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"One year ago, I locked my door and went to sleep; like we all do on any given night. Unfortunately, this night was like no other before and was one I will never be able to forget. I woke up that night to a co-worker who had undressed himself, crawled into my bed and raped me. "
Kathleen, rape survivor

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After Silence is a message board, online support group and chat room for rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse survivors. We operate thanks to the generosity of 20 unpaid volunteers who manage and moderate the discussion forums and the chat room. Founded in 2003 by Vera, who remains a co-administrator with. Lindy, After Silence has blossomed into a compassionate, supportive, and fast growing community for survivors on the internet. Here you may learn more about Kelly, Becky, Jessie, and Ashley-Michelle, who have joined the After Silence team and volunteer their time daily to make a difference in the lives of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse survivors.

Vera, Founder and Co-Administrator

      Vera moved to New York in 2003 in search of a new beginning. A survivor herself, she has a degree in Social Work and is currently employed as a rape crisis counselor by the nation's leading victim assistance organization.

      Vera is committed to providing ongoing social support, advice, and guidance to these living through trauma and life crisis. In addition to her work, she volunteers in a NYC's hospital as a sexual and domestic violence advocate to provide immediate crisis intervention to survivors and has worked for a Manhattan-based social agency whose mission is to prevent and reduce the number of children entering the foster care system unnecessarily.

      Vera has lived and worked in England, Ireland, and Italy. On her spare time she enjoys spending time with her close friends, reading, attending art events in New York, and has a passion for movies based on true stories.


Lindy, Co-Administrator

      Lindy is in her early 30's, and is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and acquaintance rape. Her gentle, caring nature inspired her to become a registered nurse, a profession that enables her to touch the lives of many individuals.

      Her passions include photography, which has allowed her to interact with people as well as travel to fascinating places such as Iceland, Scotland, France, England and Ireland - to name a few. Her interests include music, fashion, movies, books, and travel.

      Lindy is kind, intelligent, professional, and compassionate. While she balances many demands in her personal life, she still finds the time to be an effective administrator at After Silence, and a loyal friend. She's overcome many struggles in her life, and from them, she's grown into a strong woman with a bright future and a positive attitude about life.


Kelly, Team Member

      Kelly, 40, is a survivor of incest and rape. She grew up in the Midwest and now lives in Massachusetts with her three daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, doing crafts, and writing. She enjoys her job as a teacher and works with children with special needs. She recently completed her master's degree in education.

      While in college, Kelly decided she wanted to reach out to others survivors and their supporters. She has spoken to high school students about the effects of sexual abuse. She was interviewed by the teacher to whom she disclosed the abuse and was videotaped sharing her experiences. This video is used to educate students in the child development program. Kelly has also spoken to a group of volunteers at a rape crisis training and would like to do more of this in the future. More recently, she has participated in RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) classes and has found great personal empowerment through this.


Becky, Team Member

      Becky, 45, is a survivor of incest, rape and domestic abuse. She lives in Miami, Florida with her son. She enjoys photography, all kinds of exercise, spending time with her son, and being near the ocean.

      After the end of her 20-year marriage, she decided to pursue her passion for helping survivors of abuse and returned to school where she is currently one semester away from completing her B.S. in Psychology. Next, she plans to earn a masters in mental health counseling and go to work to help improve the lives of people who have suffered the way she has.


Jessie, Team Member

      Jessie is twenty eight years old and lives in Dublin, Ireland. She is currently studying to be a fully qualified Financial Advisor, an area which she works in at the moment.

      She hopes to create her own website in the future to help survivors of rape and sexual abuse and has enrolled at the local college to study web Design to help her with this.

      Jessie is trustworthy, friendly and can be quite shy until she gets to know you. She enjoys spending time with her friends, watching tv and reading. She spends lots of her spare time online, and is especially dedicated to spending time at After Silence.

      In the summer of 2002, Jessie was raped. It wasn't until some years later she began to speak out and get help. Once she finishes therapy she is hoping to volunteer at her local rape crisis centre and help other survivors heal from the trauma of rape.


Ashley-Michelle, Team Member

      Ashley-Michelle is in her early 20's, and is the survivor of two acquaintance rapes, the first at age 18. She spent much of the initial recovery period in despair, unsure of how to move on until she discovered activism. Since 2003, she has been involved in a number of anti-rape projects, including serving as a keynote speaker for Emporia State University's Take Back the Night in 2007 and a featured subject in "Swimming Upstream," a documentary on the revictimization of survivors of sexual assault during medical examinations.

      Currently residing in the West Coast, she loves to spend time with her stepson and her fiance, who runs a successful law practice. In addition to her anti-rape activism, Ashley-Michelle spends her time working, spoiling her two dogs and going to school on a debate scholarship, for which she is nationally ranked and recognized. A member of the National Dean's List, her hope is to earn her doctorate of psychology and eventually open a rehabilitation center that focuses exclusively on treating the trauma of sexual violence.

 

This site is offered for support of other rape and sexual abuse survivors. It is not meant to be a substitute for any kind of professional help.
If you are in a crisis situation we urge to contact your local rape crisis center or health care professional.

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