Empowering Promise Project

Providing the services, knowledge and skills to transform victims of sexual violence into survivors.

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Project Description

DISCLAIMER: The photos and video used were take by volunteers at actual events.  Although the quality may not be the best, the authenticity of the work is. 

OUR MISSION:

The mission of Silent No Longer TN (SNLT) is to empower survivors of sexual violence through the establishment of safe environments for support, advocacy and creative expression.

WHO WE ARE:

Silent No Longer is a grassroots organization that helps survivors of sexual violence find their voice, healing and empowerment. 

 

THE PROBLEM:

Provide services and programs which are desperately needed for the following reasons:

1. Of the 7.7 million citizens living in Tennessee, 1.47 million live in the seventy-two rural counties within Tennessee. (U.S. Census)

2. While rural counties make up less than 18% of Tennessee’s population, they account for 51.3% of reported sexual assaults (FBI).

3. There are twenty-one counties in West Tennessee and only two programs which provide services to sexual assault survivors. The Rape Crisis Center is the only dedicated sexual assault program.  It only serves four of the twenty-one counties in the region. The second program serves both domestic and sexual assault survivors.  The services provided to sexual assault survivors include:

- Overseeing sexual assault cases within Madison county.

- Managing the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program in eighteen counties.

4. There is one sexual assault center in East Tennessee which provides services in only ten of thirty-three counties. Two domestic violece programs provide support groups for domestic and sexual violence survivors in sixteen counties. There is no sexual assault specific services in those counties however.  There are seven counties which have no services whatsoever.

WHAT WE WILL DO:

SNLT  will address these issues by increasing our ability to provide services to survivors through incorporating as a 501( c )(3), hiring part-time staff and establishing programs which will:
1. Increase awareness of the facts regarding sexual violence in rural areas through outreach and educational initiatives.   

2. Establish programs in rural areas which provide survivors with the opportunity to develop new skills and find empowerment through creative expression.

  • Healing Squares Project: We are partnering with sexual assault and victim-witness programs across Tennessee to provide survivors an opportunity to create large quilt square depicting their assault and their journey to healing. The squares will be made into large quilts similar to the AIDS quilts. The quilts will be displayed in various locations around Tennessee during Sexual Assault Awareness month beginning in April 2021.
  • Poetry and Prose: We will establish creative writing and poetry workshops in rural counties within Tennessee.  The workshops will meet twice a month. Survivors will submit one short stories or poems which will be placed into an anthology.  The first edition of the Poetry and Prose: Stories of Sexual Assault and Healing will be sent for print in late February and released for sale in April 2021.

3. Provide community organizing training in rural areas to train survivors, allies and advocates how to establish and facilitate Silent No Longer TN programs, as well as awareness campaigns such as Bystander Intervention.

HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED:

The funds raised will be used to pay for:

1. Creative expression programs for sexual assault survivors

2. Outreach and awareness programs

3. Training workshops

The fund will allow us to purchase materials, secure meeting space and instructors for two creative expression programs in eighteen rural counties.  It will also allow us to hire a part-time administrative assistant, provide community organizing and strategic planning workshops, bystander intervention training, and conduct awareness programs and community outreach initiatives. 

Any funds raised above our goal will be used to fund the Artful Assurance program, which will establish painting and drawing classes for sexual assault survivors.

A detailed budget can be found at here.

OUR FOUNDER'S STORY

I was a police officer who had the training and instinct to react when I was attacked. But, it couldn't prevent me from being raped. I was able to prevent my attacker from following through on his promise to kill me and “put me out of my misery,” but there are times I wish I hadn’t. 

I was badly battered physically. My right eye was severely bruised and nearly swollen shut, my wrists were swollen, bruised and bleeding, and I had cuts and scrapes all over my body. I was also badly battered emotionally. During my career I had proven I could take care of myself.  This time was different through, and I could not protect myself from this predator. I was ashamed I couldn't sense the attack was coming. I blamed myself and felt I had somehow let the rape happen. 

I was absolutely terrified no one would believe me. Even with all my injuries I felt others would blame me or think I was making it up. It had never occurred to me that a police officer, even a former officer, could be raped. If I didn’t think it could happen to me, why would anyone else?  

The physical wounds healed, but the emotional wounds continued to fester. I felt somehow responsible and I lost all sense of self-worth and hope. I prayed every night God would take my life and end my suffering.  I cried every morning wondering how I was going to get through another day.  I lost hope that God would make the pain go away so I began writing goodbye letters.  After struggling with the last letter, I decided to take a break.  I logged onto Facebook and kept seeing this strange little hashtag that said #MeToo.

