With Threads of Compassion leading the way, you can help promote healing and comfort for victims of sexual violence by knitting or crocheting scarves.
Sexual violence is a heartbreaking phenomenon that frequently leaves its victims feeling alone, ashamed, even unloved.
The statistics are staggering. Over 200,000 Americans experience sexual violence every year. And according to the Justice Department, 60 percent of all sexual assaults are never reported.
Since 2005, Threads of Compassion has provided support and comfort to victims of sexual violence through handmade scarves.
The purpose of Threads of Compassion is to convey to sexual violence survivors that they aren’t alone. The home page of their website states their mission beautifully.
The gift of a scarf not only shows the knitter’s/crocheter’s concern for the victim, but also expresses their sorrow for what has happened. Each scarf is made by someone who wishes to provide a small amount of comfort against the pain being faced, and by doing so, lets the victim know they are not alone.
The scarves are tangible objects that can be held, wrapped around the neck or shoulders, with the deeper meaning known only by the wearer. As each victim touches the threads of the scarves they receive, they are connecting with someone who cares about what has happened to them.”
How You Can Help
The easiest way to help is to make a scarf. You can use virtually any pattern you wish. The only requirements: each scarf should be at least 5 inches wide and about 65 inches long. Soft scarves offer tangible comfort to survivors. Therefore, knitters and crocheters should use the softest possible yarn.
The central Threads of Compassion location is in Chicago, Illinois. But several local chapters exist around the United States and in Canada. You can find the list of chapters in the sidebar of the Threads of Compassion website.
If you don’t see your area represented, you may want to consider starting a chapter. Why not start it yourself or get a group of friends together? A terrific guide to starting your own chapter can be found on this page of the ToC website.
Survivors receive scarves in hospitals and rape crisis centers all over the country. For many, this may be the first time they hear — even indirectly — that someone cares.
To learn more about knitting a scarf or starting a chapter, visit the Threads of Compassion website.
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