Gather Together exists to ensure that the voices and lived experiences of survivors of sexual and domestic violence are central to any policy and services designed for us. We believe that survivors should lead the conversation about preventing and healing.
Gather Together is a Baltimore based collective of survivors of sexual and domestic violence engaging in advocacy by telling and centering our own stories. We design public campaigns to support healing and prevent rape and abuse. During bi-monthly gatherings, we develop skills in communications and self care, creating a platform for survivors to heal through collective action. Formed with the support of a fellowship from Open Society Institute-Baltimore, Gather Together is comprised of a growing core collective of survivors and is intended to be a program that can be replicated nationally.
FORCE, the organization behind Gather Together, was founded based on the idea that a more difficult and honest conversation needs to happen to face the realities and root causes of sexual violence. To promote this necessary conversation, FORCE organizers and a team of volunteers create art actions to generate media attention and education and mobilize the community to actively support survivors.