In the pursuit of a community that is free of sexual violence, Our VOICE serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse, through counseling, advocacy and education.
Our VOICE, Inc. is a non-profit crisis intervention and prevention agency which serves victims of sexual violence, age 13 through adult, in Buncombe County. The agency was founded in 1974 as an all-volunteer grassroots organization. The agency remained underground until 1982 when we received our non-profit status and the first employee was hired. Now, 35 years and considerable growth later, Our VOICE employs seven paid staff and over 50 volunteers, working both to support the healing of survivors of sexual violence and to prevent future acts of sexual violence.
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Core Beliefs of Our VOICE:
1. We believe that all people deserve to experience healthy sexuality and personal safety regardless of sex, gender identity or sexual identity. Our programming stems from this belief, and seeks to promote open communication and informed choice.
2. People who experience sexual violence are not to blame. Perpetrators of sexual violence are to blame.
3. We believe that with information and support, clients can explore options and alternatives and make their own decisions. All reports are taken seriously and believed.
4. All information received from clients is strictly confidential (except in cases of child abuse or neglect, or when clients are a danger to self or others).
5. We see sexual violence as a widespread public health threat with historical and cultural origins, rather than the isolated problem of a small margin of people. Sexual violence is one aspect of gender-based oppression, and is inextricably linked to other forms of oppression.
6. We believe that healing is possible – both on an individual and cultural level.
7. We believe that most people, of all genders and backgrounds, see sexual violence and sexual harassment as wrong. It is our goal to unite across boundaries to address this problem together. We reject thinking that says rape is a woman’s issue, or that denigrates men as the enemy.
Our VOICE recognizes the difficulty many people have in reporting sexual violence. We also acknowledge the traumatic nature of sexual violence and the need for providing support and information to the victims of these crimes. To assist the survivor in regaining a sense of control over their life is the primary goal of our direct services.
Our VOICE brings programming to diverse groups throughout the county that addresses the root causes of sexual violence, advocates for positive social change and empowers individuals.