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Facebook Live Recap: Surviving Sexual Assault

by Nancy Jones on Oct 16, 2018

Ashley Thomas is the founder of an organization called The Hive Community Circle, a non-profit, faith-based organization that provides advocacy, support, and prevention and education services centered around sexual assault and intimate partner violence. The Hive works with the underserved populations of women and girls in and around Columbia, SC, mostly African American females, fulfilling an incredibly important role in the community.

Ashley was with WREN on September 18 to discuss more of The Hive’s mission, their methods, and the success they have achieved. The interview isn’t one to be missed: watch the full video below.

We are LIVE with Ashley Thomas of The HIVE Community Circle to discuss her work in the community and The Hive's upcoming screening. Comment with a bee emoji if you're watching and ask us any questions you may have! #SCWREN

Posted by Women's Rights and Empowerment Network- WREN on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Here’s what Ashley had to say about the reality of sexual violence and The Hive’s work in the community:

And finally, to end with a piece of advice that Ashley Thomas left us with: prevention of sexual violence happens when you come to the table and have an open conversation about it. You have to educate everyone about sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Don’t just engage the schools. Engage the parents, the workplaces, the faith communities, the public forums, so that the shift in perception permeates our whole culture.

Here are further sources of support for survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence.

National Sexual Assault Hotline:

Both will connect you with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

National Domestic Violence Hotline:

Thank you again for following along on this important topic with us. More like this can be found at WREN’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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