Help me provide a safe place for abused victims in Fulton County - Atlanta Georgia

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  •   321,500 is the average number of victims of rape and sexual assault per year in the U.S. 

Joyce Reed is the founder of Hurt 2 Heal Inc. nonprofit organization that offers a voice for individuals impacted by all forms of abuse. Their mission is to renew awareness and support the healing and restoration process of individuals impacted by abuse, by providing the necessary resources and tools needed to promote individuals and family healing.

  •    13% of female rape survivors who will attempt suicide after an assault.

1.Why is this so important?

Joyce shares her passion in the community and being the voice for the voiceless. She has a movement called #iamurvoice and it allows men and women the opportunity to speak their truth and not be ashamed about their past struggles. Everyone has a story but not everyone has the courage to speak it. 

  •  17,700,000 is the estimated number of women who have been the victims of rape since 1998.
  •  99% of perpetrators of sexual violence that will walk free.

I am 1 person that is included in the above statics and I cant continue to allow UR voice to go unheard.


  2. What kind of services will H2H Center provide?

  • 24 hours 7 days a week resources hotline.
  • Counseling Services
  • Survivors Monthly Call in.

- Changing Hurt 2 Healing
- Defining appropriate vs non-appropriate
- Where are you? This discusses the background and anatomy of a person’s past (assaults, molestations, depression and anxiety etc.)
- How to get assistance? (reporting, laws, polices etc.)
Support (who can help?)
- How to defend? (Techniques, tools, tips etc.) Self Defense Workshops.
- Prevention strategies


3.  What is H2H committed to do for Fulton county?
  •       To educate those impacted by all forms of abuse.
  •        To restore those impacted by all forms of abuse.
  •       To create process and programs to develop individuals skills, knowledge and confidence.
  •        To use ongoing outreach and engagement processes to continually collect, synthesize information.
  •        To collaborate the missions and mobilizing together around emerging challenges with other nonprofit organizations and address the complexity of opportunities and challenges through purposeful partnerships.
  •        To relentlessly focus on achieving outcomes tied to meaningful, measurable change in lives, systems, and communities.
  •        To conduct ourselves with integrity, excellence and professionalism.


 4.  Is there anything currently in Fulton County to help victims?

Only to assist with rape kits, BUT ..........

  • Grady improperly billed rape victims. Grady charged victims for exams that state fund is supposed to pay.
  • The states largest public hospital improperly charged more than 730 rape victims for forensic exams, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation has found. Under state law, Grady Memorial Hospital is supposed to provide rape exams free to victims and send the bills to a special state fund — billing them is considered as unfair as a shooting victim paying police to dust the weapon for finger prints. Instead, survivors were caught up in a two-year bureaucratic breakdown that shows how Grady, the sole rape crisis center for Fulton County's nearly 1 million residents, fails to follow laws meant to protect victims.

What happens to the victims after the rape kit is completed? There is no place in Fulton county to help victims after the trauma.:

 5.  What are common mental effects of sexual assault and rape?

  •        Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts.
  •        Depression, including prolonged sadness, feelings of hopelessness, unexplained crying, weight loss or gain, loss of energy or interest in activities previously enjoyed.
  •        Suicidal thoughts or attempts. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255.
  •        Dissociation, including not being able to focus on work or on schoolwork, as well as not feeling present in everyday situations.

6. What are common emotional effects of sexual and rape?

  •       Changes in trusting others
  •        Anger and blame
  •        Shock
  •        Numbness
  •        Loss of control
  •        Disorientation
  •        Helplessness
  •        Sense of vulnerability
  •        Fear
  •        Self-blame/guilt for allowing the crime to happen
    Feeling that these reactions are a sign of weakness

I stand before you a survivor of 6 rapes, homelessness, domestic violence, having my children out of rape and 3 attempts at suicide. I cant and I wont give up on YOU!!

Author Joyce Reed #iamURvoice