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Speak Your Silence – Or Theirs

October 30, 2016

I was shocked and saddened to learn that one in 4 girls and one in 6 boys will experience sexual abuse prior to their eighteenth birthday. Most will never tell a soul – but Speak Your Silence is doing something to change this.
We talked with Founder Matt Pipkin to learn more about this amazing company.
Who are you and what is your connection with Speak Your Silence?
I’m Matt. I founded Speak Your Silence. Our mission is to conquer the stigma of child sexual abuse. It stems from my own experience of being sexually abused when I was 6 and then keeping it secret for the next twenty years. I grew up afraid to tell my parents and feeling like I was secretly a bad kid.
A few years ago, I finally told my parents (and they overwhelmed me with love), I went to see a counselor… and he completely changed my life.
Speak Your Silence is in the business of moving child sexual abuse from a heavy, dreary issue to an inspiring cause that we can each be excited to champion. It’s a tall order, but it’s working! 🙂

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What kind of products does Speak Your Silence sell?
We fulfill our mission using our symbol, The Stitch, which is physically representative of a person’s unique voice frequency when they wear it. It looks like this: /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\. So, by wearing it, you symbolically wear your voice and show support for people you love to share the stories they’ve always been afraid to share.
We sell two products. The first is The Stitch kit, which is a DIY product, allowing you to add The Stitch to your favorite clothes, bags, hats, you name it. The second is a pocket tee line (premium quality, handcrafted, and American-made) featuring The Stitch on every pocket.
The shirts are super soft.

How are we making a difference by purchasing from Speak Your Silence?
Our mission is huge, but honestly, it’s fulfilled in a very personal, real-life way by those who wear The Stitch. Collectively, when we wear The Stitch, we’re shifting the social dynamics that surround the whole issue.
But, what I love is that it’s not up to each of us to do it all. Instead, real change happens when one caring person wears The Stitch and shares it with just one friend. That’s powerful and that truly changes lives on a deep level.
In addition to all this awesomeness, given my my counselor changed my life, 100% of profits from The Stitch fund in-person, one-on-one counseling nationwide for those directly affected by child sexual abuse, regardless of their financial means.

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What’s your favorite part about working with Speak Your Silence?

I love that the very thing that changed my life – realizing the truth about myself and my innate, unchangeable worth – is what I get to share everyday with others.
I love the entrepreneurial, creative, and marketing sides of things a ton too. But, when you boil it down, I love when people realize their innate worth.

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We are so happy to stand behind Matt and his life-changing mission. By wearing “The Stitch” you help conquer the stigma of childhood sexual abuse & support your loved ones in sharing their stories.
Learn more about Matt and Speak Your Silence here.
XOXO,
Heather Rose

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