Guidance. Resources. Awareness. Compassion. Education.
GRACE for Survivors connects faith leaders with sexual assault service providers to help meet the healing needs of survivors who seek comfort from faith communities.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, and as the media focuses on survivors who come forward to tell their stories, men and women are disclosing their sexual assaults more than ever before. It is now a part of everyday conversation in service agencies, at offices, during dinner parties, on social media, in schools and college campuses, and in faith communities. Oftentimes survivors will first reach out to faith leaders for support, understanding, and to find healing after an assault. We also know that 70% of Arkansans believe that religion is very important to them, with over 40% attending a religious service once a week, and nearly 50% attending a faith or religious group at least once a month (Pew Research, 2014). In response to these cultural shifts, GRACE for Survivors aims to provide guidance, resources, awareness, compassion, and education to survivors and the faith communities that support them. Knowing what to say after someone discloses sexual assault can be difficult. We aim to help faith communities feel better equipped with the training and resources necessary to best address the needs of adult survivors. In addition, because GRACE for Survivors values diversity and inclusion and embraces all faiths, beliefs, practices, and religions, we plan to build partnerships with faith communities that reflect the diverse beliefs of the residents of Northwest Arkansas.
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