A Hashtag to Help Abuse Victims in the Ukraine

According to women’s rights groups, the conflict in east Ukraine has triggered a rise in gender-based violence. In a country where sexual abuse is rarely reported, the Facebook campaign #Iamnotscaredtospeak gives silent victims a voice.” Read the story here.

Similarly, Free Yourself Global is launching its web series “Voices” as we invite people from around the world to share their stories of violence and recovery. Support the Facebook hashtag to support the women to speak out in the Ukraine and share #freeyourselfglobal to encourage people around the world to tell their stories. These stories will be used to help inform policy makers around the world about first hand experience in what works and doesn’t work in our current legal and support systems from various countries around the world.

A woman visit her apartment damaged after shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. At least seven civilians and two Ukrainian troops were killed overnight today in eastern Ukraine as shelling from the warring sides intensified. The fighting between Russia-backed separatist rebels and Ukrainian government troops in the country's industrial heartland eased after a truce was signed in February. (AP Photo/Sergey Vaganov)
A woman visit her apartment damaged after shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. At least seven civilians and two Ukrainian troops were killed overnight today in eastern Ukraine as shelling from the warring sides intensified. The fighting between Russia-backed separatist rebels and Ukrainian government troops in the country’s industrial heartland eased after a truce was signed in February. (AP Photo/Sergey Vaganov)

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