SILENCE IS NOT COMPLIANCE
We are no longer VICTIMS. We are SURVIVORS.
In the time it takes you to finish reading this page, four women will have been sexually assaulted. It is estimated that one in six people will be a victim of sexual violence in their lifetime, and nearly thirty thousand people are currently being trafficked for sexual exploitation. Despite these horrible facts, rape and human trafficking are rarely spoken about on national platforms. Individual assault cases are lumped into statistics, and filed away in boxes. Because of this, I founded Silence Is Not Compliance (SINC), an organization that advocates for survivors of sexual assault and educates students on how to prevent and properly respond to sexual violence.
The real journey of SINC started in a cold, dark, and dirty room of a rural police department as two officers pressed into me trying to find a reason to justify my rapist’s actions. Current policies treat survivors as tools for prosecution rather than victims deserving of rescue. Rehabilitation resources such as counseling, transitional housing, and medical assistance are used as bargaining chips to sway a victim into testifying or remaining silent, depending on if the district attorney feels they can win the case or not. In the beginning stages of SINC’s development, it was difficult to balance my personal pain and my desire to help others. Initially I drafted a mission statement to influence increased jail time for predators, but realized my motivations were out of pain and revenge. At the core, what I really want to do is help survivors heal and educate others on how they can protect themselves. I’ve come to realize that to get to where I want to be in the future, I must be active in the present, and I can’t be present while focusing on my past. When I accepted my experience, and let it go, SINC’s mission and purpose blossomed.
Our mission is to prevent sexual violence, advocate for survivors when legislation is being developed, and connect rape victims with the rehabilitation resources they need. Since launching in 2016, SINC has grown exponentially with volunteers and pledged subscribers across the nation. SINC lobbies on behalf of sexual assault survivors, educates middle and high school students on how to prevent and respond to an attack, and serves as a resource to rape victims in need of counsel. Each subscriber receives a free SINC Service Starter Kit. Each volunteer, including myself, gives presentations in their community. I have given many prevention and response presentations to schools in the DC area. SINC has garnered attention in both the media and on Capitol Hill. On behalf the organization, I have lobbied DC Councilmembers and members of the House of Representatives at our Nation’s Capital in Washington, DC, which has resulted in an established partnership with The Victims’ Right Caucus. SINC has also partnered with other organizations including Brown Girl Wellness, DC Urban Debate League, and MedLove. The SINC website calls for readers to “pledge” if they believe in the mission and want to be informed of relevant legislation and service opportunities. With the help and voices of pledged like minded individuals, awareness will continue to grow. In the immediate future, SINC is in need of more volunteers in each state so that our mission can garner a national impact.
I will continue to share my personal testimony as a rape survivor, giving a voice to those who chose to remain silent and serve as an advocate for their needs. Survivors will no longer be just a statistic or a box in evidence, and neither will I.
THE HARD TRUTH
Every 2 minutes an American is sexually assaulted. (RAINN)
1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. (RAINN)
1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. (RAINN)
97% of offenders will never see a day in jail. (RAINN)