On April 28, 2012, I'll be participating in the nation's boldest, highest-altitude, and most daring effort to put an end to sexual assault. It's called Operation Freefall: The Two-Mile High Stand Against Sexual Assault. I'll be joining thousands of people at skydive centers across the country who will take to the sky and jump, to raise awareness and money for sexual assault.
You're probably thinking, "You're not a skydiver!" You're right, but I don't need to be. I'll be making a tandem skydive with a United States Parachute Association licensed tandem master. If you don't believe I can do this, I'll show you the video I'll receive as a souvenir of my jump and statement. By participating in Operation Freefall,
I'll be raising funds for Speaking Out About Rape (SOAR) and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) to help: " Maintain and expand the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (operated by RAINN) to ensure access to free, confidential counseling to victims of sexual assault, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. " Extend efforts to provide prevention, recovery, and prosecution information to tens of millions of people, across the country and in your community, each year. " Expand SOAR's programs to educate lawmakers, police officers, students and the media about sexual assault.
I've agreed to raise $1,000 before April 1st, and I need your help. Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation to help me meet my goal? I'll be skydiving from at least 10,500 feet. Your donation will not only help me and other victims/and survivors, but could help prevent you and your loved one from becomming a statistic of this heinous crime!
The FBI categorizes rape as the second most violent crime a person can experience, second only to murder. To put it another way, it's the most violent and traumatic crime any victim lives to remember. Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted. It is the most under-reported of all crimes in the United States. The effects of sexual violence affect all of us. That is why I've committed myself to this event. I hope you'll share in this incredible adventure by supporting me in my fundraising efforts. Of course, if you want to jump, too, let me know and I'll get you registration materials. You can also check out www.operationfreefall.com.
***April will be the 1 year anniversary since my rape. This past year has been a long and difficult struggle to start healing and begin to rebuild my life. Please consider donating to help me and other victims during this difficult process.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” “You must do the thing you think you cannot do” ~~~Eleanor Roosevelt
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support. Together we can fight and stay strong!
Blue Skies, Christina