These statistics are staggering, and sadly, are consistent with data from 20 years ago, when I began working with survivors. Not only does this justify the need for Avalon’s existence, but pushes us to provide for more survivors, offer deeper and broader services to each survivor, and work harder than ever to end sexual violence.
Avalon’s model of care is an innovative, place-based solution that places the complex needs of survivors above all else. We combine trauma-informed, comprehensive medical services, and evidence-based best practices in the field of sexual violence to offer survivors responsive, person-centered healing. We work diligently so that survivors can access services easily, eliminating redundant paperwork and intake processes and housing services in one location to reduce stress. To complement this work, we provide sexual assault identification and support training for healthcare and law enforcement professionals. Our advocacy efforts provide survivors with tools to speak their truths and seek justice against their abusers. Our expertise and championship inform policy change and advance social justice initiatives. Through a community-informed needs assessment, survivors were able to help us understand their needs and hopes, shaping the Avalon Healing Center strategy and design. Ultimately, this model is being developed in a way that encourages replication across the nation while allowing communities to tailor the model and meet their unique needs.
Please accept my invitation to join us in this groundbreaking endeavor as we combat sexual violence and the ideas of oppression and subjugation and behaviors that sustain it. Together, we will overcome the pain inflicted by this violence. Together, we will offer healing and hope to survivors. And together, we will shape a new solution to one of the world’s oldest problems. On behalf of the 17,000 survivors and their families and communities Avalon has served, I thank you for uniting with Avalon Healing Center in this ever-important effort and look forward to sharing our many successes with you.
KIMBERLY S. HURST
BS, MA, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Founder and Executive Director, Avalon Healing Center