A message from our founder
I'm Meredith and I am the founder of Say it Loud. I created it in 2020 after noticing a huge gap in support for survivors of sexual violence - especially organisations that cater to all individuals of different genders. I am one year away from being a qualified mental health nurse so have knowledge and expertise in working with individuals with different mental health issues, both clinically and non-clinically. I am trained in rape crises and receiving sexual violence disclosures. All of my team are also trained in receiving sexual violence disclosures and how to provide emotional support.
As well as being a support helpline, we also campaign and use our platform to educate others on how to create safe spaces for survivors of sexual violence by teaching them the right language to use, how to respond to sexual violence disclosures and hope to provide a space in which individuals can learn how to make survivors feel validated and heard.
Any questions, please do get in touch.
Our story and core values
Say it Loud was set up by Meredith Graham in 2020 after experiencing sexual violence herself in 2018. When Meredith reached out for support from her university, she felt that the responses she got were victim-blaming and prevented her from healing from her sexual trauma in a productive and healthy way. Meredith although supported mostly by her loved ones, was also surrounded by friends who made her feel as if her experience was not "bad enough" and was often joked about. Due to this, Meredith set up Say it Loud as she felt that although she sought support for her experience and was eventually given this, she was often told to not speak about her experiences and was encouraged not to. Meredith found that as a society, we refuse to speak about sexual violence as it's a taboo subject and felt this does more damage than good.
"When we encourage victims of sexual violence to not speak up about their experiences, we are telling them that they won't be believed and their experiences were not "bad enough." This causes a huge impact on the survivor - often isolating themselves from others and attempting to avoid their trauma can cause severe mental health issues, physical health concerns, and unfortunately, suicide. I believe that we should encourage and empower survivors to speak about their experiences and to seek the support they rightfully deserve."