Imagine your loved one was a victim of child sexual violence. You wanted to help.
You wanted to take action.
You wanted family, community, and society to rally around your loved one the way that we do when someone is a victim of other violent crimes.
Maybe support your loved one the way that we do when someone has cancer.
But you found none of that. The screams of Survivors are covered with more doubt, shame, anger, and shame.
How would you feel?
How would you feel if no one ever even asked you?
Responding to Hate and Silence
The creator of this video went through a journey of immense pain as a secondary victim of child sexual abuse. Unfortunately, we rarely think about how this crime impacts the loved ones of the Survivor.
It prompted this particular person to become a powerful advocate on behalf of those like her loved one.
Here is her response to hate against the LGBT community and the silence around sexual violence:
Emotionally drained and battle weary, after more than two decades of waging battle against an unrepentant, repressive employer, in the criminal system, Ann returned to painting as a way to restore and replenish.
Having a window seat in her personal and professional life to the often devastating after
effects of HIV and crimes against children, Ann sought out opportunities to raise child sexual abuse awareness.
to others she is fortunate to encounter.
Ann is anchored by the love of family and friends. Has a love/hate relationship with the treadmill and will walk a mile over hot coals for some fantastic Maryland Blue Crabs.
Actually, she isn’t partial to the color.
Ann feels: ‘We honor children by challenging the silence of child sexual abuse and We Condone The Rape Of Children’ by way of denial, silence & support.