As Bill Cosby’s accusers are raked over the coals for coming forward with their personal accounts of sexual abuse, a Buffalo woman and sexual abuse survivor says, enough.
In partnership with the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), award-winning urban faith-based media specialist Dianna Hobbs has launched the “No More Secrets” nonprofit campaign to make it safe for sexual abuse survivors to open up.
“Sexual assault is more common than we like to acknowledge. It is one of the least reported crimes to law enforcement,” said Jen Marsh, VP of Victim’s Services for RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.
“I was molested by a neighbor at age six and was too ashamed to admit it to my own mother until I was an adult,” said Hobbs. “I didn’t even speak about it publicly until two years ago. It breaks my heart to see women shamed, vilified and criticized for telling what happened to them.”
Hobbs, publisher of Empowering Everyday Women (EEW) Online Magazine, got the idea to create the “No More Secrets” campaign after hearing the story of Lawanda Watson, a woman raped by her father at age nine.
“I learned the horrific truth from her husband Jason during a video shoot for his song ‘Secrets’ based on her experience,” explained Hobbs, who first met the Christian rapper known as “Json” through the video’s director and editor, Julio Montalvo of Kre8tor Films.
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine