We are HER is an organization that we ran into in the last two years. I, Kristine, actually reached out and shared a little bit of what I was dealing with in my life with my own healing from sexual assault. We quickly found out about the amazing individual behind We are HER, Stevie. She is such light in this dark world and can't think her enough the support system that she has created.
You can find her podcast episode here. And her corresponding blog post below.
Why did you start your We are HER? HER started as a blog in October of 2016 and become a nonprofit in the spring of 2018. What would be the best way one could find out more information about your organization? Visit our website www.weareher.net, follow us on Instagram at @_weareher or email me at email@example.com
Out of everything that you do with your organization, what would be the first area you would recommend a survivor to turn to.
It probably depends on what resonates with them. I think the podcast is a really accessible way for anyone to get to know about what we do.
Because We are HER has many ways for individuals to get involved, what would you say would be your favorite?
Our digital survivor meetups are one-of-a-kind. It's a great way to meet and speak with other survivors without ever having to leave your house.
What do you do when your not running your organization?
I'm usually outside hanging out with my border collie Quinn. We love hiking together.
What struggles did you face when starting We are HER?
Many! I had no idea how to run a nonprofit, I was still very new on my healing journey, and as an introvert, networking to grow HER was a real struggle for me at first.
What do you feel are some of your greatest achievements with We are HER?
Our podcast and our retreat. But overall, I think knowing that every day we help survivors is no small feat and it's the one I'm most proud of.
#MeToo movement has 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 we can continue the conversation. Every single message that has stemmed from #MeToo is important. And I think we're going to see a really important shift from awareness to preventive work, and that's honestly the next step.
Now that so many people see the scope of the problem, how do we deal with how repugnant our beliefs are? I might need some clarification. Do you mean our beliefs as a society surrounding victim-shaming/believe survivors? If so, I think the answer is that we keep talking about it. Talking about sexual assault isn't as taboo as it was for generations before us. We need to normalize conversations about consent and healthy relationships.
Do you think mental health is being addressed, in relation to abuse survivors and in general, effectively in the US? Effectively?
No. And I don't think it's anywhere close to where it should be. But many strong people are working on changing that, and I'm so grateful to people all across the globe who have made mental health their mission. Where do you think there's still room for improvement? Access to affordable therapy for people in poverty or minorities.
I think it's going to be so powerful to tell generations in the future that we got to live through these movements. They're some of the first social digital movements and they had ripple effects that the whole world felt. It's incredible to live and see their impacts first-hand. Survivors are telling their stories. Other survivors don't feel so isolated or alone. People are making consious efforts to learn how they can support a friend who has been a victim of sexual assault. People are taking consent more seriously. All of this makes a ripple effect to ensure others are being healthier, kinder people.
One of Voices of Hope's campaign is called #BeAVoice. How can you be a voice for those that feel they are silenced?
The best way to be a voice for others is to allow those with stories to share safely and support them. It's to make sure that we're having conversations with co-workers, family, and friends about consent, professionalism in the workplace, and boundaries.
What inspires you to keep going?
I genuinely enjoy what I do. I think it's so much easier to help someone when you can have empathy for what they're going through. Knowing that people are healing is enough inspiration for me to keep going. What advice do you have for someone that wants to start their own non-profit or business?Network, get advice from others who have done it, grow your reach, and specialize in an area that you can excell in.
What is the best way to get in touch with you? firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stevie Croisant is the founder of We Are HER. At HER, a nonprofit that helps survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault heal after trauma. Founded in 2016, HER helps survivors through story sharing, community building, and education. When Stevie's not building HER’s survivor-support network she's usually spending time with her frisbee-catching border collie Quinn in the expansive beauty of Montana.