It was then that God answered my prayer and I began to see a glimmer of hope. Seeing so many friends and strangers have the courage to say #MeToo made me realize I was not alone in my pain. It also made me realize if they could survive the pain and find hope again, maybe I could, too. 

It gave me hope, healing and the strength to share my story and try to help others. This is why I am so passionate about helping sexual violence survivors.

PLEASE AND THANK YOU!

Your support will allow Silent No Longer TN achieve our goal of turning our nightmares into a catalyst for good through social change.  More importantly, it will provide much needed support to survivors of sexual violence.  

A woman is sexually assaulted every 96 seconds in the United States, which is 900 every single day. It does not include child victims of sexual assault or men.

Statistics do not reflect that number  because sexual assault is one of the most unreported crimes.    

Please help us help survivors of sexual assault and make Tennessee a safer place for our families and neighbors. As a thank you, we are offering some great rewards to contributors.  They range from fun gifts such as magnets, t-shirts and limited edition signed posters, to public recognition for you or your business in our newsletter, website, social media pages, event advertising and event banners.  

Thank you for your support!  Your donation will let survivors know they are not alone, are believed and supported, and can find the promise of healing and empowerment. 

Updates

The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Why do I have to wait until March to receive my items?

In order to ensure the maximum amount of funds go towards serving survivors of sexual violence, we will order items in bulk one the campaign is over in order to get a bulk discount. 

  • How do I use my coupons?

Each coupon will a single use discount code specific to that contributor.  When you place your order, you simply enter that code in the promo code box and it will be automatically applied to your order.

  • I have a question not answered here.  How do I contact you?

You may reach us via email at silentnolongertn@gmail.com

  • How do I know what size t-shirt to request?

Below is the sizing chart for the shirts. 

Monetary Contribution

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$50
Copper Supporter

Digital certificate of appreciation

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Magnet and koosie

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$75
Bronze Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter (your name or your business name)

Magnet and koosie

10% off coupon for Silent No Longer TN merchandise and Poetry and Prose Anthology

NOTE: Anthology will not be released for sale until April 2021

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$100
Silver Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter & Facebook (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

20% off coupon for Silent No Longer TN merchandise and Poetry and Prose Anthology

NOTE: Anthology will not be released for sale until April 2021

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$250
Gold Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter, Facebook & website (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

Water bottle

25% off coupon for Silent No Longer TN merchandise and Poetry and Prose Anthology

NOTE: Anthology will not be released for sale until April 2021

 

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$500
Platinum Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter, Facebook & website (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

Water bottle

Two 25% off coupons for Silent No Longer TN merchandise and Poetry and Prose Anthology

Listed as supporter on our YouTube and PodBean channels for 3 months

NOTE: Anthology will not be released for sale until April 2021

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$750
Pearl Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter, Facebook & website (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

Water bottle 

T-shirt

Two 25% off coupons for Silent No Longer TN merchandise and Poetry and Prose Anthology

Listed as supporter on our YouTube and PodBean channels and recognized at beginning or end of Podcast for 3 months.

Listed as supporter on all digital and printed advertisements for events and workshops

11X17 Superhero Poster designed by one of our survivors 

NOTE: Anthology will not be released for sale until April 2021

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$1,000
Ruby Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter, Facebook & website (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

Water bottle 

T-shirt

Two 35% off coupons for Silent No Longer TN merchandise

Free copy of Poetry and Prose Anthology

Listed as supporter on our YouTube and PodBean channels and recognized at beginning or end of Podcast for 6 months.

Listed as supporter on all digital advertisements for events and workshops for 6 months.

11x17 Superhero Poster designed by one of our survivors/artists

11 x 17 Power of Women poster designed  by one of our survivor/artists

NOTE: Anthology will not be released for sale until April 2021

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$1,500
Diamond Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter, Facebook & website (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

Water bottle 

T-shirt

Three 30% off coupons for Silent No Longer TN merchandise

Free copy of Poetry and Prose Anthology

Listed as sponsor on our YouTube and PodBean channels, recognized at beginning or end of the Podcast and videos for one year.

Listed as sponsor on all digital and printed advertisements for events and workshops and on printed event informational handouts for one year.

Listed as sponsor in our newsletter, on Facebook and website for one year.

11x17 Superhero Poster designed and signed by one of our survivors/artists

11 x 17 Power of Women poster designed  by one of our survivors survivor/artists

One complementary Bystander Intervention training via webinar.

NOTE: The  anthology will not be available for sale until April 2021

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$1,750
Rock Star Suppoter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter, Facebook & website (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

Water bottle 

T-shirt

Three 30% off coupon for Silent No Longer TN merchandise

Free copy of Poetry and Prose Anthology

Listed as sponsor on our YouTube and PodBean channels, recognized at beginning or end of Podcast and videos for one year.

