Year End Campaign
As the year comes to an end the Center for Anti-Violence Education reflects on our impact over the past twelve month. We invite you to learn about the issues we deal with and the individuals we help through our work.
Please consider making a year-end gift to continue to make our work possible.
Tristen’s first connection to the Center for Anti-Violence Education was through the empowerment self-defense program we ran at the drop-in center for homeless LGBTQ youth where he regularly showed up. He was going back and forth between living on the streets and with his sometime boyfriend. Tristen did not miss a single self-defense class and at the end of the 20-week program, he announced to our instructor that he knew he had the right to be safe. For him, this understanding was radical.
LGBTQ youth are eight times more likely to become homeless than non-LGBTQ youth. Once homeless, these young people are also eight times more likely to experience violence and harassment on the streets because of their identity. Mental health issues, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts are also represented in higher rates among this population. At the same time, support services for relationship violence among LGBTQ youth are limited.
Once Tristen started talking about the abusive relationship he was in, he created a safety plan, built up his courage and figured out how to safely leave that relationship. This was three years ago. Despite some ongoing ups and downs,Tristen went on to train as one of our Pride Protectors - a youth leader who builds tools to de-escalate violence, and gains experience as an activist, learning to speak up and speak out for the safety of others. Tristen looks back and says that what made all of it possible, was what he gained through that first 20-week program - awareness of his self-worth, self-esteem and knowledge of his rights to be safe.
At the Center for Anti-Violence Education we know that everyone has a right to feel safe, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, place of birth, or race. Please give to help us make that right a reality for everyone.