What is sexual abuse?
According the American Psychological Association sexual abuse is unwanted sexual activity with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent. More than 90% of victims know their perpetrators. Immediate reactions to sexual abuse include shock, fear, and disbelief. Survivors demonstrate these emotions in many different ways that may or may not look like distress to untrained observers.Long-term effects of sexual abuse and rape include feelings of anxiety, fear, powerlessness, and post-traumatic stress disorder. While efforts to treat sex offenders remain unpromising, psychological interventions for survivors — especially group therapy — appears effective.
What is the difference between sexual abuse & assault?
When perpetrators use force that is immediate, of short duration, or is infrequent, the incident is referred to as a sexual assault rather than abuse. We support survivors of both traumas.
Are you working only to benefit the sister survivors of larry nassar?
No! We strive to support all survivors.
WHAT IS MY MONEY GOING TO?
The foundation will support survivors through small grants to nonprofit organizations that offer safe spaces for survivors, advocates for legislation that provides survivors better access to justice, and supports educating youth and communities about sexual assault and its repercussions. All funds will be used in support of the three goals. None of those involved in our foundation are paid.
What is the financial goal for the first round of fundraising?
Our goal is to raise $50,000 in our first national fundraising campaign. The campaign will launch October 30 and will continue for 90 days.
Can I give monthly donations?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer this giving option currently. We anticipate that this option will become available in 2019 to starting with Michigan residents only.
What are the tax implications of my donation?
The foundation filed for 501c3 status in August. Once the IRS approves the application, donations dated after Aug. 2, 2018, will be recognized as tax exempt.