Hope Shines

For my birthday last August, I did a fundraiser in support of RAINN because of a situation within my own family. At the time, I didn’t give many details (you can read that post here if you’d like) but I knew I wanted to help an organization that provides assistance to sexual assault victims and their loved ones, because not everyone has the resources to get the help they need. I made my goal $4,900 (because I was turning 49 and I am a nerd like that) and together, we reached that goal.

After my August fundraiser, I was contacted by some organizers at RAINN to see if I would be interested in partnering with them for a few events they are doing this year in honor of their 25th anniversary, and I immediately said yes. We recently had a meeting where we discussed all of the free services they provide for sexual assault victims and their loved ones, as well as information on reporting the assault and communicating with law enforcement and how the criminal justice system works. Since 1994, RAINN has helped over 3,000,000 survivors and their loved ones get the help they need, and that help is free to them because of donations from people like you and me.

This weekend, July 12-14, I am working in support of RAINN with one their partners, Uncommon Goods, who will be donating $25 from each $60 purchase, to RAINN with their Hope Shines necklace; a moonstone pendant that glows against hammered sterling silver, rising in front of a 14k gold vermeil sun as a symbol of light and protection, and is meant to inspire its wearer to believe hope always shines through. If you would like to purchase one for yourself or get it as a gift for a friend or loved one, you can order it here.

(Close-up of the necklace)
(Photo of what the necklace looks like on. Me, for scale)

Thank you for helping me, and Uncommon Goods, support RAINN and all they do for assault victims and their families, with your purchase this weekend. Together, we are making a difference.

3 thoughts on “Hope Shines

  1. Thank you so much for doing this Anne 💜 I suffer from PTSD as a result of multiple sexual assaults. Seeing all the work you are doing with RAINN means so much to me and other survivors. I pray for healing for your loved one. 💛

  2. Hi Anne! This looks like a beautiful necklace, and a wonderful cause. I just ordered one for Pat, as a “no occasion necessary” gift. So please don’t spill the beans. 🙂 I’m glad I saw your Instagram post about this! I’m sure Pat will love it.

  3. Thank you so much for working with RAINN. Survivors of sexual assault really appreciate it when some of the celebs they admire stand up for what’s right. I am open about being a survivor of sexual assault, and my readers appreciate it. It’s not an easy stance to take–whether you’re talking about family, friends, or yourself, but it’s so necessary. The sooner we remove the stigma, the more we open up how widespread the issue is, the better we’ll be able to work towards healing the victims and towards putting an end toward a culture that accepts it.

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