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Phoenix: Healing for Survivors of Sexual Assault

PHOENIX is a digital platform that delivers immediate healing resources, tools, and community support to survivors of sexual violence.

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Project Description

 

PHOENIX  is a digital platform that delivers immediate trauma-informed healing tools and resources to survivors of sexual assault no matter where they are on their healing journey. 

 

 

Currently we are in the process of building our MVP. You can learn more and sign up to be in our beta here: http://bit.ly/phoenixbeta

To make high-quality trauma-informed healing resources readily available to anyone affected by sexual assault, so that they may RISE and (re)claim their power. 

Trauma lives in the body long after the initial incident or moment(s) of crisis and sexual assault trauma can be repressed for years only to showcase itself when triggered. Long-term effects of trauma impact everything from social behavior to the body, to the brain. Without consistent and specific trauma-informed healing resources, a survivor can suffer their entire life leading to a fragmented life. 

 

 

In the United States, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. 

91% of victims of sexual assault are female, 9 % are male 

81% of women and 35% of men report longterm impacts such as Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Healthcare is 16% higher for women who are abused and 36% higher for women who were sexually abused or assaulted as children

After Dr. Ford's testimony crisis lines reported an increase of calls upwards of 200-700%. 

 

For far too long, trauma healing has been a lifestyle commodity outside the reach of many of the people who need it the most. High-quality trauma-informed healing resources tend to live in spaces of privilege, further widening the divide between whose trauma healing is addressed and the cost of healing is almost always placed on the survivor. These are not long-term solutions. 

 

 

 

We have a vision for creating a digital platform that disrupts the narrative of trauma and delivers on-demand healing resources to those that need it most while connecting survivors to a community of support. 

In this post #MeToo world, many survivors have been re-traumatized, often realizing for the first time that they too are part of this #MeToo Movement.  We need to do all that we can to help facilitate long-term healing NOW.

 

We are living in a cycle of trauma and retraumatization with limited access to long-term healing for the majority. We need Healing NOW.

 

 

Female Founded Startups are deeply underfunded, 2% of Female Founders get Venture Capital Dollars. Furthermore, Female VCs are limited. 9 % of women are VCs. Phoenix bridges the inequities in Tech with the inequities in access to trauma-informed care & healing.

We have a VISION for change and we believe that belongs in OUR hands at this time. 

We are crowdfunding to raise funds to build our MVP. 

We believe in our vision for offering new solutions to sexual violence healing but we need YOUR help.

Join the Phoenixes on the Rise. Join this Movement of HEALING!

No donation is too small, no effort unappreciated. Share our vision with your networks and help us RISE!

 

 

Melissa Barker is the founder and CEO of The Phoenix Project, a social impact startup in the Bay Area focused on empowering survivors of sexual violence while connecting survivors to healing resources and community. 

Melissa is a survivor herself and is building Phoenix to make trauma informed healing and care more accessible to survivors everywhere. She knows firsthand how hard healing can feel at times but she also knows sometimes the only way out is through and she wants to create a space where all survivors can have access to high quality healing and care so that they may (re)find their joy. 

In 2014, Melissa bravely filed a Title IX Civil Rights case against UC Berkeley for mishandling of sexual violence cases on the college campus. In total 31 brave survivors came forward in that case and 4 years later the Office of Civil Rights found UC Berkeley had violated Title IX. Melissa draws from these experiences to help others navigate an often confusing landscape with her focus on the healing side of the work and connecting to community. 

Melissa believes in giving back to her community; she currently serves on the Board of Directors for STAND!, a nonprofit that supports survivors of violence in the Bay Area. She is also a Wing Woman, joining as a founding member of the San Francisco Wing, and she is a founding member of the GirlBoss Community. 

Melissa holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Interdisciplinary Studies, an M.A. from Saint Mary’s College in Leadership Studies for Social Justice, and she is pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Her Doctoral research focuses on how survivors are finding healing in this post #MeToo world. 

Melissa Barker, Survivor, Founder, Title IX Advocate, Doctoral Candidate, Member of The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence 

Karen Cahn,  Founder & CEO of iFundWomen, Board of Advisors member for Girl Rising, Pioneer in the digital media space and one of the first champions of Phoenix.

Holly Joshi, Social Justice Advocate, Doctorate Student, National Trafficking Trainer with the National Criminal Justice Training Center, & former Executive Director of MISSSEY and Child Exploitation Unit Supervisor with Oakland Police Department.

Breann Schram, Founder LightHouse Los Angeles, Wellness & Mindfulness Practitioner.  

Kara Potts, Wellness & Mindfulness Practitioner, Sexual Trauma Healing Specialist.

Micayla Kuehn, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Certified Yoga Teacher, Youth Wellness & Trauma Educator.

Audra Cassonova, Trauma-Informed Educator, Focus on Foster Youth & Former Foster Youth with Trauma.

Maris Degener, Yoga Teacher, Mental Health Advocate, Anorexia Survivor, Storyteller as seen in the Netflix documentary,"I Am Maris." 

 

Your support means everything to us. Thank you for believing in our vision, thank you for helping us expand our wings. 

