PHOENIX is a digital community platform that delivers immediate access to trauma-informed healing tools and resources to survivors of sexual violence no matter where they are on their healing journey.
At Phoenix, we understand the impact of trauma. In light of COVID19 we have launched new digital programming that helps us provide Virtual Care to anyone that needs it, NOW. We need your help in making this care accessible and sustainable for all.
Rates of abuse have skyrocketed under COVID19; we want to provide a safe healing community for survivors globally, NOW.
Like many companies impacted by COVID19, we had to pivot and look for new ways to reach our users. We are in the process of building our Community (beta) now which will be powered by Mighty Networks. Your support will help us decrease the barriers to Virtual Care and Community for survivors everywhere by allowing us to make our community memberships free.
Want to join us? Sign up here to be the first to know when our community is live: https://bit.ly/phoenix_community.
Trauma lives in the body long after the initial incident or moment(s) of crisis and sexual 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.
Phoenix provides virtual care & community, digitally. With the help of our Phoenix Ambassadors we are able to provide free wellness events focused on healing, self-care, and community building globally.
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
Under COVID19 abuse rates have skyrocketed, and with limited access to care and community, many survivors are finding themselves quarantined with their abuser.
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 are creating digital community for survivors everywhere. By leveraging existing technology we are able to deliver high quality Virtual Care through digital programming, increased access to mental health care, and a growing community of support & connection.
COVID19 has us living in a cycle of trauma and re-traumatization with limited access to long-term healing and mental health care for the majority of survivors. We need Healing NOW. With your help, we can reach more people.
We have a VISION for change and we believe that belongs in OUR hands at this time. Crowdfunding allows us to raise funds to expand the Phoenix reach NOW, not later on. With your help we can reach more people and establish sustainable pathways to healing for survivors everywhere.
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, knowing all too well how isolating healing work can feel.
Melissa believes in giving back to her community; she has served 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 current world.
Your support means everything to us. Thank you for helping us expand our wings.
If you are interested in learning more about The Phoenix Project please contact Melissa Barker directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Sexual assault stats are from The National Sexual Violence Research Center (NSVRC)