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April 2024

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This month is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Autism Awareness Month! Join us as we discuss our programming for social workers at local colleges, resources available for sexual assault survivors and some of our favorite organizations founded by and for autistic people!


 

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A Survivor's Voice


In March, our Founder, Alyson Wick was a guest speaker for "A Survivor's Voice" at Capital University, with Nora Flanagan, MFA, RASS.

 

This event was open to Capital University graduate school counseling students. Students learned what helped our Founder heal in therapy, outside of therapy, and which trauma informed approaches were conducive to her healing journey.

 

Attendees walked away with tangible tools and immediately accessible resources for survivors. This was free service event from CAP in order to enhance the knowledge of the trauma surrounding sexual assault, and what can be helpful responses to sexual assault survivors for the future.

 

Would your college be interested in having a similar presentation?

 

Email us at survivorcards@gmail.com with subject "A Survivor's Voice" 


 

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March Card Drive


Thank you to everyone who wrote Survivor Cards for our drive benefitting The Center for Family Safety and Healing!

 

With your help, we were able to help them with over 50 cards, in both English and Spanish!

We hope to collaborate with them again in the future.


 

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March Book Drive


Thank you to everyone who donated books to our March book drive benefiting the Clermont County Juvenile Detention Center!

With your help, we were able to provide them with over 200 books (both used and new) for the 12-18 year olds in their custody.



 

Upcoming



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Survivor Cards' Sizzling Summer Raffle!

Mark your calendars for July 12-14th and follow us on Facebook for more updates.

An online, summer raffle and fundraiser is coming your way!

This event will run Friday-Sunday and include opportunities to buy raffle tickets to buy entries to win awesome items, like:

Handmade Stationery Sets from Cincinnati's own Lori Manning,

A giant Raising Cane's gift basket with gift cards, merch and gift cards,

Self-Care items like face masks, nail sets, bath bombs & more!

Want to provide a donated prize?

Contact Alyson Wick at 567-303-2275 or email us at survivorcards@gmail.com

Deadline for prize drop-off will be Sunday, June 30th.

Prizes will be marked whether they are digital, pick-up only or available to be shipped!


 

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Girl Scout Event

Do you have a Brownie or Junior Girl Scout in your family in the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio service unit area?

Join us on June 2nd from 6 - 8 PM for Spreading the Love with Survivor Cards!

"One small act of kindness can cause a ripple effect and change someone's life! Girls will learn age-appropriate mental health tools and trauma-intervention skills at this program. They will then use what they've learned, along with Girl Scout core values to provide hope and healing words to a person in need with handwritten cards. Fun Patch included. After registering, please navigate to your My Events tab and select this event. There, you will find a link to a PDF confirmation with further information about the program."

The program costs $5 per girl, but is free for adults.


 

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Girl Boss Walking - Anderson

Our women's walking group is back and better than ever!

Formerly known as Hot Girls Walking - Anderson, we were forced to change our name due to Facebook's newest policies.

Still the same group with the same values!

Join us this Friday, April 19th at 6 PM for a walk at Beech Acres!

All women of all ages, abilities and backgrounds welcome.

Join our private Facebook group to find walking buddies, plan walks & more!


 

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Sexual Assault Survivor Resources

 

This month, we'd like to reshare some of our favorite national and local resources for survivors of trauma:

 

National Crisis Resources

800-656-4673 - 24/7

Online Chat Option

RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and is in partnership with over 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country.


1-800-799-7233 - 24/7

Online Chat Option or text "start" to 88788

Get help, plan for safety, identify abuse or get connected to local resources.

1-800-273-8255 - 24/7

Online Chat Option 

Free and confidential help, with connection to crisis services.

You can also dial 988 in some cases to reach them quickly.

Text HOME to 741741 - 24/7 line or visit their website for chat and WhatsApp options

Dial 211 or text “211CARES” to 51555 – Usually 24/7!Local Resources and Services such as financial assistance, non-profit mental health services and addiction recovery referrals

877-565-8860 - 24/7

Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support.

They're run by and for trans people.

1-866-488-7386 - 24/7

Online Chat Option or text 'START' to 678-678 

Suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQIA+ youth

Live chat is available weekdays 9-5 ET

1-888-373-7888 - 24/7

Local (Non-Crisis) Resources

 

EmpowHer & Move - A leadership development and fitness summer program for high-school girls who live in Anderson Township and Newtown, OH. Participants embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, leadership empowerment, friendship and physical and mental fitness!

 

Tristate Trauma Network - Offers high-quality training to service-industry professionals on trauma-responsive care and educating the public on how trauma plays a crucial role in our emotions,

behaviors, and ultimately, our futures.

 

Lighthouse Youth & Family Services - Mental health services, including same-day assessments, as well as youth housing, emergency shelter, community juvenile justice services, residential treatment, and foster care and adoption for children 0-24.


 

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Alternatives to Autism Speaks

 

As most people know by now, Autism Speaks, while large and well-known is not a good organization for autistic people and has a history of providing harmful resources and practices.

 

This April, consider lighting it up red instead of blue (Autism isn't sad!), using the infinity symbol instead of a puzzle (Autistic people aren't mysterious or missing parts!) and supporting organizations ran by and for autistic people.

 

Some of our favorite self-advocacy organizations include:



 

As always, thank you for reading and being here! Here's to a wonderful month ahead! 

If you'd like to receive these bi-monthly communications straight to your email, simply visit our website, scroll to the bottom and enter your e-mail address! If you'd like to get in touch, please email us at survivorcards@gmail.com

 

-Alyson Wick, Founder of Survivor Cards, Hot Girls Walking and Diversity Book Fairies of Cincinnati

 

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