Tell a New Story

As I was washing my hands, my boyfriend walks in the bathroom and says, "Happy Birthday". I'd just woke up so I was still half delusional and thought, "Wait, it's September?" lol

He remembered. Today is SASSU's birthday. Today, my baby turned 5 years old! Time sure does fly. Today I celebrate 5 years of growth, strength and resilience with SASSU. I celebrate 5 years of sharing my story with and providing service to communities, churches and schools but I also celebrate 9 years of being a survivor.

In August 2008, I experienced the most traumatic day of my life. A piece of me was violated. It took me a while to recover from it, too. Some days I remember so clearly what happened and it makes me sad but that's okay. Part of being a survivor of Sexual Violence is giving yourself permission to have the not-so good days but never allowing yourself to stay there. Love yourself all the way through it but actually move THROUGH it.

Last year, around this same…

SAAM -Start The Conversation

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is less than a month away. During the month of April, organizations, supporters and advocates across the world come together to bring awareness to Sexual Violence.

The Sexual Assault Awareness Month-2015 campaign is all about campus sexual violence prevention. It’s a call to action to create safer campuses and brighter futures for all. Everyone has a role to play in creating change.

This campaign is a toolkit for advocates, campus personnel, students and allies. National Sexual Violence Resource Center provides materials that can be used to engage the entire community to take action to end sexual assault. There are factsheets, posters, and planning tools to get you started HERE. There are also plenty of ways to spread the word about #SAAM on social media. From the It’s time to act video to share graphics and downloads, you can help us engage communities in talking about campus sexual violence prevention.

What will you do in your home, community or wo…

Hangout With Me on Google: Coping With Depression

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I Have The Power-with a capital P

We have reached the middle of Sexual Assault Awareness month so I wanted to check in. How are you going about spreading awareness?

A few weeks ago, I filmed a documentary with the help of Give Life Media about my experience with Sexual Assault in the very place that it happened. I really had every intention on going to that park and being strong. I didn't want to cry or feel sad but I did. In fact, I cried a few times (if you know me you know I am a huge cry baby) and that's OKAY. I chose to be vulnerable and reminded myself that there is strength in that. There is strength in my vulnerability. Now, I know that for some people that may seem to be a bit much;to go back to the place where something so traumatic happened. For me, that seemed PERFECT. No, it was  IS perfect.  To go back to the place where a man, a stranger who knows nothing of my awesome-ness (yes, that's a word ;-)) tried to violate my Spirit is POWERFUL. I took my Power back and no matter who you are and wha…

I am my Sister-Karyn Washington, Suicide and Me

People need us and we need people.

I wanted to take a moment aside from my efforts to raise awareness surrounding Sexual Assault and talk about this.

I just saw a post on Facebook that Karyn Washington, founder of "For Brown Girls" has transitioned. For Brown Girls is a blog that empowers women across the world to embrace their beautiful Black skin. She's also responsible for the #BlackSkinRedLip project. Though I have heard of Karyn prior to her passing through, I didn't know much about her.  I came across Ty Alexander's blog about Karyn and the conversation that they shared via email due to both of their dealings with depression. Both Ty and Karyn experienced the passing of their mothers. You can read the entire blog HERE.

Anyhow, what touched me was that Ty felt as if she could have been more transparent with Karyn regarding her depression and thoughts of suicide.

We deal with this, y'all. Depression. Suicide. We, as a community, experience this but we don…

SAAM- DAY 8- How I Express Myself