A few weeks ago I came across a movement on social media that I knew I would support and become a part of, online & IRL.
SpeakYourSilence.org was founded by Matt Pipkin in late 2012 and has impacted thousands of lives since. They are making a difference through their mission to conquer the stigma of child sexual abuse by creating conversations and enabling change.
1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused prior to the age of 18.
According to the SYS site, there are an estimated 39 million adult survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S. alone. And most will never tell a soul.
Speak Your Silence sells Stitch Kits to fund counseling sessions for victims of child sexual abuse across the US. So far, they’ve been able to reach out and offer counseling to over 500 incredible people throughout the USA.
“When you wear “The Stitch,” each conversation you spark carries the power to transform the life of someone you love and break the stigma of child sexual abuse.”
I wear the Stitch for my friends. For the people I meet. For those who have shared their experiences with me, and those who aren’t yet ready to tell. I wear the Stitch to give a voice to those who no longer have one. I wear the Stitch to be a catalyst for change + acceptance. Our pasts do not define us, no matter what experiences you have lived through. I wear the Stitch for those who have lived their lives feeling completely alone.
You are not alone. If you are a victim of child sexual abuse, I’d encourage you to reach out to someone. To someone you trust, or an organization like Speak Your Silence that can connect you with a counselor close by. If you aren’t ready for that, connect with me. I will listen.
Get “The Stitch” kit (it’s only $5!) and share why YOU wear it. We are incredibly powerful as individuals. We can vote with our dollars, we can influence with our opinions, and we can changes lives without ever saying a word. Wearing the Stitch can be a show of solidarity that someone passing on the street desperately seeks.
But now, now is our time to speak up. To use our voices to protect those around us, to be a safe place to land, to offer comfort and support. That’s why I wear the Stitch.