Project #HereForYou

The psychological effects of rape and sexual assault can last a life-time. At Project #HereForYou, we connect survivors to allies.

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Project Description

Over the past few years, we've started talking about rape and sexual assault with more compassion and outrage than ever before. But few conversations center on how we can best continue to support those suffering from the psychological aftermath of rape and sexual assault within their communities.

Too many survivors of rape and sexual assault suffer in silence. We want to change that. We've partnered with artists and designers to create a subtle, but recognizable brand for survivors and their allies with the message: I'm #HereForYou.

Project #HereForYou was started by a small group of dedicated volunteers:

Miriam Joelson, Co-Founder and CEO

Miriam founded Project #HereForYou in 2016 to ensure that survivors of sexual assault can easily identify allies and fellow survivors within their communities. Miriam began her career as Special Assistant and Special Projects Manager to the Founder of Democracy Prep Public Schools, a network of high-performing public charter schools in Harlem, New York, and now works at Google. She was born and raised in Switzerland, and received her A.B., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Brown University, and her M.Sc. from the University of Oxford.

Anne Kauth, Co-Founder and COO

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Anne oversees strategy and operations at Project #HereForYou. She combines extensive experience in education and gender-based policy interventions from the private and public sectors, having worked at the Minerva Project, Fullbridge, the Women in Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Women in Public Service Project - an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, and the White House National Economic Council. A native Minnesotan, she studied at L'Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and received her A.B., cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College.

Einat Clarke, Founding Board Member

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Einat is a Senior Corporate Counsel at Google Inc. specializing in data disclosure, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and child protection. She is a board member and outgoing President of the Technology Coalition, Inc. - an industry trade association focused on eradicating online sexual exploitation of children. Prior to joining Google she worked in private practice at Cooley LLP. Ms. Clarke received her Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2004 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Communications from The George Washington University in 1999. She is admitted to practice in California.

Jonathan Kalin, Founding Board Member

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Jonathan founded Party With Consent to amplify the healthy voice of sexual violence prevention and promote healthy masculinities. His work has been featured in The New York Times, TIME magazine, and The Atlantic, among many others. Jonathan also teaches basketball with the goal of using the sport as a vehicle to coach boys into caring, empathetic men – most recently as an assistant coach at The Wheeler School in Providence and as basketball director at Camp Manitou in Maine. A graduate of Colby College, Jonathan majored in Philosophy, minored in Chinese and was Captain of the Men’s Basketball team and President of Male Athletes Against Violence.

Vivian Graubard, Founding Board Member

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Vivian was a founding member of the United States Digital Service (USDS) at the White House, where she led efforts to improve the immigration system and criminal justice reform. Prior to joining USDS, Vivian served as Senior Advisor to the White House Chief Technology Officer, Todd Park. She led efforts to combat campus sexual assault, prevent human trafficking, and increase diversity in technology. Vivian began her journey at the White House in 2010, in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, where she built the first-ever process for responding to Spanish language letters to the President. Vivian graduated from American University in Washington, DC.

Updates

The Project FAQs

 I want to be an ally, but I worry I'll say the wrong thing! How can I be a better ally?

When a survivor of sexual assault approaches you with their story, err on the side of listening, and ask them what they need. Every survivor is different, but try to steer clear of "why" questions. "Why didn't you leave?," "Why didn't you fight back?," "Why didn't you report?," "Why are you still friends with them?," "Why did you let this happen?," do more harm than good. There are lots of great resources for allies a quick Google-search away. Here are some of them:

https://www.rainn.org/articles/how-respond-survivor

https://sapac.umich.edu/article/47

https://www.knowyourix.org/for-friends-and-fami/

How are you going to spread the "brand?"

We will be partnering with colleges, universities, and companies around the country to make merchandise easily available through corporate responsibility/diversity programs, as well as through sexual assault awareness and response programs at colleges and universities. Finally, we will make branded items available on our website for purchase for individuals.

Where do proceeds go?

Our staff is entirely volunteer-led. All proceeds go towards production and website maintenance, research, as well as ally-education programs, such as "I'm a Survivor of Sexual Assault. Ask me anything."

02/09/2018
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$30
02/04/2018
Thank you for being an ally!
$10
01/26/2018
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$50
01/09/2018
Thank you for being an ally!
$10
01/09/2018
Thank you for being an ally!
$10
01/08/2018
Thank you for being an ally!
$10
12/27/2017
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$200
11/10/2017
#HereForYou Journal
$35
11/07/2017
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$1,020
Amy
10/26/2017
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$50
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Just Because I Care

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Thank you for being an ally!

We will send you a #HereForYou laptop/cellphone sticker so you can wear your support with pride.

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#HereForYou Journal

We will send you a #HereForYou journal so you can show your support in meetings or while you're writing away in a coffee shop.

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#HereForYou Baseball Cap

For our sporty allies, the #HereForYou baseball cap shields your eyes and face from the sun, and shows your support to fellow hikers, bikers, and beach-goers.

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$75
#HereForYou Shirt or Tank

Your choice of unisex tank or tee!

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$100
Brand Ambassador and Friend of Project #HereForYou

As a #HereForYou Brand Ambassador, we will list your name on our website, and send you ten stickers to hand out to your fellow allies.

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution With No Reward

Just Because I Care

35 Supporters
Contribute
$10
Thank you for being an ally!

We will send you a #HereForYou laptop/cellphone sticker so you can wear your support with pride.

87 Left
13 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
#HereForYou Journal

We will send you a #HereForYou journal so you can show your support in meetings or while you're writing away in a coffee shop.

35 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
#HereForYou Baseball Cap

For our sporty allies, the #HereForYou baseball cap shields your eyes and face from the sun, and shows your support to fellow hikers, bikers, and beach-goers.

31 Left
9 Supporters
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$75
#HereForYou Shirt or Tank

Your choice of unisex tank or tee!

27 Left
3 Supporters
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$100
Brand Ambassador and Friend of Project #HereForYou

As a #HereForYou Brand Ambassador, we will list your name on our website, and send you ten stickers to hand out to your fellow allies.

15 Left
5 Supporters
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