External Relations - Al Smith's blog

External Relations - Al Smith's blog

Andy & Brandy Sampson: Former Client & Family on the Power of BE LOUD Breakfast

We were honored when KCSARC’s former client, Andy Sampson, agreed to be our 2015 BE LOUD Breakfast speaker and share his story of hope. We caught up with him and his wife, Brandy, recently, and asked what it was like to speak at the event, and what it meant to Brandy to be in the room.

We’re delighted to bring you their response – a preview of the hopefulness you can expect to take away from the 2018 BE LOUD Breakfast.

'We must remain vigilant and proactive,' 2018 BE LOUD Breakfast

With your fantastic efforts, the BE LOUD Breakfast is now at capacity. WOW! 

To celebrate this event, we spoke with Vicky Vreeland of Vreeland Law, a Visionary Sponsor of the event, about her history in the work to end sexual violence, why persistence is key, and what else community members can do to get involved with KCSARC's work.

How did Vreeland Law get involved with KCSARC, and how long have you sponsored the BE LOUD Breakfast?

Meeting the demand: Developing Spanish-language group therapy curriculum

(En español) KCSARC is one of the few providers of Spanish-language trauma-specific therapy for survivors of sexual violence in King County.

Therapy is available in a one-on-one setting for children over the age of 6, teens, and adults—and is provided by bilingual, bicultural staff members who adapt evidence-based therapeutic methods for an individual’s unique experiences, background, and culture.

'I have learned so much about the pervasiveness of sexual violence and about strength,' at the 2018 BE LOUD Breakfast

Angela is a dedicated KCSARC supporter. She began attending our annual BE LOUD breakfast in 2009, and continues to be a passionate advocate for ending sexual violence. We asked her a few questions about the BE LOUD Breakfast in anticipation of the upcoming event!

What have you learned about ending sexual violence from attending the BE LOUD Breakfast?

#SilenceBreaker IPA sales raise over $2,500 for services for survivors

We’re in a pivotal moment of change in the movement to end sexual violence, and we’re seeing more and more important voices in our community say: enough is enough. This December, Cloudburst Brewing created the #SilenceBreaker IPA, in solidarity and support of all those survivors coming forward to speak out about sexual assault.

'The darkest hour can be behind us if we come together,' at the 2018 BE LOUD Breakfast

(En español.) The first time I heard about KCSARC’s BE LOUD Breakfast, I was still in graduate school. That year I did not participate due to a combination of complicated childcare arrangements and early morning classes. Later that day, I met with some of my classmates who had attended the event and even volunteered at an ungodly hour. They were so moved and inspired that I realized immediately I had missed out on something big.

A message from Jesse Franklin, Board President: Join me at the BE LOUD Breakfast

This past year has been an extraordinary one in bringing sexual assault to the forefront of the national conversation.

Now, more than ever, is the time for you to step forward as a Table Captain and gather others to join you at KCSARC's 2018 BE LOUD Breakfast on Wednesday, February 28th, 7:00-8:30am, at the Seattle Sheraton.

Best Starts for Kids Helps Shift Culture in Renton Schools

Preventing sexual assault is a growing and critical piece of KCSARC’s work. We know breaking the cycle of violence means victims need to feel supported and believed when they report assault. That begins with a well-informed community that recognizes and responds to sexual abuse with belief and compassion, shifting the burden and blame to the offender and off the victim.  

King County: Has your ballot arrived in the mail yet?

Ballots dropped in the mail for King County residents on October 18, and yours should arrive in your mailbox sometime this week. This election includes important decisions for the future of King County, including whether or not to continue and expand services for a growing population of vulnerable residents.

KCSARC endorses the Yes on Prop 1 initiative to pass the King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy.

Survivors of sexual assault need access to affordable health care!

In this fight to protect vital services for survivors, lawmakers in Washington stood strong against proposed legislation that would make strip health care away from those who need it most. We want to thank the members of our congressional delegation who continue to take a stand and fight for vital services.

To highlight their continued work, we’ve sent thank you cards to Senator Murray and Maria Cantwell, along with Representatives Jayapal, Smith, DelBene, and Reichert.

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