project leader
Amy M
location
2716 Joseph Campau
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the project

My name is Amy Mullins and I am the founder and CEO of A Courageous Voice. I started ACV to have a platform to help children have the opportunity to have a voice against child sexual abuse. As a survivor myself, I didn't want to see another child go through what I had gone through. It changed my life in ways that I could not have imagined. Currently, there are 42 million survivors walking around in the US today. That's a staggering statistic that has to change!

Over 90% of children are sexually abused by a family member or by someone the family knows. My abuse began around the age of 12 and it was by a family member. My voice was taken from me, as was my innocense. At one point, suicide was an opportunity for me because it meant that I would finally be able to escape the trauma and pain. I was told that I would be killed if I ever told anyone, that I would cause embarrassment to the family, and that no one would believe me anyway. Most children never tell anyone about their experiences because of the fear, which means that there are a lot of cases out there where the perpatrator goes unprosecuted and the child is left feeling the shame for possibly the rest of their lives. 

I knew that I did not want to see another child experience what I had gone through, so I began working with youth over 30 years ago, being their voice. Working with at risk youth became my love and passion, and to this day I am still involved helping in the Detroit community wherever I can. I can't imagine how this pandemic has affected kids that were unable to have a safe person to go to, or have been stuck have in an abusive environment. 

Using prevention education and raising awareness around child sex abuse, and empowering children and families to break the silence can help to put an end to this violence. 10% of children will be sexally abused by the time they are 18 years old, and the impact of child sex abuse lasts a lifetime. The lasting effects of CSA are rising healthcare costs, addiction, suicide, increased crime as a victim or a predator, and emotional and mental issues. I work with other youth organizations, community centers and schools helping children have a voice, and educate them on child safety to use as tools to help reduce these statisctics and impact childrens lives for a better tomorrow. Every child deserves to be safe from abuse!

the steps

Immediately purchasing the Teen Child Safety Matters After School Program

By November 15th, purchasing the Child Safety Matters school curriculum, and creating partnerships with schools for our January start date.

Training 5 new facilitators to join A Courageous Voice to facilitate the curriculums in youth organizations and schools

January 3rd to be in at least 2 schools facilitating the individual grade levels with the Child Safety Matters curriculum

why we're doing it

Our project can help reduce child abuse, focusing on child sex abuse by utilizing our prevention education program in youth organizations and schools. 10% of children will be sexually abused by the time they are 18 years old. 95% of abuse is preventable using prevention education with children and adults, helping families everywhere. Child sex abuse does not discriminate!

budget

9th - 12th grade after school Child Safety Matters curriculum= $750

Each grade (K-12) for schools Child Safety Matters curriculum $300 each = $3600

Each child costs $10 - helping approximately 500 kids = $5000 

TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED    $10,000
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)    N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)  $183
TOTAL TO RAISE=   $10,183
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.    

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donors

  • Bailey Park NDC
  • Amy
  • Melanie S.
  • Bessy F.
  • Melissa Z.
  • Valerie J.
  • Leslie Blackburn
  • Alex Glynne & Mike Glynne
  • Jennifer A.
  • Gammons Wellness & Dermatology
  • Dianne & Gary G.
  • Jeanne L.
  • Wanda Canty, Founder of Little Villagers
  • Kathleen Skubik
  • Katrina w.