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I am deeply privileged to be a part of the movement to end violence against women and children; to follow in the light of the fierce women who started this movement before I was even born, particularly women of color; to stand with every survivor; and to stand beside the extraordinary women and men who dedicate themselves to working in service of supporting survivors. People like you. You are my teachers and my heroes, and I am overwhelmed with love and gratitude in this moment.
Every year on #GivingTuesday, people around the world channel the spirit of gratitude and generosity by giving back to causes they care about. This #GivingTuesday, we are showcasing the work of two advocates making a difference for Joyful Heart: Sophia Schrager and Emma Kate Lasry, the founders of our GenerationJOY committee.
Every day, a new story about sexual assault, abuse, and harassment emerges. We are witnessing survivors coming forward to share their personal stories in a way we have not seen before. Celebrities, our friends, our sisters, our daughters, and ourselves—are speaking out about these experiences. From the simple yet powerful #MeToo to women’s detailed personal accounts in news stories and op-eds, this violence is at the forefront of our attention. The volume of the conversation is way up, getting louder, and showing no sign of stopping. It is inescapable.
This holiday season, Board Member Debbie Millman shares some extra cheer with a line of holiday cards she designed exclusively to support Joyful Heart. We spoke with Debbie about her inspiration for the cards, her connection to Joyful Heart, and what joy means to her.
What first drew you to Joyful Heart?
This year, Joyful Heart is honoring DVAM by sharing tools for supporting survivors with our community. Each week, we are covering a new topic and sharing stories about how to put these tools into practice. We invite and encourage you to share these with your community.
This week’s tip is: Know where to point someone for more help.
This week’s tip is: Ask what more you can do to help.
This post is by guest author Kalimah Johnson, founder and chair of SASHA Center, a sexual assault service, prevention, and educational agency designed to provide educational and support groups to survivors of sexual assault.
This year, Joyful Heart is honoring DVAM by sharing tools for supporting survivors with our community. Each week, we are covering a new topic and invite and encourage you to share these tools with your community, as well as share stories about how to put them into practice.
This week’s tip is: Validate.
This year, Joyful Heart is honoring DVAM by sharing tools with our community to best support survivors. Each week, we will cover a new topic and invite and encourage you to share these tools with your community, as well as share stories about how to put them into practice.
This week’s tool is: Listen.