Over 20 years of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender based violence), we have seen communities come together to centralize the voices of women, embodying the idea that nothing is more powerful than when women tell their stories.
To share one’s story is an immense act of both strength and vulnerability. In the midst of the Kavanaugh nomination process, we acknowledge that this is a difficult and vulnerable time for survivors and activists.
When Dr. Christine Blasey Ford delivered her testimony, many survivors recognized their own painful experiences within her own. As Kavanaugh proceeds towards the final steps of nomination, we witness the cyclical nature of sexual violence in spaces of power. We encourage all who are affected by the triggering nature of these trials and political climate to take care of their emotional and mental health.
As the nomination continues to bring forth often-painful feelings, we must remind our communities and ourselves that support is available:
National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224
With creativity and determination, V-activists and survivors around the world tirelessly work to end harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery. They raise funds and awareness for rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters that survivors turn to.
As part of your process of healing and moving forward, we invite you to gather your community through art and creative resistance, and raise funds and awareness to end violence against all women and girls.
V-Day: Say It, Stage It – Produce a V-Day Benefit as an Artistic Uprising at your college/university, in your community
One Billion RISING: Rise In Solidarity – RISE in your community, for your community
City of Joy: Turn Pain to Power – Screen the Documentary, Support the Women in DR Congo
Until The Violence Stops