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The Project

SSP was created by a group of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence who have felt validated over the years by sharing stories of our experiences with others.  After many years of collective silence and dozens of conversations starting with "one time...", often ending in "me too", a strong desire to share stories like ours with the world and protect others from our own perpetrators kept calling us to take action.

The project itself had been stirring around in our founder's mind for years - wanting to make a difference for survivors but not really knowing where to start.  In the summer of 2020, while we were all cooped up in our homes amid a pandemic, dozens of pages started to pop up on instagram with the intent of calling out abusers in the tattoo industry.  The number of stories that came to light were staggering, with multiple people coming forward against the same perpetrators.  The local community hadn't really had a big #metoo movement moment until then, and it quickly gained speed.  Unfortunately, perpetrators and enablers began tracking down page owners at their workplace and victim blaming/re-abusing others on the platform; and sadly, the pages all shut down for the safety of those involved.

It sparked something for us, most notably - how many others went through what we went through? How can we tell others about the perpetrators that dramatically changed our world?  How can we support others in getting justice?  How can we keep our communities that little bit safer?

Survivor Stories Project was born.

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Aggressor Notices

Survivors have the opportunity to share their story and name a perpetrator or an experience of concern.  Our dedicated team members listen and enable the survivor to tell their story, in their own way.  We do ask for key information to enable us to confirm details, initiate a background search on the perpetrator and to ensure the safety of those involved. Our research takes time. Once the post is reviewed, approved and live, we regularly check in with the survivor.  We make it clear that any post is the property of the survivor, and that any comments that are unsupportive or attempt to identify the survivor, are removed immediately.  Survivors can request that their post be removed at any time.  While we cannot post every perpetrators name for legal reasons, to protect the survivor and ourselves, the option of posting as unnamed is always available to share your story and have the same level of support from our community.

In addition, we connect survivors with our trusted legal and counselling providers if they choose.  Knowing you legal rights and options is crucial in determining the steps available to you; whether it is support in reporting to law enforcement, or pursuing civil action, we are here to support you in accessing these services.

 

The strictest confidence is always provided; we do not share the name of a survivor with anyone outside of SSP. 

We believe survivors.

[Please note, we do not accept submissions from anonymous sources. We will ask for the legal name of all parties as part of the background research.]

Up on the Court Docket Today

Our team takes on a review of the daily court docket for Vancouver Island courts each morning.  We scan for cases involving sexual offences and domestic assault.  While we do not feature domestic cases, known as "k files", we do add them to our database for future reference.

After scanning the court docket, we undergo a search through the publicly available court services system and obtain information on the current court procedure.  We also scan through news articles and social media of the accused and craft an informative piece with as much publicly available information as possible, paying particular attention to explaining the court process as may be required.

This initiative provides public awareness for those that have been charged with offences in our community but it also creates an inside view of the judicial system in informing the public of longevity of cases, types of crimes and plea bargain/sentencing procedures, as well as the issues that survivors face within the court process.

As ever, for legal reasons, those accused have the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Letters to My Abuser

A new feature of our page is the sharing of letters that a survivor wants to write to an abuser.  The idea behind this initiative is for survivors to share how the abuse impacted their lives in a way they wish they could say directly to an abuser.  No names need be mentioned.

We find this process cathartic in calling out the harm that was done but it focuses on highlighting the strength and healing that the survivor may have found in their journey.  It also gives the opportunity for other survivors to know that they are not alone in their healing journey and it normalizes the reliance on mental health and therapeutic services in the recovery of trauma. 

Your letter is yours and yours alone - craft it as you wish and we will always ask your permission before sharing.

You can email your letter in confidence: admin@survivorstoriesproject.com

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