If you are interested in learning more about Phoenix please contact Melissa  Barker at melissa@iamphoenixproject.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Sexual assault stats are from The National Sexual Violence Research Center (NSVRC)

The Project FAQs

 

 

 

04/01/2020
The OG
$55
Hannah Smith
03/30/2020
Phoenix Boss Babe Bundle
$175
02/25/2020
The OG
$55
Kate Anderson
01/27/2020
Phoenix Digital Art Download
$25
Jennifer Moreau-Chick
11/11/2019
Phoenix Social Media Shout Out
$10
10/09/2019
Phoenix Digital Art Download
$25
09/30/2019
Monetary Contribution
$40
Tatum Moser
09/24/2019
Monetary Contribution
$200
09/19/2019
Phoenix Boss Babe Bundle
$175
09/14/2019
Virtual Coffee with Melissa
$100
Monetary Contribution

Thank you for helping us spread our Wings. We appreciate you! 

14 Supporters
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10.00 USD or more
Phoenix Social Media Shout Out

We will give you a shoutout on our Instagram Stories for #PhoenixFriday. Be sure to share your Instagram handle with us so we can tag you in the post! 

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3 Supporters
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25.00 USD or more
Phoenix Digital Art Download

Art by Kayla Barker (our Founder's daughter) Lucky you! Kayla hand drew this piece as an original for the Phoenix Insta. We'll send it to you as a digital download for your personal collection. 

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30.00 USD or more
Three Phoenix Rising Playlists

Find your Phoenix moments with these three (3) badass and fierce playlists curated on Spotify to take you through the Burn, Ash, and Rise. 

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1 Supporter
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100.00 USD or more
Virtual Coffee with Melissa

Melissa is a visionary, an innovator, and a connector. Known for her networking super powers, she loves to meet with fellow Phoenixes. She is also a founding member of the SF Wing and a founding member of the GirlBoss Community. Book an hour of her time for virtual coffee and soundboard your next great idea off her!  (Valued at $250)

3 Supporters
None available
175.00 USD or more
Phoenix Boss Babe Bundle

In this Phoenix Boss Babe Bundle you will get: the Phoenix digital art print, the three Phoenix Spotify Playlists, a 30- minute virtual call with Melissa, and an exclusive invite to a networking breakfast at The Wing, as hosted by Melissa. 

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2 Supporters
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300.00 USD or more
Phoenixes Who Lunch at The Wing!

As seen in Vogue, The Wing is a beautiful co-working space in the heart of San Francisco's financial district. Come join Melissa, our Founder, for a day of co-working (4 hours in total) as well as lunch at The Perch, the Wing's very own cafe. You will also receive a surprise gift bag handpicked by Melissa. *All are welcome!* 

 

 

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0 Supporters
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750.00 USD or more
Insta Famous Class

Our Insta is a work of Art! Learn how to collage your own Instagram from the FEMALE only creative team of Phoenix. Package includes two webinars and one 15 minute  Q & A session with Melissa. If you are ready to take your Insta game to the next level this package is for you! 

1 Supporter
None available
2,500.00 USD or more
Rising Angel

You are in our corner and for that, we are eternally grateful! To show our appreciation we will gift you Phoenix Swag and invite you to our private Beta. 

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0 Supporters
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10,000.00 USD or more
Angel

YOU are part of the magic! To show our appreciation we will gift you all the Phoenix swag, invite you to our private Beta, as well as reach out to see how we can personally thank you for your support. 

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Thank you for helping us spread our Wings. We appreciate you! 

14 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD or more
Phoenix Social Media Shout Out

We will give you a shoutout on our Instagram Stories for #PhoenixFriday. Be sure to share your Instagram handle with us so we can tag you in the post! 

8 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD or more
Phoenix Digital Art Download

Art by Kayla Barker (our Founder's daughter) Lucky you! Kayla hand drew this piece as an original for the Phoenix Insta. We'll send it to you as a digital download for your personal collection. 

6 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
30.00 USD or more
Three Phoenix Rising Playlists

Find your Phoenix moments with these three (3) badass and fierce playlists curated on Spotify to take you through the Burn, Ash, and Rise. 

10 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
100.00 USD or more
Virtual Coffee with Melissa

Melissa is a visionary, an innovator, and a connector. Known for her networking super powers, she loves to meet with fellow Phoenixes. She is also a founding member of the SF Wing and a founding member of the GirlBoss Community. Book an hour of her time for virtual coffee and soundboard your next great idea off her!  (Valued at $250)

3 Supporters
None available
175.00 USD or more
Phoenix Boss Babe Bundle

In this Phoenix Boss Babe Bundle you will get: the Phoenix digital art print, the three Phoenix Spotify Playlists, a 30- minute virtual call with Melissa, and an exclusive invite to a networking breakfast at The Wing, as hosted by Melissa. 

7 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
300.00 USD or more
Phoenixes Who Lunch at The Wing!

As seen in Vogue, The Wing is a beautiful co-working space in the heart of San Francisco's financial district. Come join Melissa, our Founder, for a day of co-working (4 hours in total) as well as lunch at The Perch, the Wing's very own cafe. You will also receive a surprise gift bag handpicked by Melissa. *All are welcome!* 

 

 

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
750.00 USD or more
Insta Famous Class

Our Insta is a work of Art! Learn how to collage your own Instagram from the FEMALE only creative team of Phoenix. Package includes two webinars and one 15 minute  Q & A session with Melissa. If you are ready to take your Insta game to the next level this package is for you! 

1 Supporter
None available
2,500.00 USD or more
Rising Angel

You are in our corner and for that, we are eternally grateful! To show our appreciation we will gift you Phoenix Swag and invite you to our private Beta. 

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
10,000.00 USD or more
Angel

YOU are part of the magic! To show our appreciation we will gift you all the Phoenix swag, invite you to our private Beta, as well as reach out to see how we can personally thank you for your support. 

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward