Our Story: We are survivors!

Member of Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

Mission & Vision

We aim to change places into spaces people want to be

We envision a world where cultural norms develop communities that recognize, identify, and respond effectively to early signs for potential violence. We see the possibility for restoring survivors rights to safely and joyfully enjoy life in all spaces.

Our Strategy

How To Change Places Into Spaces People Want To Be: Improve responses to victims of sexual and bias-based violence, promote social norms that reduce the initiation or perpetuation of violence, and build capacity to create and maintain safer environments within communities; create empowerment opportunities for survivors and marginalized identities; provide relevant core services.

When we set out to bring bar bystander intervention training to our local bars in 2016 we quickly found out how difficult it was without the status of a nonprofit. After failing to find fiscal sponsorship for the program we wanted to start we discovered there were many others wanting to contribute to creating services for unconventional spaces too. After officially incorporating in early 2017 we started on the most important part of prevention and survivor services work…listening.

Listening to the experiences and needs of our community members has connected people in powerful ways. We now have teams of volunteers who are developing program proposals based upon the feedback received about service gaps in the community. Please visit our programs page for more information.
Our relationships with individuals and partners are most valuable to us. Keeping our organization in the hands of community members as much as possible will always be the greatest of our values. We will need your help to do that. Recognizing that the ability to fulfill our mission is a priority, we have spent a year researching and implementing sound management systems, strong governance principles, and mechanisms to assess and redirect when striving to meet our goals.

Fulfilling our mission is our top priority. We have spent a year researching and implementing sound management systems, strong governance principles, and mechanisms to assess and redirect as we strive to meet our goals.

We’re working hard to launch our initial programs. Below is a reflection of the progress we have made so far without the support of grants. Your support makes a difference. If you’re interested in helping us move these programs forward in your city please let us know! Check back for a quick view of our progress or visit each program page for greater detail.

Bystander Intervention Training Goals
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Survivor Support Services Goals
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Legislative Advocacy Goals
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Meet Our Team

Stacey Wright

Stacey Wright

Board of Directors

Stacey is chair of our campaigns committee and brings a passionate background around policy work to our organization. She is the founder of Yes All Daughters and a co-founder of Bartenders Against Sexual Assault (BASA). Yes All Daughters was included among the pivotal moments of 2014 that shifted women’s rights worldwide in an article by Rebecca Solnit, the author of Men Explain Things to Me. Stacey served as a UNA Delegate to the United Nations 59th Commission on the Status of Women in March 2015.

She loves spending time with her partner and her dogs, writing, hiking, and hosting Knitting Circle even though she doesn’t knit.

Jeff Baird

Jeff Baird

Board of Directors

Jeff is an attorney with an appellate and social security disability law practice. Using his skills to assist victims is something he loves doing. His research and skills are guiding the development of two of our program proposals aimed at creating equitable and empowering opportunities for marginalized identities.

When Jeff isn’t doing attorney things, he loves playing fun Irish pub gigs with his band and is currently writing a novel.

Valerie Nathlan

Valerie Nathlan

Board of Directors

Creating and sustaining a trauma-informed and wellness-focused organization is one of our core values. Valerie is dedicated to the oversight of how we care for our organization and the people we call family.

She is a tireless warrior for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls advocate and we are proud to support her work.

Christine Heib-Ishitani

Christine Heib-Ishitani

Board of Directors

Christine’s 31 years in security and nightlife work brings expertise in the implementation of our bystander intervention training. She is completing a bachelors degree in criminal law and forensics and conducts monthly Security Professionals in Nightlife meetings; bringing together local security, bar owners, managers. the police department, fire department, and the state liquor board.

Some of Christine’s passions aside from her work, are gardening, camping, cooking, family time, and playing with her dogs.

Ta Pemgrove

Ta Pemgrove

Interim Executive Director

Ta is a rape prevention specialist and sexual assault advocate who loves listening to people. She’s been in this movement for seven years and in nonprofit management since 1996. Centering victims’ needs at the core of services is her highest priority. She has both her Crime Victim and Sexual Assault Advocate certifications. After serving as a Funeral Director - Embalmer for a decade, she is now working to complete her degree in human services. Her activism started in 2011 after she learned that her daughter had become a victim at nine years old. She has dedicated herself to advocacy the past two years and serves as our interim executive director.

Besides gardening, she spends her spare time canning and preserving food...or eating it!

Johanna Hufstader

Johanna Hufstader

Youth Outreach Specialist

Johanna is passionate about reaching youth and teaching skills to prevent intimate partner violence and helping young people find their perfect match for resources. She is serving on our youth committee and is excited to contribute her voice to represent those who need advocacy.

She loves hiking with her dog, writing, watching documentaries, and studying Hawaiian Shamanism.