Listed as sponsor on all digital and printed advertisements for events and workshops and on printed event informational handouts for one year.

Listed as sponsor on Facebook and website for one year.

11x 17 Limited edition Power of Women signed poster designed by one of our survivors.

11x 17 Limited edition Superhero signed poster designed by one of our survivors.

One complementary Sexual Harassment or Bystander Intervention training via webinar.

Listed as sponsor on banner displayed at all events for one year.

2 free tickets to 2021 Fundraising banquet/silent auction

NOTE: The  anthology will not be available for sale until April 2021

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

0 Supporters
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$10
Contributor

Digital certificate of appreciation

0 Supporters
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$25
Supporter

Digital certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter (your name or your business name)

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$50
Copper Supporter

Digital certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter (your name or your business name)

Magnet and koosie

0 Supporters
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$75
Bronze Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter (your name or your business name)

Magnet and koosie

10% off coupon for Silent No Longer TN merchandise and Poetry and Prose Anthology

NOTE: Anthology will not be released for sale until April 2021

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
Silver Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter & Facebook (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

20% off coupon for Silent No Longer TN merchandise and Poetry and Prose Anthology

NOTE: Anthology will not be released for sale until April 2021

0 Supporters
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$250
Gold Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter, Facebook & website (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

Water bottle

25% off coupon for Silent No Longer TN merchandise and Poetry and Prose Anthology

NOTE: Anthology will not be released for sale until April 2021

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$500
Platinum Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter, Facebook & website (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

Water bottle

Two 25% off coupons for Silent No Longer TN merchandise and Poetry and Prose Anthology

Listed as supporter on our YouTube and PodBean channels for 3 months

NOTE: Anthology will not be released for sale until April 2021

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$750
Pearl Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter, Facebook & website (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

Water bottle 

T-shirt

Two 25% off coupons for Silent No Longer TN merchandise and Poetry and Prose Anthology

Listed as supporter on our YouTube and PodBean channels and recognized at beginning or end of Podcast for 3 months.

Listed as supporter on all digital and printed advertisements for events and workshops

11X17 Superhero Poster designed by one of our survivors 

NOTE: Anthology will not be released for sale until April 2021

40 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
Ruby Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter, Facebook & website (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

Water bottle 

T-shirt

Two 35% off coupons for Silent No Longer TN merchandise

Free copy of Poetry and Prose Anthology

Listed as supporter on our YouTube and PodBean channels and recognized at beginning or end of Podcast for 6 months.

Listed as supporter on all digital advertisements for events and workshops for 6 months.

11x17 Superhero Poster designed by one of our survivors/artists

11 x 17 Power of Women poster designed  by one of our survivor/artists

NOTE: Anthology will not be released for sale until April 2021

35 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,500
Diamond Supporter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter, Facebook & website (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

Water bottle 

T-shirt

Three 30% off coupons for Silent No Longer TN merchandise

Free copy of Poetry and Prose Anthology

Listed as sponsor on our YouTube and PodBean channels, recognized at beginning or end of the Podcast and videos for one year.

Listed as sponsor on all digital and printed advertisements for events and workshops and on printed event informational handouts for one year.

Listed as sponsor in our newsletter, on Facebook and website for one year.

11x17 Superhero Poster designed and signed by one of our survivors/artists

11 x 17 Power of Women poster designed  by one of our survivors survivor/artists

One complementary Bystander Intervention training via webinar.

NOTE: The  anthology will not be available for sale until April 2021

30 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,750
Rock Star Suppoter

Printed certificate of appreciation

Recognition in newsletter and on Twitter, Facebook & website (your name or your business name)

Magnet and 2 koosies

Water bottle 

T-shirt

Three 30% off coupon for Silent No Longer TN merchandise

Free copy of Poetry and Prose Anthology

Listed as sponsor on our YouTube and PodBean channels, recognized at beginning or end of Podcast and videos for one year.

Listed as sponsor on all digital and printed advertisements for events and workshops and on printed event informational handouts for one year.

Listed as sponsor on Facebook and website for one year.

11x 17 Limited edition Power of Women signed poster designed by one of our survivors.

11x 17 Limited edition Superhero signed poster designed by one of our survivors.

One complementary Sexual Harassment or Bystander Intervention training via webinar.

Listed as sponsor on banner displayed at all events for one year.

2 free tickets to 2021 Fundraising banquet/silent auction

NOTE: The  anthology will not be available for sale until April 2021

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