TJ McDowell, Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Lincoln
T.J. McDowell, Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Lincoln, shares his wish that no one need experience the trauma of sexual assault, but that if they do they will know that Voices of Hope can be trusted and is here to help.
Voices of Hope is asking you to stand with those who need help and hope. Join the growing Chorus!
Jim Keck, Minister of First Plymouth
Jim Keck, Minister of First Plymouth discusses the importance of coming together to protect and give hope to those who have suffered from sexual assault and domestic violence.
Teresa Ewins, Chief of the Lincoln Police Department
Teresa Ewins, Chief of the Lincoln Police Department discusses LPD's special victims unit to better help those who fall victim to abuse—people of all ages and all backgrounds--To stand in solidarity with victims. Ewins shares her hope that victims of sexual assault and domestic violence hear this message loud and clear. The Lincoln Police Department along with Voices of Hope any many others are here for survivors.
Karen Gustin, past president of Voices of Hope shares her hope " My hope is that victims of sexual abuse find the strength to love themselves by turning to Voices of Hope for help and healing. and that they pass this message along to others—it’s not your fault. You deserve better."
Marcee Metzger & Scott Young
Last year, Voices of Hope helped more than 2200 victims of sexual assault and domestic violence through crisis intervention, safety planning, and emotional support. These services, as well as thousands of crisis line calls provide hope to victims- the hope of building a safe and positive future.
Starting with the first crisis line call, Voices of Hope has been doing this important work for more than four decades. Partnered with law enforcement, hospitals, culture centers, and the entire community helps victims build a life without fear.
A chorus of hope
As you will discover in the testimonials presented here, the voices are widely varied—survivors, nurses, faith leaders, educators, and community leaders to name a few--but the message is not.
Hope is real. Hope is healing. And we build it together.
Hollie Schmidt is the Minister of Children, Youth & Families of First Plymouth Church
"My hope is that we continue to build a more loving community in which sexual assault is rare. That every teen and young adult may experience healthy and loving relationships that help them to be their true, authentic and confident selves."
Kim is a Voice. The voice of a domestic violence survivor.
"My hope is that anyone who needs help in situations like mine find Voices of Hope. My other hope is to give back. To complete training so that I can be a voice of hope, answering the crisis line when someone else needs a safe place to find hope. If my story helps one person get from that kind of trauma to where I am, Amen."
Beth Buhr, Children and Family Services Administrator at Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Beth Buhr, Children and Family Services Administrator at Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services discusses domestic abuse involiving children, and how Voices of Hope and DHHS work together to address cases of abuse. Buhr shares her hope, that every victim of domestic violence know that there are safe people that can help them build a more peacful and secure life.
Romeo Guerra, Executive Director and Maria Al-Kafaji from El Centro De Las Americas
Romeo Guerra, Executive Director and Maria Al-Kafaji, Family Navigator of El Centro De Las Americas discuss the relationship between El Centro De Las Americas and Voices of Hope. They also share their hope that every victim of sexual abuse and domestic violence knows that it’s not their fault. And that there are safe people at El Centro and Voices of Hope to help them find their own voice and their freedom—hope, and peace.
Michelle Sitorius, past board President and current board member reflected last year on the book "Ruby" by Cynthia Bond. This book heightened her awareness of a life ravaged by rape and domestic violence. Marcee Metzger, past excecutive Director was asked to discuss the reality of such cases here in Lincoln. "What an eye opener".
Captain Jake Dilsaver, from the Lincoln Police Department
Captain Jake Dilsaver, from the Lincoln Police Department shares his hope of every victim of sexual abuse and domestic violence knows that it is not their fault, that there are safe people to help them find their voice and their freedom and peace.
Marla Sohl is the Sexual Assault Services Coordinator at Voices of Hope
Marla Sohl discusses the importance of consent. Join the dialogue about Voices of Hope and domestic violence in Lincoln.
"I hope that anyone who needs help evaluating a relationship that seems out of balance will contact me or another advocate at Voices of Hope for trustworthy confidential help. No matter who you are Voices of Hope is here for you."
Brie Auxier Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at Bryan Health.
"My hope is that every patient gets the help they need to get back to living a safe and whole life. I work the front lines but your voice is as important as mine in standing with those who need us most."