In November 2020 JBC met with We See You Fund (WSYF) grantees in a series of online meetings. These conversations were meant to connect grantees to one another, build rapport with JBC, and share a final report about WSYF grants that was both informal and less burdensome to our WSYF participants.
The 12 rapid-response grants of up to $5000 prioritized survivor-led groups with intersectional practices, a specific emphasis was placed on organizations offering non-institutional responses to CSA, and communities that cannot readily rely on law enforcement, child welfare, or healthcare services, including Black and Indigenous, queer and trans, people with disabilities, and people with complex immigration issues.
Our geographically diverse organizations included:
- The Brave House
- Embodiment Project
- Fathers & Families of San Joaquin
- The Hive Community Circle
- Human Rights for Kids
- The Inner Truth Project
- Music Beyond Measure
- Native Justice Coalition
- Prostasia Foundation
- S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective
- Sovereign Bodies Institute
- Women’s Leadership Project
During our group and individual virtual calls in December, WSYF grantees were asked the following questions:
- How does or did it feel to focus on CSA in the application process?
- How did this grant support your work within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic?
- What are some recent challenges you have faced with your work?
- What are some of the strengths that you see in your organization or your work?
- What is your dream for a world without CSA?
Grantees expressed a range of needs and ongoing challenges, and also expressed many strengths and assets within their organizations and communities that bolster their work to end Childhood Sexual Abuse. The resulting images created by graphic artist Jayda Shuavarnnasri (@vivrant_visuals on Instagram) are a sample of their reflections.