“Battling with PTSD has been one of the most difficult times of my life. As a survivor the feelings of isolation and loneliness have been amplified further. So many times despite screaming, crying and pleading for help. I have often like many women been denied the support I need to truly over come my trauma.”- Micha- Co founder of SANE SISTAS
Much trauma research focuses on male combat veterans, yet women actually have double the rate of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as men! While combat veterans have high rates of PTSD and suicide and also deserve our attention, so do women sexual assault and abuse survivors. Societal reactions and the way misogyny feeds our view of the victim, makes recovery a hard if not impossible task. We are denied, unheard, shamed and silenced. A huge link to womens mental health is surviving gender based violence. This is a battle generations of my family have faced, this is not the fate I want for my daughter or the future generations to come.
“Far too long we have been ignoring our women; we do so by labeling them hysterical, dramatic, crazy. But young women show the highest rate of suicide in the UK. Its time to stop writing them off and start listening to their truths” – Caroline Harroe-Harmless CEO
SANE SISTAS WANT CHANGE! So what are we doing and what do we want more of…
SAFE SURVIVOR SPACES-This includes: Female only peer sessions lead with lived experience, protected space in family courts and our women only events across the east midlands.
FEMALE SUICIDE EXISTS AND IS RISING IN YOUNG WOMEN – The tomorrow project is a vital project that will end if we do not support it 40% of our proceeds will go back into keeping it going.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COERCIVE AND NARCISSISTIC IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH – Our workshops and talks from survivors share the real impact. We believe survivors should be at the forefront of discussions in how we access and are supported through our trauma recovery after abuse. We not only want but need the systems set to protect us to understand and educate themselves so we are not retraumatised.
HYSTERIA NEEDS TO BE LEFT IN THE VICTORIAN TIMES, YET IF A WOMEN SPEAKS UP ABOUT EXPERIENCES OF TRAUMA SHE IS STILL STAMPED DOWN WITH IT. STILL SILENCED. HELP SANE SISTAS STAMP HYSTERIA FOR GOOD.
But more than anything….TO BE HEARD !
We recently have been silenced yet again by the circus of Brexit. The hard work that went into to Domestic Abuse Bill, set a aside. Like women are not dying and children failed daily… ENOUGH.
In memory, respect and solidarity to the women who have been; silenced by their perpetrator or the system, who put hard work into the domestic abuse bill to see it fall, that didn’t meet the criteria to be supported by a service, who are told their abuse doesn’t have enough evidence for the CPS, who are told “maybe if you didn’t dress that way”, who are ordered to have contact with their perpetrator by the family court and told to “let go of the past” that they are still living.
For the launch the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls). Micha (SANE SISTAS Co- Founder & Survivor) will be spending November the 25th and 26th at the National Justice museum, in silence, with her mouth taped and surrounded by stories and words of the women I have met on my journey. One day will be in a cell and the other, in the project lab.
Proceeds will support SANE SISTAS survivor safe space events and workshops. We will be donating 40% of profits made to Nottinghams HARMLESS – Tomorrow project (a suicide and crisis support service that is sadly going to end due to lack of funds). We want to make sure women and children have today, tomorrow and future. Free and safe from violence, not just heard but BELIEVED.
PLEASE SUPPORT, PLEASE SHARE!
LOVE AND LIGHT, KEEP UP THE FIGHT.
WE CAN GET JUSTICE IF WE UNITE
Fundraising link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/victorsnotvictimsbignightout