Birch Counseling would like to thank Governor Mark Dayton and the State of Minnesota for proclaiming “Break the Silence” Day on August 16.
In the line of our work, we have witnessed too many stories of sexual violence, and are struck by the deep hurt that haunts those who have experienced it. Survivors of sexual violence too often remain silent. It takes tremendous courage for those who experienced this form of violence to share their pain with others. Speaking up, sharing with others, connecting with support paves the way for healing.
Common responses from others who’ve heard stories of survivors include “what were you wearing,” “why didn’t you...”, “you should have known…” This compounds the self-blame, which already tortures those who have experienced this form of violence. Confronted with judgment, survivors remain silent.
Breaking the Silence helps fight the stigma. The event allows survivors to speak out and feel acceptance from a community that offers nothing but hope and support.
We’re so pleased that Sarah Super found the courage to speak out. She has formed Break the Silence, and has consistently advocated on behalf of survivors so they may find their voice.
We are grateful to live in Minnesota. Our State continues to offer strong support for those who struggle with mental health problems that too often stem from experiencing violence.