Voices beyond Assault



This week's guest on the the Unveil your Voice Podcast and Blog is Brianna Michelle.


Brianna Michelle is on a mission to bring more awareness to the epidemic of sexual assault, and refuses to turn a blind eye to an act that has already affecting so many lives.


Her mission is to bring sexual assault/abuse to the forefront of our society, and inspire survivors to be empowered by their individual stories of sexual assault/abuse and healing.


Brianna share with us her story, her healing, and how she strives to make a difference. We have an incredible conversation where we discuss the #metoo movement, and how different healing techniques she tried, didn't work, and how she found what worked for her.


You can check out her podcast episode here, and her corresponding blog post below!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I Am Brianna Michelle, from Seattle, WA. I am a Model, Actress and Founder of Voices Beyond Assault.  I am a Woman of God, love and an example of what survival looks like. I am not my wounds, I am the stitches that is closing it up.  I am healing, I    am resilience, I am brave, I am courageous, I am the beauty of survival.

One of the reasons I created this podcast was to provide survivors of trauma options for resources. Something I felt I didn't have. Why did you start your organization?

I started Voices Beyond Assault  years after I was brutally raped in college.  I realized once I    started telling people my story, how many people opened up to me about theirs.  It was mind blowing that almost every single person both men and women I told, most of them had experiences sexual assault and/or abuse. Once I began my process of healing I also realized they were very few options that were available for me outside of therapy, I felt therapy never empowered me.  I    wanted more options and I    wanted to also change what the  face of survival looked like and change the stigma of sexual violence.  Then Voices Beyond Assault was birthed! 

What would be the best way one could find out more information about your organization? 

Please go to our website, www.voicesbeyondassault.org Instagram: @voicesbeyondassault.org Facebook: Voices Beyond Assault Page

Out of everything that you do with your organization, what would be the first area you would recommend a survivor to turn to. 

I would suggest that survivors not only turn inward for understanding of what has happened to them but turn to someone that they can trust and are safe with and reach out to VBA.

What do you do when you're not running your organization?

I am always running the organization because it is apart of me but I also model and do commercial work in Los Angeles.

What inspires you to keep going?

What inspires me to keep going is God, know that I was created for a purpose and my experience and survival can help other because I know that survivors can feel empowered and thrive past trauma.  

What advice do you have for someone that wants to start their own non-profit or business?

GO FOR IT, be patient with yourself and know that the minor issue that come about during the process is just that MINOR compared to the big picture.  Don't give up on yourself!

What struggles did you face when starting your organization/platform?

The struggles I faces was the doubt, questioning myself, and worrying about all the wrong things at times.

What successes did you have in starting your organization/platform?

The success was finally completing my 501c3 paperwork and receiving government approval!  Then having survivors reaching out, sharing their stories, knowing that they are safe with our organization was also a success. 

With the #MeToo movement and more attention given to sexual abuse, harassment, and assault, what messages do you hope will rise to the surface? What are the most important takeaways? 

I hope that people know this sexual assault is an epidemic, it is not a small matter and it must be addressed and survivors should not be in fear of telling their story!

Do you think is mental health is being addressed, in relation to rape survivors and in general, effectively in the US? Where do you think there's still room for improvement? 

There is so much room for improvement when it comes to the mental anguish that survivors are often silenced with. I could write a book on that.  There is not enough resources that truly support survivors as there should be!  Things must change.

One of Voices of Hope's campaign is called #BeAVoice. How can you be a voice for those that feel they are silenced?

Being a voice is support, believing and acknowledging ones situation/pain and being there sometimes not saying a word but listening!

What is the best way to get in touch with you?

The best way to be in touch is info@voicesbeyondassault.org Instagram: @voicesbeyondassault & @iambriannamichelle 



Brianna Michelle is on a mission to bring more awareness to the epidemic of sexual assault, and refuses to turn a blind eye to an act that has already affecting so many lives.


A brutal rape and kidnapping while in college woke up a sleeping giant that said,”NO MORE” to sexual abuse and she began using her voice as power. For so long she was silenced by molestation as a child, now there is no holding her back from telling her story.


Being that most sexual assault goes unreported, Michelle aims to tackle the taboo issue of sexual assault and give a voice to men, women, and children around the world.


Brianna had her wings clipped by adversity, but she has still been able to thrive and work toward goals; graduating college, studying/living abroad, traveling the world advocating, and pursuing a career as a model and spokesperson. Her pain has now turned into ambition, and she is determined to make a name for herself in the modelling/acting industry. She is inspired to change laws, empower others, and build one of the world’s most effective organizations in dealing with sexual assault/abuse.


Her mission is to bring sexual assault/abuse to the forefront of our society, and inspire survivors to be empowered by their individual stories of sexual assault/abuse and healing.


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