Sexual Assault Victims Given Opportunity to Voice Experiences

Promoting Awareness and Victim Empowerment, a campus organization, is releasing its annual booklet sharing stories of sexual assault and abuse victims.

The booklet, “The Survivor’s Voice: Empowering Stories of Healing from Sexual Assault,” is anticipated for release the first week in April.

The booklet features personal stories, artwork and poems. Contributors remain anonymous.

Abby Tentinger, sophomore majoring in sociology and English, is the organization’s assistant director. She stressed the importance of keeping survivor stories anonymous.

“People want to protect their identities, especially because a lot of rapes that happen are between people who already know each other,” Tentinger said. “Letting your information get out there can be scary.”

Through stories, Tentinger wants to inspire hope within readers. Readers are encouraged to give a five dollar donation in exchange for the booklet.

PAVE’s "The Survivor's Voice: Empowering Stories of Healing from Sexual Assault” booklet. Photo courtesy of UWSP PAVE’s Facebook.

PAVE’s “The Survivor’s Voice: Empowering Stories of Healing from Sexual Assault” booklet. Photo courtesy of UWSP PAVE’s Facebook.

“We feel lucky that there are people who come forward and share their stories with us,” Tentinger said. “It can be powerful to tell a story. Having it printed in a booklet is validating.”

Jamie Chariton, senior majoring in sociology and social work, is the organization’s executive director. Chariton hopes the booklet serves as an outlet survivors can use to convey experiences and break the silence surrounding sexual assault.

“What we are encouraging is for people to really explore what it means to heal from sexual assault and how that can be expressed in different forms,” Chariton said.

Submissions are open to students attending the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and community members. The deadline is Mar. 13.

 

Caroline Chalk

Reporter

cchal845@uwsp.edu

About Anyon Rettinger

Anyon Rettinger
I am a senior at UW-Stevens Point studying communication with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in music performance. As the co-editor-in-chief, I write editorials occasionally but I primarily focus my energy into administratively managing the staff and driving content. Away from The Pointer, I am the PR Director of the UWSP chapter of PRSSA, a campus tour guide, work as a communication and marketing specialist and university blogger in University Communication and Marketing and a marketing consultant for CREATE Portage County. In my free time, I listen to a lot of music, sing and play piano, blog and work as a freelance publicist and designer. I travel as much as I can and like to think I am a decent photographer (check out my Instagram, @i.am.anyon). A few of my favorite things include Waitress The Musical, furniture, boneless wings, journals and mojitos. Follow my social media platforms to learn more about me and my work!

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