Your story might be the one to inspire another to get help. Let's do it together.

Start here to work with RAINN: http://www.rainn.org/get-involved/speakers-bureau

Or, share your Story below about how you're using your personal experiences to educate others about violence against women. Organizations and schools in your community need you.

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Stories (3)

  • Tsara Shelton

    Thank-you for speaking up! I've been talking about my experiences for years. As a child who was molested, a girl who was raped and even a girl who raped another. I write articles and posts, speak with teens, answer private messages. My mom, Lynette Louise (aka The Brain Broad), is a speaker for RAINN and an active and honest advocate for breaking cycles and speaking up. If so many more of us talk freely I truly believe we'll make a difference and shift the attitudes and stigma.

    I say we share and learn and believe in a world where we (men and women) can expect to be treated with respect, without fear. Hugs!!!!

  • Jelena Woehr

    I've been resharing #YesAllWomen tweets, and I'm also trying to spread awareness of SSVVPP for trauma support -- That's: Safety & Support, Ventilate & Validate, Prepare & Predict. It's really handy when you get those 2 AM phone calls from a friend who has just experienced trauma or been retraumatized by an experience that reminded her or him of a past incident. A lot of my more awesome male friends have been responding to #yesallwomen by asking my advice as a victim advocate on how they can support women in their lives who they've suddenly realized are trauma survivors. So I realized... I can teach them a simple Victim Advocate trick from my previous volunteer work and turn them into awesome supporters and allies!

    Any brainstorming ideas for setting up a static walkthrough online to teach this? It should be pretty easy to learn, and it has some social media stickiness -- when I posted about it on Reddit a while ago, it got a couple hundred upvotes and someone bought me Reddit Gold in thanks for the information. I wonder if I could make something similar to Buzzfeed quizzes, but more like a "what would you do?" to practice/model trauma support?

  • Kirsten Browning

    As a side note, I'll mention it will take 4 to 6 weeks on average for an application to be processed, so if you do sign up, don't be discouraged if you don't hear back for that period of time. I'll keep anyone updated who's interested on the process of my own application.