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Hi there! What you are about to read is the story of how Soldiers of Creation came to be. My name is Amy and I am the 1 of 4 North American women that has/ will be sexually assaulted, raped to be more specific and on three separate occasions.
The third time happened in a hostel that was a mixed dorm room right at the end of my year abroad in Australia. After the assault there was a lot of commotion as I’m sure anyone could imagine given the event; police, hospitals, counselors, victim shaming, people's opinions (wanted and not). I had a lot my choices stripped from me in a very short amount of time. I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to go home yet. The whole ordeal was very confusing, but in the end I decided to go home.
In those last two weeks before leaving I ended up meeting a lot of other survivors. I was in a new hostel, an all-girls room this time and six of the nine girls were survivors. I was shocked! I felt like the universe was trying to tell me something. When I got home I found it very hard to move forward. I met so many more survivors and the community of love kept growing. I thought finally people who actually get it, no one wants to be assaulted, but the bond that comes out of meeting someone who has gone through a shared traumatic experience is indescribable. I wanted to continue meeting these people and having a safe space to belong without feeling so powerless.
I decided I was going to start my own company. I wanted to recreate this feeling for all survivors. I wanted to host fundraising events for organizations I discovered through my journey so they could continue to help survivors like myself thrive. I also wanted to have a space for women to support other women through creative endeavors. I later decided there are so many other issues I hold near and dear to my heart that I felt needed to be addressed. I want an inclusive environment where people could feel safe and where dialogue can start.
The next step was branding this company. I needed a logo and was put in touch with an incredibly talented local designer, Willow Mackenzie. After a few exchanged conversations we realized we had many of the same goals and passions. This was a huge endeavor to take on solo so we decided to partner up and are now working together on this amazing adventure.