All Survivors Day is an international opportunity to raise awareness of sexual abuse, stand in support and recognition of survivors, and to come together to change the culture that surrounds sexual violence. Whether you are holding an in-person event in your local community or will be adding your voice using the #AllSurvivorsDay hashtag, using social media can help spread the word about the day and get people on board with the cause.
On this page you will find ideas you can use as-is or draw inspiration from when creating events to celebrate #ASD. If you have any questions about this content or would like help customizing it for your own events, feel free to contact us.
Ideas for #AllSurvivorsDay
Hold a press event in your area to promote #ASD. The press event could include many actions, such as:
Marching, from one location to another, holding signs and educating passersby via handouts and conversation to the effects of abuse and who is affected.
Inviting a qualified speaker (therapist, social worker, police officer, rape crisis center representative, etc.) to educate those on abuse, what to look for, and how to prevent and stop abuse.
Inviting survivors and supporters to share their stories. Invite local church leaders to attend.
When people hear about our experiences, they become more concerned. When we have a chance to be heard, we heal. Whether it’s Catholic or non-Catholic, large or small, create the opportunity for discussion and for survivors to be heard.
Host a watch party! Rent a space and show a movie that touches on topics like clerical abuse or healing from abuse that will encourage healthy discussion. Possibly movies to show: Spotlight, Hand of God, Is Your Story Making You Sick?, etc.
Have lunch or dinner with a survivor. Get to know a local survivor or supporter of a survivor and their stories. If you have a community in your area of survivors, host a lunch or dinner party where you and other survivors and supporters can get together for some informal fun and support.
Ask your pastor or organization to print material about #AllSurvivorsDay in church bulletins or any publications. Victims come forward when they feel welcomes and know they’ll be supported. That, in turn, makes the church and other institutions safer for everyone.