"The moment I saw Skyler from across the room, my heart whispered..."There is a survivor." Not only a survivor...but thriver. As Skyler Mechelle opened her soul to us and shared a piece of her writing..the raw, real emotion I felt could not be denied. This woman was a force to reckoned with. This woman was going to change how we spoke about and perceived trauma and abuse and grief and loss and sexuality and fluidity and love and pain. This woman needed to be heard and seen and cherished and demanded to be. And I was able to take her all in...every word...and truly be planted into her life at the time of her abuse. And then brought back to life as she brought herself to healing. Skyler is a miracle. Her story is just that."
-Survivor, Master's Programme Student
After enduring over 17 years of incest, physical violence, and sex trafficking through and by her immediate family, Skyler escaped at the age of 18 and has since sought to redefine what it means to live life after abuse. Prior to her advocacy work, she found solace in the creative fields and built a career using the skills her PTSD and healing provided her. Gaining confidence through her exceptional work ethic, attention to detail, and deep understanding of emotion, she become a COO for start ups and entrepreneurs which eventually took her overseas to Switzerland and Ireland. However, after returning to the states in June of 2017, she has since built a movement that not only seeks to educate and destigmatise a very prevalent issue in our society, but refine and modify the support that is already in place. Taking note from her own incredible healing journey, and the many lives she has served, Skyler is not only breaking the silence, but redefining what it means to be heard and believed after experiencing unimaginable abuse.
We are solo in our endeavours to promote the education, advocacy, and resources on sexual assault and sexual trauma, instead of forming an organisation, non-profit, or any other branch of that word. We have all, personally and for different reasons, not only been hurt by the system but have worked within the non-profit and business sectors enough to know that our approach can be so much more beneficial if we receive our funding privately and through pre-established institutions. Leaving us with the ability to not edit or modify the work we do, and to remain open and discerning to who we partner with. Choosing to help reform and educate the systems already in place through our knowledge, and my extensive trauma history, through education and training and using the funding we receive to not only support ourselves but facilitate free works for survivors.
All of this couldn't be possible without the support of my patrons, thank you for being the silent and precious foundation to this very important work.