VSC Voice | February 2021
Mary Onama
Hello,

Our hearts are filled with gratitude.

We appreciate your acts of kindness and support which have continued to help us create a place of healing for survivors and education in the community about violence prevention programs, training and awareness.

This month as we celebrate Black history, Valentine's Day and the gift of love, we also recognize the courage and strength of survivors of sexual assault and physical violence and many advocates like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and John Lewis who have led the way for justice and healing. Many people may not be aware that Rosa Parks, known for civil rights advocacy was also an advocate for victims of sexual assault. Representing the NAACP, Rosa Parks rallied support for victims of rape and helped Recy Taylor who was gang raped in 1944 to report her rape. (A preview of documentary "The Rape of Recy Taylor" is available on YouTube.)

We encourage everyone to join us in building an environment in which those who are suffering from the trauma of victimization can feel safe, supported, heard and validated.
 
"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you," said Maya Angelou, the great poet laureate and a survivor of sexual assault.

By expressing words of kindness that acknowledges a person's feelings of hurt, pain and suffering, you can help build a supportive and healing environment.
 
Your generosity to VSC through donations, contributions, and participation in fundraising activities and joining our volunteer corps to help on our crisis hot line makes it possible for us to serve survivors and their loved ones as they go through their journey of healing.

Let’s spread the seeds of kindness, love and support and build a healing environment for all in our community.

Together we can make a difference.

Mary Onama, LMSW
Executive Director
Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Inc.
It's time for Survivor Love Letters!
Feeling creative? Now is a wonderful time to show support for survivors on social media. Founded by activist Tani Ikeda, the Survivor Love Letter project asks allies of survivors to post messages of love, support, and affirmation on social media with the hashtag #SurvivorLoveLetter.

How to join our #SurvivorLoveLetter Campaign

  1. Create a supportive message to survivors (without names, please).
  2. Post your message to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using #SurvivorLoveLetter and tagging @vscmontcopa.
  3. Follow us on social media as we share our favorites.

If you're not a social media user, you may email your Survivor Love Letter to us at vscmontcopa@vscmontcopa.org.