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There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in this important movement without cramping your lifestyle. Below are some ideas. Choose the one that speaks to you, or make up your own! This is a creative movement, so be creative!
Social sharing is one of the easiest ways to educate others about child sexual abuse. People love music videos and memes. Share the (Welcome Home) Fiona music video with a heartfelt comment about why it is important to you or how it made you feel. The video will help survivors to know they are not alone, and will help everyone else understand what it’s like for survivors trying to heal from child sexual abuse.
Plus, at the end of the video, there is an important announcement and links to other CSA-related videos as well. This is an easy, non-threatening way for people to get access to important information about child sexual abuse prevention and healing resources.
For survivors, sharing our stories, feelings, struggles and healing liberates us from the bonds of shame and secrecy that have bound us for so long. It offers those struggling hope for themselves and their situation, and possibly the courage to break their own chains of silence. For our friends and family, it offers a glimpse into our world so that they can better understand us, which is the first step in building safe, trusting and loving relationships.
At The Fiona Project, we know that artistic endeavors offer great healing, so we acknowledge our stories through our art, music and poetry. If you’re a survivor, please consider sharing your original creative work as a declaration of liberty and empowerment–both for yourself and as a resource to help others. Click here to submit your original art, music, poetry, photography or other creative work for publication in our Survivors Speak arts blog.
Do you enjoy entertaining? Have room for 10 or 20 fans to come together and listen to some great music (indoors or out)? Help us #UndotheTaboo and bring important awareness to your neighborhood by hosting a house concert!
Contact a local musician you enjoy and ask them if they do house concerts. Then invite your friends, family and neighbors to enjoy an intimate evening of music in your home. Make your favorites food to serve or try BYOB and have a picnic or potluck-style gathering.
And remember to explain to your musical guest the purpose of your event. They may give you a special discount or even volunteer their time and play for CD and merch sales only! You never know.
And if cost is a concern, you can always request that your guests pay a ticket cost to participate to help cover your costs. Many people are very familiar with buying tickets for this style of event.
PS. Remember to download the host kit for your event too, so you can share some important talking points during your “welcome” and “thank you” before and after the musician plays. We can also send you some quarter-page flyers to hand out with prevention tips and resources. Click here for our concert kit for hosts.
Are you a musician or an artist? Do you have ties to a music or arts program or school? If you already have a public presence, support our mission with a mention that you are a Fiona Project Music & Arts Partner, a music movement for child sexual abuse prevention and healing.
If you particpate in an event where you can mention child sexual abuse and the importance of prevention education and supporting survivors, tag us in your social media marketing and we’ll add your event to the Fiona Project calendar for added exposure.
You can also include one of our “Proud Member” graphics on your website linked to thefionaproject.org, and we will add you to our Partners page with a reciprocal link! (Backlinks are awesome!) Just install the graphic and send us your link and we’ll get you on our website.
And of course, sharing CSA prevention tips or healing resources at your events is always an incredible boost for CSA awareness if it’s possible for you to work that in.
For more information, check out our concert kit for performers and artists.
Knowledge is power. Sharing our events and posts as appropriate helps bring prevention awareness to the public, even if it’s just posts about CSA-related stuff happening in the news. And always be sure to include a personal comment when sharing anything on social media. People don’t want to just read articles. They may become interested because they know and like *you* and it’s something you are passionate about!
The Fiona music video is now online, and thanks to our wonderful volunteers, sponsors and supporters, concerts have been performed in various cities from coast-to-coast across the United States and also in Europe. But there is always more work to be done!
If you have expertise in any of the following that you would be willing to contribute to our program, it would be greatly appreciated!
Click here to volunteer. No effort is too small.
Your donation will support child sexual abuse prevention and survivor support through music and arts events and trusted partner programs. (Donations are not tax deductible.)
And last, but not least…
The best thing you can do to help others, is to help yourself heal.
Any survivor can understand that remembering your abuse is probably the last thing you want to do. It’s ugly. It’s painful. It may still be frightening even. But getting help is crucial for that little child inside that was hurt so badly.
When you can finally speak freely about your abuse, then you know that your inner-child is starting to feel safe and get healthy. Your whole life will change. You will stop having seemingly random feelings of anger and frustration. Things that used to trigger you will become more and more manageable. It’s worth the short-term pain for the long-term gain of a more peaceful, happier life with better relationships and better self-care.
Avoidance and denial does not heal sexual abuse; but looking it square in the face, accepting, grieving and getting help will.
You can do it!!!!! And then, maybe you can help someone else do it too.