• Welcome

    We Are #HereForYou

  • What We Do

    Over the past few years, we've started talking about sexual assault with more compassion and outrage than ever before. But few conversations center on the psychological effects of sexual assault, and how we can best support survivors suffering from PTSD and other mental health conditions in our communities.

     

    We are on mission to raise awareness for thoughtful allyship and reasonable workplace accommodations that help survivors of sexual assault suffering from PTSD and other mental health conditions thrive.

     

    Disclaimers: We built this website for informational purposes, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. If you have any legal concerns or need legal advice, please contact an attorney. Project #HereForYou is not intended to replace the advice of a mental health professional. If you or anyone you know is in need of professional help, please call the free, confidential, 24-hour National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673 or the free, confidential, 24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

  • Definitions

    PTSD

    "PTSD (post=traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. [...] PTSD can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of weakness. A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will have PTSD, many of which are not under that person's control. For example, having a very intense or long-lasting traumatic event or getting injured during the event can make it more likely that a person will develop PTSD. PTSD is also more common after certain types of trauma, like combat and sexual assault.

     

    — U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, National Center for PTSD

    Complex PTSD

    "Many traumatic events (e.g., car accidents, natural disasters, etc.) are of time-limited duration. However, in some cases people experience chronic trauma that continues or repeats for months or years at a time. The current PTSD diagnosis often does not fully capture the severe psychological harm that occurs with prolonged, repeated trauma. People who experience chronic trauma often report additional symptoms alongside formal PTSD symptoms, such as changes in their self-concept and the way they adapt to stressful events."

     

     

     

    — U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, National Center for PTSD

    PTSD Symptoms

    Survivors of sexual assault suffering from PTSD may experience trauma-related arousal and reactivity, including:

    • Hypervigilance
    • Heightened startle reaction
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Difficulty sleeping
    — U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, National Center for PTSD

    Relevance to Physical Health

    "A growing body of literature has found a link between PTSD and physical health. Some studies have found that PTSD explains the association between exposure to trauma and poor physical health. In other words, trauma may lead to poor health outcomes because of PTSD."

     

     

    — U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, National Center for PTSD
  • Survivors

    We are #HereForYou.

    You are not alone.

    If you are experiencing any type of mental health crisis—any painful emotion for which you need support—CrisisTextLine.org can help. Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support for people in crisis, via text.

     

    Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a culturally competent Crisis Counselor—a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving.

    You have rights.

    As a survivor of sexual assault suffering from depression, PTSD, CPTSD, or other mental health conditions, you may have the right to reasonable workplace accommodations that will allow you to thrive at your job and in your career.

     

    The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission has resources that can help you understand your legal rights and guide you through the process of receiving an accommodation. To learn more, visit the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, or download the PDF file below.

  • Colleges

    #HereForYou on Campus

    We are thrilled to bring Project #HereForYou to college- and university campuses across the country. We support student groups interested in organizing events that educate allies on how best to support survivors in their communities, and that bring allies and survivors together. In partnership with The Uncomfortable Conversation we have created a curriculum your student group can use to facilitate events.

     

    Please don't hesitate to reach out if you would like to learn more. We're excited to plan with you!

  • Employers

    Supporting survivors is good business.

    Here's how you can help.

    Many survivors of sexual assault suffer from PTSD and other mental health conditions. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has compiled a list of practical solutions employers can implement to support survivors of sexual assault in the workplace and foster their success.

     

    To learn more about PTSD, the symptoms, and possible accommodations, visit JAN's Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or download the PDF below.

  • Allies

    Sometimes being #HereForYou means having an #UncomfortableConversation. We are proud to partner with The Uncomfortable Conversation to educate allies on how to support survivors of sexual assault in their communities. We've included some of our favorite videos below.

    How to support a survivor

    You can't fix it. You can't make the pain go away. But you can hold the space for the survivor.

    How to drop assumptions about a survivor on a date

    We all have baggage. Seriously. All of us.

     

    How not to freak out when a friend is assaulted

    A guy finds out his cousin was sexually assaulted while playing basketball with a friend. Should he organize a beat-down? Probably not.

     

    How to be there for a friend who is a survivor

    Once the immediate trauma subsides, survivors still need support when they are triggered or during anniversaries. It's one thing to be a friend in a crisis, but it's another to consider how sexual assault might impact your friend for the long term. Show your support by checking in, asking for what they need, and making it happen.

     

    How to Respond to Sexual Violence Without Interrogation

    When someone you know is sexually assaulted, it's time to be a friend - not a detective.

     

    How to Be There for a Friend Who Was Just Sexually Assaulted

    When a friend is sexually assaulted, you might have some ideas about what he or she should do about it. It might be hard, but put your friend back in control of his or her life. Believe them. Express empathy, no matter how they respond. And empower them to make their OWN choices about reporting, healing, and justice

    How to Bring up a Friend's Sexual Assault

    After a friend discloses they are a survivor, how do you bring it back up again? Maybe you are afraid that raising it will upset them? Maybe you are waiting for them to bring it up? Here's how to break the ice with someone, and open up the space for more conversation - if, and when your friend is ready.

  • Shop #HereForYou

    Jewelry that connects survivors and allies.

    We are proud to partner with Brett Lauren to introduce a line of #HereForYou bracelets for survivors and their allies.

     

    In line with awareness ribbon colors, our bracelets are available in navy blue jade, in solidarity with survivors of childhood sexual abuse; in purple agate, in solidarity with survivors of domestic violence; in white jade, in solidarity with survivors of violence against women; and in teal jade, in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault. Each bead is wrapped in Brett's signature gold or silver bezel, and includes a #HereForYou charm. Brett Lauren employs women from residential homeless shelters, who make each each piece by hand in the United States.

     

    Our #HereForYou bracelets make beautiful—and meaningful—gifts:

    • For a survivor reporting their assailant
    • For a survivor going through a difficult time
    • For an ally, who has been #HereForYou
    • For yourself!
    To view the collection and place an order, please visit our store.
  • Blog

    August 9, 2017 · Law Enforcement,Reporting,Sexual Assault
  • Who We Are

    A team of volunteers and friends excited to be #HereForYou.

    Our Team

    Miriam Joelson, Co-Founder + CEO

    Anne Kauth, Co-Founder + COO

    Julia Shin, Director of Design

    Shirley Wu, Director of Brand Identity

    Sarah Levy, Director of Communications

    Our Board

    Einat Sandman Clarke, Senior Counsel, Google

    Vivian Graubard, Director of Strategy, New America

    Miriam Joelson, Board Chair, Co-Founder, CEO, Project #HereForYou

    Linda Jones Easton, Senior Vice President of HR, Democracy Prep Public Schools

    Jonathan Kalin, Founder, Party with Consent

    Anne Kauth, Co-Founder + COO, Project #HereForYou

    Our Friends and Brand Ambassadors

    Einat Sandman Clarke, Google

    Daniel Davis, Google

    Cecille DeSimone, Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital

    iFundWomen

    Jess Ladd, Project Callisto

    Carlos Lejnieks, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties (NJ)

    Seth Rosenberg, Greylock Partners

    James Sanders, BreakoutEDU

    Alaina Urbahns, UC Hastings School of Law

    Josh Wallace, Actor

    Erin Washington, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

    Our Partners

    Sarah Beaulieu, Founder, The Uncomfortable Conversation

    Brett Krugman, Founder, Brett Lauren

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