There are so many sexual assaults that go unreported every day. If you, or someone you know, has been a victim of any crime SPEAK UP & SPEAK OUT! Don’t be ashamed and don’t be discouraged. You are not alone. I encourage people to reach out to women like LaQuisha Anthony, founder of V.O.I.C.E. (Victory Over Inconceivable Cowardly Experiences) or your local county police for information on victim’s advocacy groups. Ms. Anthony holds a special place in my heart for encouraging me to begin to open up about what I went through.”
There are two things almost everyone never expects to go through in their lifetime. The First having a family member sexually assault you and second, having to talk about it. October 21, 2008 I was sexually assaulted by a male in my family. I went three years dreading holidays. I hated embracing people, I drank, I cut, I cried and I self medicated. After what in my mind was years no sleep I got brave enough i thought to walk into a nearly by pub to get drunk enough to jump in front of the R5 train thats when V.O.I.C.E. (A family member called) & pulled me back to reality. V.O.I.C.E helped save my life!
— Sharale Vann
My voice was silent since the age of 12. I never wanted to tell what he did. I didn’t want to tell what he did. I didn’t want anyone to know what happen but, when I got older haunted me when it was time to be intimate with my first boyfriend and then after. I would closely legs real tight. They would always say “Loosen up, why are your legs so tight…relax…I’m not gonna hurt you” The thoughts were haunting me and I couldn’t understand until I hear the founder of V.O.I.C.E speak. I found my voice in 2014 at the age of 4 thanks to V.O.I.C.E.
— Lenora Mcgoogin
V.O.I.C.E continued to encourage me to keep sharing and to keep doing the work towards healing. Reaching out when he temptation to drink or cut showed up. They encouraged me to feel what I feel and not allow it to take me back to a place of hiding. Since Ive been with V.O.I.C.E Ive shared my story with eight people. Its no longer a secret and that helps.