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COVID-19: Times are tough, but our communities are tougher. Learn more about how you and your neighbors can play a part in tackling community challenges.
project leader
Charmaine H
location
PO BOX 25371
(Cleveland/Garfield)
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the project

Consider for a moment - if you could say anything to your younger self, what would it be? Given the opportunity to deliver a message to my younger self, I would tell her three things:

  1. “I believe you.”
  2. “The things that have happened to you are not your fault.”
  3. “You are a SURVIVOR!”

Now consider this statistic - according to the U.S. Department of Justice (2014), an estimated 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18.

!nspired U will start by leveraging social media to share pictures and inspirational stories of survival.  Our vision is to help those affected become whole again by teaching a 3R model – resourcefulness, resilience, and resolve.   Your donations will be used to establish a 501c3, obtain a coaching certification with the Gestalt Institute, build a social media presence, and work with licensed social workers to consult on the instructional design, development, and facilitation of workshop materials.

the steps

 

  • Attend Gestalt Institute session Women and Shame: Healing Ourselves to Wholeness - April 17-19, 2020 (Women’s Work and Empowerment Series)
  • Obtain ICF Master Certified Coach training and certification 
  • Purchase logo ($250) and trademark ($69)
  • Partner with expert for legal, tax advice, accounting, and bookkeeping (set up 501c3)
  • Identify and commission a Social Media & Marketing consultant, launch social media 
  • Decide and order marketing materials
  • Work with licensed social worker to consult on instructional design, development, and printing of workshop materials for pilot

 

why we're doing it

What exactly is child sexual abuse? Most of us realize that child sexual abuse refers to a sexual act between an adult and a minor or between two minors when one exerts power over the other. It includes forcing, coercing, or persuading a child to engage in a sexual act. What some people don’t know is child sexual abuse is more than physical assault. It can include non-contact acts such as exposure to sexually themed images or communication – via computer, cell phone, or in person.

A few additional facts about sexual abuse:

  1. Child sexual abuse can happen anywhere, in any neighborhood, religion or church group, racial or ethnic group, and among the rich, the poor and everywhere in between. 
  2. According to the Justice Center, more than 90% of sexual abuse is committed by someone the victim knows, trusts, or loves.  A group called the Advocacy Center says this familiarity leads to many abusers remaining unsuspected and undetected.
  3. Estimates show there are as many as 42 million adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in America.   

Why so many? Because when those affected by child sexual abuse build the courage to talk about it, walls go up, the subject gets changed, survivors are often shamed, and some are even told not to not tell their stories in an effort to protect the assailant. According to a study completed by the organization Darkness to Light, the public is not fully aware of the magnitude of the problem. The primary reason is that only about 38% of child victims disclose the fact that they have been sexually abused. Some never disclose.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that child sexual abuse can lead to physical injuries, chronic conditions, depression, PTSD, revictimization, and increased suicide attempts.

Finally, and most importantly, at least 95% of sexual abuse is preventable through education and awareness, which explains the goal of !nspired U.

budget

$252 - tuition for Gestalt Institute session Women and Shame: Healing Ourselves to Wholeness - April 17-19, 2020 (Women’s Work and Empowerment Series)

$775 - ICF Master Certified Coach training and certification 

$319 - logo ($250) and trademark ($69)

$1500 - legal, tax advice, accounting, and bookkeeping

$500 - Social Media & Marketing consultant fee

$1150 - marketing materials

$750 - consulting with licensed social worker 

$531 - instructional design and printing of workshop materials for pilot

PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED =    $5,777
ioby Platform Fee     $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)    $316
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)    $190
TOTAL TO RAISE =    $6,317

 

 

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donors

  • Deidra Bartlett
  • Karla Morson
  • The Keratin Barber and Cosmetology College
  • Anonymous
  • CDH
  • AD
  • Kieran H.