Foundation for Survivors of Abuse Attains 501(c)3 Non-Profit Status, Launches Board of Advisors
SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Foundation for Survivors of Abuse (FSA), founded by Deondra and Desirae Brown of the globally celebrated piano chamber group The 5 Browns, has received 501(c)3 status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Launched in 2013, the Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to “help empower, inspire and create a face for survivors of sexual abuse everywhere” by working to remove the statute of limitations for crimes of sexual abuse and supporting other worthy causes.
Through a series of proactive outreach and partnership programs, FSA aims to bring the topic of sexual abuse out of the shadows, starting with the courtrooms. FSA and the sisters are already working in conjunction with state and national abuse organizations to fight for the right of survivors to heal and prosecute on their own time schedule.
Other FSA projects include a nationwide media campaign to highlight child abuse related issues and promote victims’ rights. The sharing of personal stories through an interactive blog, links to additional resources and opportunities to donate to the cause are all available at FSA’s new website, www.survivingabuse.org.
“I’m very proud to be working with Deondra and Desirae and the good people of FSA,” said Olympic Gold Medal winning gymnast and author of the New York Times bestseller ‘Off Balance,’ Dominique Moceanu. “These women are truly modern day heroes, and by sharing their own stories of abuse and the obstacles they had to overcome, they have already helped so many. Now fighting for the rights of victims everywhere, FSA is working to provide hope to those out there that need to know they are not alone. An organization is in place to help make healing a real possibility.”
Moceanu also announced that she has joined FSA’s Board of Advisors and will work to help spread the word about FSA projects and initiatives moving forward. FSA’s Board of Directors is made up of Aimee Brown, Tera Brown, Kimball Thomson and the organization’s founders. Joining Moceanu on FSA’s Board of Advisors are: MaryAnne Huntsman, Trina Taylor and Carrie Jensen.
“For people who have survived sexual abuse, the effects/scars can be lasting and profound,” said Deondra Brown. “All survivors need the opportunity to heal in their own time, at their own pace and on their own terms. An essential part of the healing process for survivors is the ability to seek justice and prevent the potential for abuse against others by prosecuting the predators who commit these vicious crimes. Currently, the statutes of limitations for crimes of sexual abuse vary widely from state to state, and fail to protect millions of innocent people dealing with the devastating effects of these crimes.”
It is estimated that 80 percent of all sexual abuse goes unreported.
The FSA is looking for support in its efforts to remove unenlightened, antiquated laws, and remove the time limit on justice and healing for survivors. To learn more or donate to the Foundation for Survivors of Abuse, visit www.survivingabuse.org.