Unspoken Voices

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Our CUrrent Work with our 2018 Fall School Tour


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Unspoken Voices was chartered and incorporated through the State of Minnesota in June of 2014. The organization exists to give a voice to those that have lost the strength, will, or ability to speak out. Click here to learn more about our cause.


Stand Up, Step In, Speak Out

Stand UP, Step IN, Speak OUT—our main program—is a culturally inclusive bystander training program to provide the education needed for a greater understanding of what personal, power-based violence is and the various precursors that often preclude an act of violence.

The main program mitigates the incidences of violence and sexual assault through effective peer and cultural influence. Unspoken Voices provides tools for individuals that encourage and empower them to feel comfortable and competent in becoming active rather than passive bystanders. The intervention tools used in this program are research-based and relevant to how individuals can engage and intervene in aggressive peer scenarios.

We try to look at issues from both sidesOur program encourages individuals to create the positive societal and cultural changes that we need. At no point do we point fingers or treat anyone as an offender or victim. We encourage everyone achieve a common goal together by facilitating, educating, listening, and advocating for justice and reconciliation.

This program focuses on violence prevention, awareness, and education; we also know that many subjects intersect with our program focus such as mental health, diversity and cultural understanding, and childhood education.

unSPOKEN VOICES: From Victim to Survivor

Our second initiative will be released later this year with the assistance of The Change Network. We are creating an incredible graphic novel written by six different authors. Each author shares a part of their story, working together to craft an entire picture that any reader can relate to.  Stay tuned for this inspiring piece, unSPOKEN Voices: From Victim to Survivor.

Victim’s Right to Review Law

In addition to these initiatives, Unspoken Voices has created a legislative bill which we will be meeting with senators and other organizations about in June and July. It would be headed "The Victim's Right to Review " bill. This bill has been created for the purpose of requiring the State of Minnesota to pass a Victims’ Right to Review Law, in which victims of Criminal Sexual Conduct, pursuant to MN Statutes 609.342; 609.343; 609.344; 609.345; and in certain cases, in which repeat offenses have been made, 609;3451, would have a right to an impartial review of criminal sexual conduct case in which a county attorney made the decision not to prosecute the case or to terminate proceedings. Victims will be notified of their right to seek a review when a prosecutor decides not to charge or to terminate the criminal proceedings involving that person as a victim. If the victim chooses to request the review of an above-mentioned decision regarding a case, a different prosecutor or the State Attorney General’s Office will be assigned the case, allowing for a determination on the validity of the original decision. The accused in the case would then be informed of any decision to reinstate proceedings.


COME SEE for yourself The Good Work We Advocate For


Bringing Safety for People In Need, Awareness to the Community, and Tools to Advocate for Social Justice.

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Unspoken Voices exists to give a voice to those who have lost the strength, will, or ability to speak out. This non-profit organization has been created to:

(I) give a voice to victim/survivors through empowerment, education, and advocacy, and;

(II) to give a voice to each of us, encouraging us to become active bystanders willing to effect positive change.

We, as individuals and community members, have the ability to say that violence is not okay. We will use our voices to intercede, support, educate through videos, skits & theater, and protect each other, our families, and our communities!

Unspoken Voices has various ways of engaging the bystander and advocating for the victim/survivor. We do this through educational training sessions, personal and community advocacy, creating and participating in various awareness events, and other measures.


For Further Reading

Unspoken Voices is pleased to release our DV awareness campaign: #Fckurexcuses. There is no excuse for violence. TRIGGER WARNING

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we Educate & serve

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Areas of Training

Areas of Violence Prevention Program Focus

Areas of Diversity & Cultural Program Focus

  • LGBTQ Safe Zone Training
  • LGBTQ Intersectionality between Homosexuality and Religion
  • Cyclical Poverty in America
  • Other Trainings available based upon the needs of your community/organization

Areas of Mental Health Advocacy Program Focus

  • PTSD Awareness and Resource Training
  • Mental Health and Microagressions within our Society
  • Mental Health and the American Stigmatization
  • Body Image and Prevention
  • Other Trainings available based upon the needs of your community/organization

Other Areas of Training Available

  • Literacy, Poverty, and Crime; Where is the Correlation?
  • Literacy among Lower, Middle, and Upper Classes
  • The Importance of Literacy Intervention before 3rd Grade

New Programming

Stand UP, Step IN, Speak OUT

This bystander intervention project was conducted using qualitative and quantitative measures. Included in the demographic of individuals surveyed were multiple groups including—but not limited to—providers of services for survivors of sexual assault and violence, members of the the Latinx, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized communities throughout Minnesota. We have applied this project in people's existing connections within these communities to conduct authentic engagement and solicit honest feedback about bystander-intervention programs, as well as consultation with individuals that identify as part of a marginalized community. This research, combined with peer-reviewed bystander dynamics research has led to the creation of our bystander program.

Social Justice Arts Troupe

We present our bystander intervention program interactively.  What that means is that we have designed it to engage the student at a level that they are comfortable with. To this end, Unspoken Voices created the Social Justice Troupe. The Troupe is made up of artists and activists with the common goal of utilizing the emotionally persuasive power of art to spread information and create change. In addition to universities and schools, Unspoken Voices has also performed for the larger community. Various venues include outdoor festivals, such as the 2017 TC Pride Festival. Regardless of the venue, one key element is consistent; audience members are invited to see where they fit into each scenario. The social justice troupe has addressed issues of bullying, domestic violence and violence issues that involve the general public.

As our experienced troupe grows, we will continue to find new ways to bridge social justice and the arts through theater, dance, visual arts, film, and other media. Transformation is best achieved when people are open and willing to change, and the arts have the power to not only entertain, but also open up audiences to new ideas and information.

By bringing people together in a creative setting, the troupe hopes to reach people in a way that can begin discussion and spread this vital message to a wider audience in an effective and powerful way.


[A]s a visual learner it was easier to actually see these types of things taking place [in Unspoken Voices’ presentation] and it was easier to accept. Instead of it being awkward in a boring lecture, it really showed me how these things matter.
— Minor, Name Withheld
The Unspoken Voices Troupe came to our classroom and delivered an amazing performance and interactive experience!!! My students STILL talk about the important message and how much fun they had!!
— Nikki Bettcher Erickson – Teacher and Theater Artist
Kilo, I truly believe in what you have done and what you are doing — you are in every sense of the word a hero to me.
— Retired Senior Special Agent - Retired Chief, Behavioral Sciences Education & Training Division, United States Army Military Police School - Internationally Recognized Subject Matter Expert & Speaker
This program, especially this year, presents topics that students deal with on a daily basis. The humor infused into the skits helps approach these areas. Unspoken Voices is able to reach a lot of youth with this program.
— Teacher Mary Hanson – Willmar Middle School
Unspoken Voices provides a vital resource for survivors of sexual assault in Greater MN. KiloMarie, who is the Executive Director of UV, shows bravery and commitment in assisting folks who would not have any place to turn to for healing resources in Northern MN. I would love to see this organization grow larger so that they can help even more survivors find their own, personal, empowered voices.
— Esmé Rodríguez- School Equity Director, OutFront MN
KiloMarie and her team have shown that the best way to teach is through engaging, didactic presentations—an approach they achieve, hands down. As a trauma survivor herself, her passion for teaching indicates to me that she’s the real deal — trauma doesn’t have to win the day, and people can learn tactics to find resilience.
— Daniel D. Maurer, Award Winning Author of "Endure: The Power of Spiritual Assets for Resilience to Trauma & Stress"