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Amanda Schneider here, Executive Director for Amplify Voices. I wanted to take this opportunity to connect with you on a very personal topic to me.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and today is the "SAAM Day of Action."  Please take a moment to read on and consider joining me in this important step to bring greater awareness to sexual assault. 

 

***Trigger warning: This message may by triggering to those who have experienced sexual assault.***

Did you know 1 in 5 women in the US have experienced completed or attempted rape in their lifetime?

(https://www.nsvrc.org/statistics)


I am one of those women. I fell victim to sexual assault after consuming a drink spiked with a "date rape" drug. I chose to be vocal about my experience because this was something I never thought would happen to a 40-year old mother of three little boys who was at a work conference. 

It turns out sexual assault has no boundaries. It happens more often than we know. And I wanted others to be aware.

Horrifically, 3 out of the 5 women I first shared my story with, in turn, shared their own experiences of past rape...experiences they had never shared before. I discovered many women (and men) are walking around carrying these painful experiences, often alone. It isn't until someone else shares, they feel permission and a safe space to share. 

Will you take action on this day to give survivors the message they are supported and not alone? 

  • Share a message of support on your social media. Consider using phrases: Support Survivors, Hope and Healing, Your Story Matters. 
  • Make sure to use the hashtags: #SAAM2022 and #AmplifyVoices
And if you need a listening ear, a safe space to connect with someone, please reply directly to this message. I am listening and will hold space for you. 

Respectfully,
Amanda Schneider

Listen to the talk I delivered during the Triumph Over Trafficking and Sexual Abuse. 

Amanda Schneider shares her talk live on the Amplify stage
at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts on March 27, 2021
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