Each year Women Helping Women reaches out to the community for their continued support through our annual fund mailing. The funds that are raised will help our advocates continue to provide a compassionate voice on the hotline, a hand to hold at the hospital, a comforting presence at the police department, a supportive ally in the courtroom and a strong support system for survivors whenever they need us.
In this letter, Kristin Smith Shrimplin, Women Helping Women’s new Executive Director shares her vision for the future.
Transformative. That is the vision for Women Helping Women (WHW) this year. Every day we empower survivors who transform their trauma into resiliency. Every day we engage in a journey of healing as we walk side by side with survivors through the hallways of hospitals, courtrooms, police stations and schools. They are courageous and we are committed.
WHW’s mission of serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking is not an easy one – but it is a mission that WHW staff, volunteers and trustees uphold with great conviction and compassion. It is a mission that drives our work 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. It is a mission that I believe in and am proud to carry on as the new Executive Director.
Unfortunately the reality is:
- 1 out of 3 women are beaten, sexually assaulted or abused in their lifetime
- 1 out of 4 girls experience sexual assault before the age of 18
- 1 out of 3 teen boys and girls experience dating violence
But behind every data point is a person. There is a name, a story, and a devastating impact. Whether from high school, college, or my adulthood, I know all of these statistics far too well. I want to change the numbers and transform the story. WHW can do that - with your help.
Imagine a city where we change these statistics. Imagine our community engaging family members, friends, policymakers, community leaders, and our police to speak out against domestic violence and sexual assault for all people. Imagine being a part of the change!
If we work together, we can make this our reality. Join me by making a gift to the WHW Annual Fund. If you would like to make a donation please contact our development department at 513-977-5552.
Together we can transform the story to one of hope and safety for all.
Kristin Smith Shrimplin