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 onboard the Phoenix Team for the build of our beta version. We plan to start testing in beta late Summer 2019.
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!
Help us build this platform! No donation is too small, no effort unappreciated. Share our vision with your networks and help us RISE!
Faye Hayes, Lead Engineer
Faye is a full stack developer native to the Bay Area. She serves as an engineer for BackStage Capital as well as a co-founder of PlayLoops, a platform that makes it easy for social justice organizations to make animated content! When she’s not coding, Faye spends her time working with local organizations that positively impact her community.
Reyna Noriega, Lead Illustrator
Reyna is a visual artist, author, and educator in Miami, Florida. She has been an illustrator for several years and enjoys creating illustrations that embody the feminine experience, and working with brands and clients with the same mission. She spends her spare time partnering with community organizations to bring social issues the attention they deserve.
Jamie Park, Lead UI/UX Designer
Jamie is a holistic UX/UI designer with 2D and 3D design chops in the Bay Area. She uses a human-centered and empirical approach to solving problems with collaborative teams. Jamie is currently a UI/UX Designer with PlayStation and freelances for Yeti, LLC. She is passionate about scrappy travel backpacking to learn about the world, bikes for better accessibility in cities, and yoga for self-care and health.
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.
Valorie de Leña, MA, MFT, SEP, Trauma Specialist in the Bay Area.
Breann Schram, Founder LightHouse Los Angeles, Wellness & Mindfulness Practitioner.
Michelle Mogadam, Marketing Strategist, Silicon Valley-based MedTech, Former Board of Advisors at Deborah’s Palm and Girls For a Change.
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 email@example.com
*Sexual assault stats are from The National Sexual Violence Research Center (NSVRC)