Violence UnSilenced is a website committed to giving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse a voice. It was founded by Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz in 2009, and began non-profit status incorporation in October 2011. Violence UnSilenced is a grassroots movement born of the people, for the people.
Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz is a city magazine journalist who began writing about domestic violence and sexual abuse issues in 2008. She was so moved by the empowerment she witnessed when survivors spoke out, and all the unexpected gifts that followed. To pay it forward she founded Violence UnSilenced with the intention of eradicating the silence surrounding domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape by giving survivors a public voice.
Survivors submit their personal stories of abuse in their own words, and two are posted live on the site each week. Readers take an annual pledge to listen, and the intention for the comment section is a space, supportive safe.
"I believe people are inherently empathetic, but we seem to care more about general issues when we personally know those affected by them," says Ginsberg-Schutz. "I believe when we read the hard experiences of our loved ones on Violence UnSilenced we take more ownership in the epidemic of abuse that belongs to all of us. I also believe that perpetrators rely on silence and shame as weapons, and that for survivors, speaking out is both cathartic and empowering."