There is no greater agony than hearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou
Our Survivors Speak Program is the heart of our mission designed to provide healing, training, and support for survivors. The program begins with sexual crime survivors coming forward and joining our Survivors Speak Program. Over the course of our two-day workshop which takes place in our Naugatuck, Connecticut office every fall, participants explore, document, and ultimately share their personal stories in a supportive and safe environment.
After graduating from the program, survivors become part of our Survivors Speak Outreach Team and go on to advance their healing, educate others and raise awareness about sexual crimes by sharing their personal experience. Our team members travel to college campuses, community events, law enforcement training sessions, and a wide variety of other events sharing their stories of hope and survival. By doing so, they provide much-needed education and insights about sexual crimes. They put a face on the crime, and give a voice to the magnitude and impact of sexual crimes. They also empower other victims – particularly those still suffering in silence – to come forward, regain control, and to begin or advance their own healing.
Our team of 55 men and women is gaining momentum every day as we continue to grow in strength and numbers. Together we are ending the silence surrounding sexual crimes and encouraging others to become part of our vocal, vibrant and visible survivor community.
“Speaking out is part of a survivor’s therapy… When I speak, my voice is not my voice; it is the voice of thousands of individuals who have been touched by these horrific sexual crimes.”
Tracy, Survivors Speak Outreach Member
“When I look in someone’s eyes and see renewed hope and a greater sense of self-worth, that's what our mission is all about. I have witnessed survivors come forward and share their very personal journey. Each time they speak they take back some of the power the perpetrator stole while inspiring and educating others and ultimately advancing their own healing. It is amazing. This brings us all together in a very powerful way. This is a movement and we are using our voice to change behavior, perceptions, conversation, policies and lives. Together, we are empowering survivors of sexual crimes to find their voice, advance their healing and educate others.”
Donna Palomba, Founder & President