Out of the Shadows: A PSA in Honor of Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

(St. Paul, MN) – Countless survivors of sexual violence suffer in silence in the shadows of pain, isolation and shame, the shadows of guilt and fear, the shadows of the institutions that protect perpetrators and a culture that blames victims. It can take a survivor years, even decades, and tremendous courage to step out of the shadows and into the light.

In this video, survivors of sexual violence share their stories—in their own words—of their time in the shadows and how they began their journeys toward hope and healing. They share their stories here to help shatter the myth that “they should have come forward sooner” and to show other survivors that they are not alone, that their stories are important, and that they will be believed and supported.

Thanks to the courageous survivors who shared their stories and voices.