What is Climb Against Sexual Abuse?
CLIMB is an organisation dedicated to breaking the silence on sexual violence, empowering survivors and creating a powerful movement of change. The movement is present in 11 countries on 4 continents and is still expanding.
CLIMB is determined to bring a societal change by encouraging survivors to speak up and share their stories. Not only so we can help support them on the healing journey, but so, as a culture, we can overcome the stigma and social repercussions that exist in our society.
The organisation creates survivor videos and shares them across social media to challenge, educate and change societal norms.
They also participate in educational outreach programme to help break the silence and taboo surrounding sexual assault.
All of these activities centre around filmed mountaineering expeditions that support survivors of sexual abuse to overcome the challenges that stand in their way.
How to get involved
Going through sexual abuse is one of the most brutal experiences; but defeating this experience and being able to heal are greater achievements. CLIMB's mission is to show the world that healing is possible. They are looking for survivors of rape or abuse who are willing to share their stories either on their website (even anonymously) or on screen and be part of this positive movement. To share your story and join CLIMB, please visit www.climbagainstsexualabuse.com/survivor or email them at [email protected].
Sexual violence is a global problem and CLIMB need leaders around the world to tackle this issue as per the country’s society and culture. CLIMB is looking for members and leaders to be the driving force in every community. Members/leaders will be responsible for organizing educational outreach programs, supporting survivors, partnering with other organizations and creating a positive movement in their country. To join them and learn more, please visit www.climbagainstsexualabuse.com/member or write to [email protected].
Message from the co-founders: Poonam Thimmiah and Shada Abuhattoum
CLIMB was started by two One Young World ambassadors after attending the 2014 Summit in Dublin, Ireland. Within 5 months of starting CLIMB, we have 16 members actively working in 11 different countries across 4 continents. We are in discussion with member/ leaders in Nepal, Ghana, Algeria, Canada and Bangladesh to start our next chapters. We have had 5 international events and touched 640 lives.
In the last 5 months, we have gained 4.6k followers on Facebook and 10.7k+ views on our website. We have appeared on Huffington post, New York University Stern newsletter, as well as a One Young World blogpost. Last but not the least we have had amazing support and advice from notable leaders like Jacob Lief, Montek Alluwahlia, Cecilia Park, Jeremy Levin, Cathy O’Dowd, Ambassador Mulay, Mallika Dutta and others. We are proud to say that we have achieved all this at an operational cost of 0$, and was made possible because of technology, social media and the vastly untapped power in people.