Karen Huger Shatters the Silence on BRAVO

Tune into the Real Housewives of Potomac on BRAVO this Sunday, May 21 when PAVE Ambassador Karen Huger bravely shatters the silence of sexual violence in her first televised interview about surviving sexual assault. Karen has been working with PAVE for several years and spoke at our event Champagne for Change alongside Don Lemon from

Love. Care. Heal.

  A junior at Georgetown Day School named Tyce has a passion for consent education and supporting survivors. She has dedicated her independent study to creating packages to help heal survivors. Please click here to donate and join us on May 21 for a fundraising event to support these efforts. Every 98 seconds, an American is

#ThreatsAreNotFreeSpeech

When Delaney Henderson was 16 years old, two boys from her high school sexually assaulted her. When she #ShatteredTheSilence, she was harassed and bullied relentlessly forcing her to change schools and move hundreds of miles away. A rap song was even written by Anthony Murillo where he explicitly threatened to kill Delaney and another underage

#IHaveTheRightTo

ACTION ALERT! Participate in the #IHaveTheRightTo campaign and support Chessy Prout! PAVE stands with courageous teen sexual assault survivor Chessy Prout! Last week, Owen Labrie was back in court seeking a new trial. Labrie, a former prep school student at St. Paul’s School, was convicted in 2015 of sexually assaulting his classmate as part of

PAVE Welcomes Alex Prout to the Board of Directors

We can never erase what happened to our daughter but we can pour every ounce of our energy into preventing other young people from rape and sexual assault.  Sending your child to boarding school, summer camp, or even to college, should not be a dangerous decision. -Alex Prout Alexander Prout has served as the Managing Director

The Silence Is Over

 The Silence Is Over: A Journey of Empowerment from Survivors of Sexual Abuses Submission Deadline:  May 15th, 2017 Sexual assault and abuse are traumatic experiences that cross political lines, country lines and gender lines. It’s a trauma no one should have to experience, but many all over the world do. And for those who have felt

Jean’s Two Year Survivor-versary

I decided not to be silent with my story, because the pain I felt could empower another.  Art for me has always been a coping mechanism, and I hope you can share in my pain, and my triumph today. I am forever grateful for PAVE, and excited to see the lives I can change with them by my side.

Trigger Warning: *sexual assault *eating disorders *suicide

Two years ago today, a high school junior named Jean was sexually assaulted and she felt powerless. She took her power back and used a photo project to help her heal on this two year “survivor-versary”.

Below is a series of photographs that depict my two year life journey. Two years ago, my power was stolen when I was sexually assaulted by a boy I was dating at the time. The pain from the assault was painful, but the aftermath left me begging for it all to end. The 3 painful weeks before I reported it, I felt numb and lifeless, but what was in store was even worse. After I reported, I was blamed by the police, and made to feel as if I was the criminal.

To make matters worse I was tormented at school for reporting and not protected from my perpetrator. I was forced to encounter him every day. I suffered from panic attacks, a eating disorder, and self harm addiction as a mechanism to attempt to control my pain. I had also attempted to take my own life several times. Even a year after my assault, the tormenting continued. A student at school had threatened my life and I had been threatened to be “raped” again. I felt unsafe and terrified. The school had referred to everything as a “misunderstanding” and failed to protect me and meet my needs. My life felt hopeless and my happiness had vanished.

Everything changed, when one day I felt power within, and knew something had to change. I researched an organization and was connected with a survivor named Delaney Henderson, who also connected me with her organization PAVE, and the founder Angela Rose. Together they fought for me endlessly and I was able leave my school and graduate. For the first time, in years I felt loved and was able to find my purpose. I decided not to be silent with my story, because the pain I felt could empower another. The support and friendship I have been given by Delaney and Angela, and other survivors I have been connected with, has been major stepping stones to my healing process. I still struggle but, to have other survivors understand my pain and struggles has allowed me to take my life back.

Two years later, I have decided to take the power that was taken from me back and share my story through photography. Art for me has always been a coping mechanism, and I hope you can share in my pain, and my triumph today. I am forever grateful for PAVE, and excited to see the lives I can change with them by my side. The pain I felt was immense but, the power we can form together is unbreakable.

Stay Strong. Love always, Jean xoxo 

Photo Credit: Delaney Henderson, Jenna Labbadia & Selena Baumgardner

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Changing Campus Culture Student Summit: PAVE’s Julia Dixon Presents Keynote Address to over 300

PAVE was proud to support the efforts of the Ohio Department of Higher Education for the Changing Campus Culture Student Summit. PAVE’s Julia Dixon presented the keynote address in the morning to more than 300 students and Title IX coordinators to the first-ever student summit dedicated to discussing ways to empower students to end sexual violence