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.
“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.