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Journey2Free - Awakened Retreat

$1,269 of $7,882 goal

Raised by 20 people in 3 months
Created April 18, 2019
J2F - Fundraising Team
on behalf of Sandra Rhone
https://journey2free.com Journey 2 Free & Greater Hartford Family Advocacy Center at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center - Awakened Survivor's Retreat -  A 3 day, 4 night retreat geared to empowering 30 girls ages 10-17 Reassign The Shame and Speak about the traumas sustained from being sexually abused, raped and trafficked. This retreat will be held in St. Thomas Jamaica, July 11-14th. Due to the sensitivity and legality of the victims, location and identity cannot be disclosed.

This retreat will motivate, elevate and reconstruct the shattered ideals of self-esteem, self-respect, self-worth. We will also help victims to reclaim their dignity by introducing them to self-care techniques and corrective coping skills while starting them on their journey to healing/freedom.

The Awakened Retreat Components/Activities includes: 

Healing the mind: - Self confidence, trust after betrayal, intro to journaling…

Self-Esteem: - Self-love, self-care, my body & me…

Wellness Exercise: Yoga, meditation, deep breathing, zumba… 

Being You: Personal hygiene, first impressions, mock interviews…

Peer Pressure: Healthy relationships, bullying, cyber safety…

Healing: Counseling, peer support, sister's keeper, value your worth, I am not alone (motivational sessions from survivors)

Giveaways: Bag-packs, back to school items, journals, basic hygiene essentials…

Journey 2 Free was founded by Ms. Larissa Rhone a third generation rape survivor who brought charges against her rapist after 30 years and was successful in getting justice. While traveling back and forth between the US and Jamaica for court hearings, her ongoing research led her to this startling fact that, of the 14 parishes in Jamaica, St. Thomas, Ms. Rhone's birthplace has the highest case of incest and child sexual abuse. In fact, they ranked #1. Knowing this, motivated Ms. Rhone to fight for justice, educate, empower, and uplift victims of these atrocities helping them on their journey to freedom.

The funds raised will cover accommodations, food and transportation cost for each participant and 10 facilitators. Funds are needed by June 30th to meet the deadline date of July 1st 2019.

Your support means a great deal. It will ensure that we continue the work we began by helping girls that are in dire need of support to create and form lasting friendships bonds/support and sisterhood.  

Journey 2 Free expresses colossal gratitude for your support. We thank you whole-heartedly for your vested interest in helping to alleviate the pressures and traumas of childhood sexual abuse, and in doing so help young victims to understand they can rise above the often crippling effects of childhood sexual abuse. From our heart to yours we, Thank you!
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Journey 2 Free & Greater Hartford Family Advocacy Center at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Awakened Survivor’s Retreat
The motto of Journey 2 Free is “Reassign the Shame….SPEAK”
The second annual “Awakened” Survivors Retreat will take place in St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica from July 11-14, 2019. Thirty-five girls who are victims of child sexual abuse and assault will participate in loving, supportive, therapeutic and psycho-education activities over this extended weekend. Referrals come from local law enforcement, who works closely with families in more of a social work and support role than we are used to seeing in the US. Activities during the retreat all focus on helping victims to become victors and to dedicate themselves to loving themselves and others while fighting to create change. Some girls from last year’s retreat have already started projects of their own, holding sharing circles, teaching prevention, supporting other victims in coming forward and reporting. Activities include daily affirmations said as a group, mutual responsibility for one another’s safety and well- being. The girls share rooms, are taught and practice checking in with one another and sharing their safety needs. We communicate electronically throughout the year.
The work of Journey 2 Free and the Greater Hartford Family Advocacy Center’s community organizing group, Under Our Wings, has brought attention to child and adult sexual abuse and assault in St. Thomas Parish. Adult women are “coming out” as survivors and questioning cultural misogyny. They are questioning in their homes, their communities and even in the courts!
We treat these girls as the valuable human beings they may not yet know they are. The retreat is held at a hotel. We supply linens and toiletries and give them to the girls to take home. Each is given a decorative journal and pens, a hand held mirror and hygiene products. These simple things are luxuries for most of them. They eat well for the long weekend. They have time to play and relax and do their work…
This is the start of something that we must continue and hope to grow!
Any contribution you can make is greatly and deeply appreciated. THANK YOU!
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On behalf of our fundraising team, we would like to thank you for your generous donations. We have only a few days to go and though we have not yet met our goal, we are sincerely appreciative of the donations received. Thank you!!
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Please support this worthy cause! By donating you will be supporting and encouraging the efforts of 30 girls on their healing journey after being raped, sexually abused or trafficked. Reclaiming your dignity, increasing self-esteem, self-worth and self-value may seem impossible after sexual attacks, however with help, healing is within reach. Help us continue this work. From our hearts to yours, Thank you!
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Please support our efforts. Help us help 30 girls that have been raped/sexually abused begin their journey to healing. As a rape survivor/thriver I know the crippling and life altering effects being raped as a child causes if not helped. Please help us continue the work we started... Thank you kindly.
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Raised by 20 people in 3 months
Created April 18, 2019
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on behalf of Sandra Rhone
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