Protecting and empowering survivors took on a new urgency as the COVID-19 pandemic left those we serve more vulnerable than ever, locked in and alone with their abuser. That crisis highlighted the work that lies ahead and made it unmistakably clear that survivors of sexual abuse need and deserve their own specialized care and attention. In 2022, we formally recognized supporting sexual abuse survivors as a new and specific part of our mission.
As part of updating our mission, Safe+Sound Somerset’s Board of Trustees, staff and community volunteers reflected on our organizational culture through the critical lens of equity. We looked at issues including race, gender identity, and sexual orientation, that shape the experiences and outcomes for the survivors we serve and the community at large.
We realize that while words are powerful, they only make a difference when they are backed up by action. As we move forward, Safe + Sound Somerset reaffirms the promise to continually listen to the feedback and input from survivors and our community, as we work to end domestic violence and sexual abuse.