Empowerment, Hope & Healing

There are hundreds of thousands of survivors of sexual violence in Ohio, eleven of whom share their stories below. If you are a survivor, know that we believe you, it’s not your fault, and help is available. Allow the stories of these brave survivors to remind you that you are also brave, you are stronger than you know, and healing is possible. You are part of a community of survivors and advocates across Ohio who support you and believe in you.

Beverly

"We are powerful. We are strong. We are survivors. That's a wonderful, wonderful title."

Debra

"Although you might be afraid to share, although that's the hardest part, it's the most important to healing."

Rhonda

"I choose to share so other people know they are not alone."

Garth

"It makes you stronger when you reach out to others and when you share your struggles with them."

Holly

"It's okay to speak out and it's okay to know that it's not your fault."

Scott

"I'm not letting it control me. I have a voice. I am worthy."

Belinda

"I feel free... I was once afraid to speak out and now here I am. I can be heard."

Stephanie

"Maybe we can stop sexual assault and maybe we can change the system."

Jenny

"I stayed silent long enough. It felt safe to just be able to say it all and actually just be believed."

Howard

"Male survivors are actually some of the most courageous men on the planet."

Adrienne

"There is help. We're willing to listen. We want to listen. We want to hear your story."

Escape