Eirene, Unofficial Mayor of Vashon Decalres October 25th Believe Survivors Day on Vashon

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October 25, 2019


Domestic Awareness Month.
Eirene is declaring today October 25th
BELIEVE SURVIVORS DAY

Whereas… we will not rest until all people are free from abuse and we live in a society where the safety and security of everyone is paramount to all...

Whereas… the system of denial is so potent that we, as a community wishing to make everyone feel safe, need to make a conscious effort to listen to and believe survivors when they speak up...

Whereas… the fear of a ruining someone’s life with a false accusation often hinders a survivor from speaking up... (It is important to note that fabricated accusations are low, statistics show that 2%-8% of allegations turn out to be false, which is the same percentage of erroneous reports for other crimes)...

Whereas… when a survivor is ignored the betrayal of the assault is compounded and only benefits abusers...

Whereas… abuse is not usually an isolated incident, survivors are often isolated, it is important to create a community which develops supportive connections and breaks the chain of isolation…

Therefore... I as Eirene, Unofficial Mayor of Vashon, who represents peace for all living creatures and hold all people up to the standard of taking care of each other, DECLARE the 25th Day of the Month of October in the Year 2019 to be Believe Survivors Day. I encourage all people to take time to learn about how they can be supportive to someone who speaks up about abuse.