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Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services of the San Juan Islands' Fundraiser:

DVSAS of the San Juans

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THE STORY:

We have accepted NO MORE's challenge!  DVSAS of the San Junas will be using the money raised here to continue our efforts to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, because everyone deserves to live free from abuse.

Please open your eyes and your heart as you look at…

The tear stained face of a 20-something woman who spent two hours getting ready for a date, only to not remember anything past the after dinner drink until she woke up the next morning, bloody and sore.

Or here’s the angry face of a 10-year-old boy who was sexually assaulted in the bathroom on our local ferry.

Or how about the fear filled face of a 4-year-old girl whose grandfather shattered her heart and her trust when he took advantage of her innocence.

Here’s the hopeless face of a 32 year old woman who is forced to flee with her two children in the middle of the night because her partner is in a violent rage...again.

Then there is the 14-year-old girl whose face shows confusion and pain because her teacher broke the law and her heart when he used his position to manipulate her into giving herself away.

Here is the pain filled face of a 26 year old whose same sex partner is using control to keep the sexual assault in their relationship a secret.

One last example is the discouraged face of a 43-year-old man who finally realized the pain he was struggling with all these years was from wounds he suffered as a child at the hands of his religious leader.

Statistics tell us that 1 in 5 women is a survivor of rape, and 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lives.  The number one reason women are hospitalized in America is a result of domestic violence.

Doesn’t it break your heart to know that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys will be sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday.  And locally over 95% of children who are sexually assaulted know and trust their abuser. 

These numbers and faces are your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends.  And there IS something you can do about it! 

Educate yourself on the signs and dynamics of abuse.  Then find out about the resources available in your community so you can be ready to help.  And lastly support the non-profit agencies that are here to change these faces of pain into faces of healing and thriving.

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