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Everyone wants to feel heard, to feel like their story matters. To make your voice count, sign up for our newsletter to learn about ongoing legislative battles in your state and how to take action to push for positive change.
We put a lot of energy into celebrating Instagram-worthy wins, promotions, and milestones. But what about the smaller times when you decided to keep pushing through? Tag or share this with someone who deserves to celebrate their strength and resilience. 💚�jw
Survivors deserve to know what happens with their rape kit, hard stop. But many don't hear a thing—sometimes for years. We want to change that. Learn what your state does (or doesn't do) for survivors and how to push for reform here. #endthebacklog
Remember: If you’re struggling, reaching out is an immensely brave first step. Sort out what you want and need here.…
Strengthening Title IX so survivors of sexual assault and harassment can seek justice & learn in peace is always a good idea—especially after these protections have been weakened.
Everyone deserves healthy love. That means mutual respect, trust, care, and…what else? What does a healthy relationship mean to you? Write it out and share your thoughts with us below for #selfcaresunday
One of the greatest tests of love…is this quiz. But really! Let’s be honest: We could all use a relationship check-up from time to time. See how you and your partner are doing or share this with a friend who's feeling iffy, courtesy of @loveisrespect
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ICYMI: New legislation may help tighten the boyfriend loophole—but it’s not closed entirely. Learn what you need to know about restraining orders, misdemeanors, and how protection from gun violence could vary depending on where you live.
We have a huge goal: to end domestic abuse and sexual violence by pushing for stronger legislation and empowering survivors. But we need help. If you believe in our cause, please donate, share, and retweet. We will never stop fighting for you.
Change starts with survivors and allies who care. Join us to stay in the loop and take action to advocate for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.
If you’re considering legal action—like seeking a restraining order or filing for a divorce—step one is to know your rights. Connect with local advocates here, courtesy of @WomensLaw.
We envision a world free of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. One way to support our cause: Make a donation, retweet, and share. Together, we are so much stronger.
Prioritizing self-care is one of many ways survivors can take their power back—just by giving themselves the love and respect they deserve—every single day.…
“A validating response can make it easier for the person experiencing abuse to open up about what’s happening, understand that the abuse is not their fault and ultimately leave violent situations...” #supportsurvivors
Yes to this: Apple unveiled a “safety check” feature that allows you to rapidly block access to shared passwords, locations, and more. If you’ve recently gotten out of an abusive situation, this is one tool you can use to protect yourself.
Fun fact: Self-compassion experts say one of the best ways to take better care of yourself is to treat yourself as you would a friend. #selfcare…
BIPOC survivors deserve mental health care from people who see and understand the impacts of systemic racism and inequity, but finding culturally-competent therapists can be challenging. These resources can help.…
For decades, survivors and their allies have led the way to safer, kinder communities with powerful stories and legislation. Join us to stay in the loop and take action.
Huge thanks to Leah M. Forney (@leah_m_forney) for sharing her story and working with us and her community to #endthebacklog.
Holiday weekends can be stressful and sometimes lead to scary times. If you're worried for yourself or a loved one, you don't have to do this alone. Open a chat at, text “START” to 88788, or call 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
HAPPY #SELFCARESUNDAY! Need some ideas? 💚 Leave your phone at home and go outside 💙 Drink a glass of water 💚 Take 3 deep breaths 💙 Reach out to a trusted loved one 💚 **your favorite self-care routine here** What do YOU do for self-care?
Looking for a gift for a survivor in your life or want to treat yourself to something nice? You can’t go wrong with a soothing lavender-scented candle. 💜 Even better: 100% of proceeds supports our work.
Victim Compensation programs are vital to the well-being of victims of crime. But too often, survivors of sexual assault are left out of these programs. Find out more about this problem and what states can do to fix it in our newest ETB blog post.
What does a healthy relationship mean to you? What relationship green flags do you look out for?
‘Every child deserves a better future.’ Please read this. Incredibly brave and powerful. Thank you @debbiemillman Your courage and strength inspires.…
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Reproductive healthcare is essential for victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Now’s a good time to get to know your rights. Share this far and wide.
Our work is fueled by grassroots support. We’ve created a comprehensive page on our new #EndtheBacklog site that gives you all the information you need to support survivors and our work. See what you can do today.
OUT NOW: The Preventing Domestic Homicides audiobook – a text that examines global research on domestic homicide cases featuring an intro by our very own @Mariska. #GBV #IntimatePartnerViolence #DomesticAbuse
A catalog of books to help you on your journey as a survivor. #selfcaresunday
The more you know: Optometrists are an important part in our fight against domestic violence. 👓
Seeing traumatic events play out in the news can be damaging to your mental health. If you’re feeling like you need help, please remember there are resources available to you. You are not alone.
Not. Okay. Always, always, always: sexual assault cases – and survivors – matter. Full stop.
“Years passed before I realized my marriage wasn’t just hard, unpleasant and void of love…it was abusive. I never had bruises. Never had to go to the ER, but my self-worth was destroyed, and he nearly broke my spirit.” @NCADV
Have you checked our state map on #endthebacklog lately? Many more states have been updated from “no reform” to “some reform.” See where your state stands:
.@ENDTHEBACKLOG has been able to help many survivors find their success stories. Read Joanie’s and many more at our #endthebacklog website.
Testing kits promptly + putting abusers behind bars = saving more lives.
Curious about the history of pride month? Get the backgrounder and then join us in supporting all of the LGBTQ+ survivors in our community. #PrideMonth
Celebrating this big news out of Illinois → earlier this month the state cleared its backlog of rape kits!!!! #endthebacklog
“As a survivor, focusing on self-care helped me reclaim my body, and it can help others as well.” #selfcaresunday
Sendinig love and support to every courageous survivor that chooses to share their story. #SupportSurvivors
Did you know? @ENDTHEBACKLOG has well thought-out survivor resources ready for you. Take a look if you haven’t already! 👀
Could’a told ya that. 💪
Each of these survivor stories come with encouraging advice from the author. Telling our stories makes us stronger ✊
Worth another read: “It needs to be a priority in every community and every state. Don’t continue to push the problem down the road. Test the kits. Do the work.” #endthebacklog
This is why we need survivor-centered care at every level – from hospitals, to law enforcement.
This needs to change ➡ “Domestic violence has long been held…as a ‘personal’ problem rather than something that affects our community as a whole.”
❤️💛💚💙💜 Ha#PrideMonthonmSuf
Close. The. Loophole. All survivors deserve justice. #endthebacklog
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