Our vision is to break the stigma and silence that comes with being a victim of abuse. We believe that by encouraging victims to speak up and speak out about their experiences, more victims will be inspired to speak up and seek justice.
If we can get victims of rape and sexual abuse to become vocal, then we believe no other victim will suffer in silence.
We are passionate and committed to giving a voice to silenced victims of rape and sexual abuse globally. Our mission is to achieve this by helping victims get the courage they need to speak up, provide a shoulder for them when the going gets difficult, and by providing support each step of the way in their pursuit of justice.
Our inspiration is wrapped up in the two quotes above. Our founder, Shilla Zwizwai Shomai, has always been passionate about giving back to society. She grew up extremely underprivileged which built an unending desire to help the needy.
As a victim of sexual abuse, Shilla has realised that the world is full of victims who have been forced into silence by their families, society, culture and their abusers. Shilla found her gift in life by dealing with abuse and is now determined to make a difference by creating an avenue through which silenced victims can find their voice and pursue justice. Thus the Charity was born.
Read real life inspiring stories from Shilla and other survivors here.
We are here to listen to you,talk with you and provide you with focused and undivided attention. This is done either through phone calls, emails or in person. Our team consists of both male and female representatives, passionate about making a difference. We support victims from all races, sexes, backgrounds and religion.
We provide help through the following means:
We assist victims of sexual abuse with reporting cases of abuse to the relevant authorities. This may include the Police service, Solicitors as well as social workers. We offer support to victims who may require medical attention. Our team will be present and willing to attend follow up GP appointments with the victim, should they require such support.
This area of work is currently under development.
One to one counselling sessions will help our team assess the type of help which is required in each situation. Counselling sessions will equip each victim with the courage to speak up about the abuse they went through. It is through one to one sessions that their healing process begins.
We will be running monthly support group meetings to help victims of sexual abuse and rape meet together, share their stories and in so doing let the pain and hurt out slowly. We believe such sessions will help deal with the pain and lead to recovery.
As Justice For The Silenced, we aim to run campaigns throughout the year, highlighting the issue of sexual abuse round our communities. We target schools, local authorities as well as members of the public. We're here to inform people of this type of abuse which is happening around them. We educate our community on ways of keeping themselves and their loved ones safe, warning signs of when sexual abuse is taking place, the effects of sexual abuse as well as how to deal with such abuse.
Enow A Georges is a Cameroonian Youth Development Worker and an esteemed Emerging Entrepreneur. A firebrand youth rights activist and public speaker with a deep passion for seeing young people's views being brought to the front burner. He is an outstanding member of the African Youth Leaders Network, and a passionate youth development worker with competent Professional Development skills, with six-years experience in volunteerism, social justice advocacy, monitoring and evaluation.
Marshal Chiza, author of Success in no time & Poor Billionaire is Zimbabwe's youngest to ever be published and most astounding author to emerge. At the age of 18, Marshal has been acknowledged as a force to reckon with as a motivational speaker. His success has also been celebrated internationally as he has been featured in international newspapers such as The New York Times, CNN etc. Marshal has had to work hard in order to gain his success. His motivation? He decided to rise to the top having discovered the bottom was overcrowded!
Joe Katsande is an acclaimed Author, Educator and Entrepreneur. He is a strong advocate for the advancement of education and human rights, particularly the rights of children. Joe firmly believes human rights education (and indeed education in general) is a tremendous empowerment tool to equip children and communities to be more aware of their rights and implement them in their respective circumstances and ensure that the rights of all children are fully realised.
Witness is a Biomedical Scientist by profession. He works for the University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. He has worked for the Trust for 14 years and has over 23 years’ experience as a Biomedical Scientist. Witness was recently given an award as one of the hospital heroes for an outstanding achievement in his work. Witness is also currently studying for a doctorate in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Portsmouth.
I am a 23 year old student currently studying for my Masters in Psychology. I am a motivational speaker and radio show host who loves performing worship dances, engaging in fashion shoots and styling natural hair.
The organisation is close to my heart as i myself was a victim of sexual abuse which led to years of battling with clinical depression and suicidal attempts. Embarrassed and ashamed, i was silenced, but now i have been given the opportunity to be your voice! You are not alone!
My name is Gerard and I presently work and volunteer in the community sector with various groups including issue based, recreational and project based environments. Most of my involvements are aimed towards helping young people to fulfil their potentials and fit comfortably into being effective contributors to their local societies. I am passionate about Justice For The Silenced, most victims feel separated from their society and i believe encouraging them to speak out about the abuse, will equip them with courage to live life to the fullest.
My name is Iram Shafiq. I am 20 years old and currently studying Msc in Pharmacology at the Strathclyde University, Glasgow. Ever since i became aware of this organisation, i was simply intrigued to learn more and to be a part of a group which helps the vulnerable. I have always been a firm believer in bringing justice to the deserved, thus this organisation and what it stands for has become very important to me.
Angella Berrocan, 22 years old. I'm currently studying pharmacy at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. "You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore."- With this in mind I feel that every individual has the right and strength to fight for what they believe in. I personally believe that any form of abuse mainly sexual abuse should not be tolerated. Coming from a country were rape is blamed on the victims not perpetrators and were rape cases are never prosecuted to the end. I want to be the voice of those victims who can not speak up for them selves. My soul goal is to empower women and men all over to have a stand and promote a society that can support rape victims to be able to speak out with out being threatened, blamed or judged.
My name is Leah Sibindi, I am 25 years old and I study Business at Glasgow Clyde College. My passion is helping others, I'm kind hearted and abuse is something close to home for me. I want to support those who have been through this same traumatic experience. It hurts to think that as I am writing this someone is getting abused! I have spent so many years of my life asking myself questions I still can not answer. I want to say to you "SPEAK OUT" , Someone WILL listen".