Graduate student, Regional Supervisor
"The moment that I opened up about my experience, I realized it gave me freedom to live again. I had to remind myself, I am safe in the world, I am safe in my body. This was all I needed to step into my journey of healing and survival."
Intern at East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
"Through my healing process, I came to realize that I had done nothing wrong. I blamed and punished myself for someone else's actions for far too long. But, I learned that it was just one experience of my life; it doesn't have to be my identity."
Stay-at-home mom, Studying natural medicine
"Wake up each day with determination, and you will end each day victoriously."
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner, Public Speaker
"I'm a survivor of sexual abuse; now I am helping others to survive."
Children's Services Coordinator at InnVision Shelter Network
"When it first happened, I felt like I had lost myself, but then I realized I'm much more than what happened. I'm a strong woman that will only get stronger. I was able to grow and find myself again, especially with help from my closest friends, my confidants."
"Although something so terrible happened to me all those years ago, I couldn't be happier with where my life is today."
"It took a long time for me to learn how to speak out and not feel ashamed. Once I did, I found the girl that had been lost a long time ago. When I found her, all the hideous scars blossomed into an amazing beauty, one that will go on to make a difference."
Medical School Student
"The damages of my past cannot be undone, but they have encouraged me to help other survivors and find myself through marathons and meditation art. The strength and peace I have within myself today stems from allowing myself to feel, to mourn, and ultimately to forgive."
"I live with the experience of my sexual assault, but I don't let it define me. What I do with my experiences is what I choose to define me."
The courageous women of Profiles Of Hope 2015 who shared their stories of sexual assault, and the strength and bravery it took to overcome it. Now they celebrate their lives as victors, and no longer victims.