2021 Grants Challenge

Survivor Empowerment Retreats: Connecting, Healing and Learning

Voices Beyond Assault believes in providing aid, resources, innovative therapy methods for survivors of sexual assault. We believe by amplifying the voices of survivors and changing the process of post-traumatic healing. Through our three pronged approach of education, advocacy and resource delivery, we aim to provide new resources to survivors so they can be healers and become the newfound leaders in our world’s fight against sexual violence.


In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

Central LA

East LA


County of Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles

What is the problem that you are seeking to address?

23% of women and 9% of men report forced sexual activity ever in their lifetime, according to national data from 2019. In Los Angeles 63 to every 100,000 person has experience sexual violence. This trauma can result in severe physical and emotional trauma. Deploying targeted psychotherapeutic treatment that is individualized for the survivor is important to achieving optimal patient outcomes. There are several valid and evidence-based treatments available for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and interpersonal difficulties that can result from sexual abuse and assault. Voices Beyond Assault is working to end the societal issue of sexual violence and focus on survivor rehabilitation and healing. stereotypical of victimhood and powerlessness is of the past. We aim to dismantle and reconstruct the notion. VBA has employed an intersectional approach with radical inclusion. Sexual violence must be addressed because of the society-wide damage it has done and continues to do to date.

Describe the project, program, or initiative that this grant will support to address the problem identified.

Voices Beyond Assault believes in the power of healing, the power of connecting and a network that is empowered by survival. We have based our organization around innovative ways of healing such as yoga, meditation, boxing, pole dancing, self-care activities, etc. The programs are innovative and unique to healing. We recognize that a conscious relationship with your sexuality after sexual abuse is essential to a happy, healthy life. That’s why we address this as a key component. We assist by creating a safe environment to heal, examining beliefs built around your trauma, empowering survivors to live fully and successfully. The Survivor Retreat builds a community of survivors which can encourage collective healing and honor the inherent beauty of our diverse survivor community. We will create a network of empowered survivors who will support one another and become future leaders in the fight to end sexual violence. We want to completely abolish the old stereotypes perpetuated.

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 250

Indirect Impact: 3,000

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

Sexual assault results in neurobiological impacts on survivors of sexual violence that creates PTSD, anxiety, violence, drug use and possibly suicide. All of the effect will determine a person effectivity within their community. Incorporating healing modalities that address the impact of sexual trauma on one’s body, mind and spirit allows survivors to fully address the fullest depth and scope of their wounds, while regaining a deep sense of wholeness that enhances their way of life. Our core belief is that “healing looks good on you,” which truly bring about progression and success in life. Our Los Angeles Community can be safer, happier and more progressive knowing that survivors of sexual assault are healing and paving a way for other survivors to heal within our community.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

VBA plans to define and measure the success of our of our innovative programs through metrics such as: (1) program evaluation forms, (2) survivors engagement (3) reoccurring survivors (4) the word of mouth, and (4) the research done on healing and progression. This information will all be collected, stored and published through our annual reports.

Which of the CONNECT metrics will you impact?​

Social and emotional support

Public arts and cultural events

LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion

Prevalence of trauma and adverse childhood experiences

Indicate any additional LA2050 goals your project will impact.

LA is the best place to LEARN

LA is the best place to PLAY