A new group has arrived on the fashion scene, one that is spreading the message that love, compassion, and community can help the survivors of sexual assault recover.
The new clothing line, called Bravely, was designed by female survivors of sexual assault. The line features a wide range of products including t-shirts, totes, and even water bottles, each with a message written on it, such as “Love Is Brave”. The profit from the sales go to Magdalene St. Louis, a residential community for women survivors.
Through this program, participants can receive up to two years of housing, emotional support, and education. According to their website, most of them women who join were first sexually abused between the ages of 7 and 11.
Bravely employees are typically members of the program who are looking to develop the skills they need to continue after the program ends. The group is trained in marketing, order fulfillment, graphic design, sales, and more.
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According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 20% of all adult females report that they remember a sexual assault from their childhood, which means that 1 in 5 girls is a victim. It’s not just girls that become victims – 1 in 20 boys are also the victims of child sexual abuse. Abuse isn’t limited to just vaginal, oral, or anal sex, it also includes:
In many cases, the child doesn’t report the abuse. This occurs for many reasons:
Signs of child abuse can be:
Sadly, the majority of all sexual assault cases, both child and adult, go unreported. Many survivors report that there is one major reason for this: fear. Fear of how they will be perceived, fear of victim blaming, and fear that somehow, their abuser will able to follow through with the threats that they have made.
At Abuse Guardian, our team works hard every day to make sure that survivors understand that help is something that is not only available but what they deserve. In the last several decades, numerous groups have been created in an effort to change this culture of silence and to give victims the resources they need to get out of abusive situations. But there is still a lot of work to be done.
Victim blaming is when the person who the victim is speaking to asks questions or say things which imply that the victim could have done more to protect themselves and could have, in some way, stopped their abuse. Victims, like the one in the highly reported Stanford rape case, report being asked questions such as:
The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter what a person is wearing, how much they have had to drink or eat, what time of day it was, or who they were with before, during, or after the attack – sexual assault is never the victim’s fault.