Break The Silence Day
Mark Your Calendars for August 16, 2017!
by KiloMarie Granda, Unspoken Voices Founder
For the first time, a governor of a state in our nation has declared a day for victim/survivors of sexual assault. On July 26th, 2017, Governor Dayton of Minnesota issued a proclamation declaring August 16th as Break the Silence Day.
This historic event invites, "Survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape to publicly speak their names and tell their stories in solidarity with others choosing to do the same."
Each participant may choose to participate in an online photography project, attend a truth-telling event in the state capitol, Saint Paul, or post on social media with #BreakTheSilenceDay. Break the Silence Day takes into consideration that speaking out is the personal choice of the survivor, and supports the decision each survivor makes.
We at Unspoken Voices are here to support the survivors of any power-based violence. However, the choice of speaking out is up to the survivor. We encourage survivors to make their decisions based on their own personal well-being, without any manipulation or influence.
What we at Unspoken Voices will do, and encourage others to do the same, is to respect the decisions of each survivor. Whichever decision the survivor makes, allies, and others should spread awareness for the Break the Silence Day, August 16th, 2017.
For more information, please feel free to reach out and contact us at Unspoken Voices.