still kickin hero: november 2015
EVERY MONTH, FUNDS FROM OUR SALES WILL GO TO SUPPORT A NEW PERSON WHO DEFINES WHAT IT MEANS TO BE STILL KICKIN.
With a name like Sarah Super, she was bound to be an incredible person, and Sarah does not disappoint. She’s every bit as excellent as her name would have you believe.
Sarah didn’t apply to be a Still Kickin Hero, and nobody nominated her, either.
But I found her myself, when I was reading the paper and her name jumped off the page and into my heart.
It was this story that grabbed my attention. The story where her ex-boyfriend, who raped her at knifepoint in February, was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Where Sarah stood up and delivered a mic-drop of a victim impact statement. Where she refused to be silenced, and used this horrifying experience to propel herself into action.
Sarah founded Break the SIlence, a movement dedicated to helping break the stigma around sexual assault. She has planned two Break the Silence Events in the twin cities, where sexual assault survivors can begin the healing process by finding their voices. (Note: the next one is November 10). And she’s working to create the first sexual assault survivor memorial here in the Twin Cities.
Sarah isn’t just standing up for herself, but for all victims of sexual assault and for all women. She is standing up to rape culture, to a society that asks victims to stay quiet, that asks them whether they were drinking or what they were wearing, instead of standing by them.
Sarah is our hero for a lot of reasons. Not just because she has a voice that the world needs to hear, but because she is so dedicated to helping other survivors find and use their voices, too.
We’re honored to stand by Sarah.
To learn more about how to be an ally to a rape survivor, read Sarah’s very good advice here.
Nora McInerny Purmort
Founder and CEO, Still Kickin, and the Still Kickin Board of Directors