If you have suffered or are at risk of honor violence and abuse, we hope these messages from the AHA Foundation’s supporters and advocates show you that you are not alone and give you strength and encouragement.

If you have suffered or are at risk of honor violence and abuse, we hope these messages from the AHA Foundation’s supporters and advocates show you that you are not alone and give you strength and encouragement.

“Dearest you. I don’t know you, and I probably never will. But I always think of you and I want you to know that even though we will never meet, I will always fight for you. Even though we will never speak, I will be your voice.
You are not alone. You are loved.
And if it takes all of us to change the world for you, then that’s what we will do. We are one, and we will move mountains for you. Think of me, as I think of you. Be strong.”

― Paola

“Don’t be afraid to speak up. Being fearful allows them to control you.”

― Andrew

“ ‘One day in the very near future you will be free to be whoever you want to be.’ That’s what I use to tell my little girls when I was trapped in a violent marriage I was forced into at the age of 13 years old. It took many, many years for me to find my voice and the help I needed to escape that marriage, but it finally happened for us and now we are free. Please always remember you are not alone in whatever situation you are in, and that there are people like the AHA Foundation who can and will help you. Never lose hope that things will change for the better, because hope is a very powerful tool to use against your abuser.”

― Gabriella Gillespie

“You are not alone, I promise you. There are thousands of people who would give you love and support, you just need to reach out and find them. Do not be afraid to get help, being happy is your right and if it’s not given to you, then you must take it. Stay strong <3”

― Sofia A

“Be brave and courageous! When suffering strikes us, we can do one of two things: either hide far and deep, and let our suffering exhaust us and wear us out, or let it make us stronger, wiser, more capable of helping others in need. Those others need your help and support, your understanding, your willingness to bring goodness to the suffering and weak. Please be of good heart and good hope!
With love!”

― Aleksandra Czwojdrak

“You’re brave, you’re strong and you are not alone. Remember that. We need to speak up and share our story so we can change society and protect other girls. Together we can fight this and win the battle.”

― María José

“So many people are angered and saddened by the pain you endure and determined to find ways to prevent it happening to others.”

― Tom Brockman

“Women are the foundation of the family. A strong family is the foundation of a strong civilization. Be strong beautiful girl! You are NOT alone. Women around the world are hearing of your pain, and we are fighting for you.
Every person on this earth deserves, and has the right to 100% freedom. We have the right to make our own choices!
We must all be strong together and help each other to gain this right. We will teach our sons and daughters that they are equal.
Remember you are amazing. And you as a woman, have the power to change the world!
Sending love from Canada. Xoxox….”

― Maureen O’Brien

“ ‘You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery.’ -Unknown”

― Ronald Mannshardt

“Please know how worthy you are of real love and respect. Stand strong, stand proud,and know you can do this. Family are those that love and support you and not always who you share a bloodline with. No matter how hard it is to let go, know that when you do let go of those who would do you harm, you will leave room in your life for those who will cherish you. Many of us who have never met you have love in our hearts for the beautiful soul you are.”

― Cori Gross

“You are not alone, the world cries out for safe and equal treatment for all human beings regardless of gender or wealth. Stay safe!”

― Unni Richardsen

“You are strong and you are brave, and you will overcome this!”

― Tammy

“You are in our hearts and in our thoughts. Know the rain is our tears for your suffering and the sun is our hope that one day all girls will be free. We know there are no words to ease your pain, but believe people like Hirsi Ali are fighting for your freedom from misery and one day they will win.”

― Christine Dorothy

“Please know that many of us are available to help you. We are here to stop forced marriages, genital mutilation and other type of humiliation and acts that you don’t want. Let us know when we can help.”

― Stephen A. Wineteer

“Don’t ever give up on yourself or your aspirations.  Everyone has a reason to be strong for the next generation.  Look to inspirations of civil liberty leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.  We educate today to give the future a better life.”

― Jeremy Norton

“As children we often dream about our perfect lives, who we would marry or which amazing job we will have in our future…but sometimes on our way of achieving these dreams we meet people, who are not supportive by achieving our goals…and sometimes we get even stuck with these negative people because they make us believe there is no way out , they makes us believe that they are our only way…but they are not! You always have a choice in your life, don’t let other people get control over your dreams, hopes and especially over your life. I know maybe it is hopeless for you sometimes or you think you don’t have enough energy to fight them. But believe me there is always a solution, always a way out and if you need help you will find amazing people on this website who will help you to believe again in you, your hopes and your dreams. Start believing in you again, because I do!”

― Diana Christin

“As an Somali ex muslim I think website is really amazing. I hope this will help everyone. The importance of this thing is that we need to believe that this is not a shame. Many woman and young girls believe that which is not good point.  Please talk about your problems , only you can make a change in your life!”

― Muniira

“My dearest sisters, it is your human right to be free from abuse and oppression. It is our responsibility to help each other resist and change any part of culture that oppresses and abuses women and children.  We need to work together now. Put women’s health and rights first and you will have a society that is peaceful for all our children. I’m with you, and I wish for your happiness and freedom, and your space to bring all your own special blessings and love into the world. The men who oppress you need to be challenged.  Western women who have any economic or social power need to raise their voices and purses now to help those less fortunate than us, because there but for the grace of God go we….”

― Kyls Burtland

“I am thinking of you and wishing you strength in overcoming the burdens placed on you.  You deserve peace and understanding and know that you are not alone  and that many in our free society want to help you.  Never give up.”

― Mary Herrington

“My heart goes out to you and hurts for you and everything you had to go through in your life.”

― Jelena Levin

“I have great sympathies for such women. I will be an ardent supporter of these brave women for the rest of my life.”

― Shehzad Ali

“No one has the right to abuse you in any way and you have a right to protect yourself from anyone who would do so or who would threaten to do so.  Abuse can disguise itself in many forms, particularly as ‘tradition’, ‘culture’ or ‘religion’, but it is still abuse and it is not allowed in this country and will one day end worldwide.  Sometimes, abuse can start because you respect or admire someone who reinforces or condones its legitimacy.  Do not be misguided by anyone who attempts to justify it. 

Please know that there are millions of people in this very country and all over the world who are fighting for you so that you do not have to suffer in silence and that our voice is your voice.  Please call upon our strength and make it your own so that you may live in peace and dignity, not fear.”

― Ray F.

“Thinking of you all the time.  We all wish we could do more.”

― Cameron Riddle

“You are more than the situation you may find yourself in. You are here for a reason. It may seem like there is no hope, but you have us. Remember, you are more than the situation you are in. Do not let that define who you are. You are brave.”

― Yurytzy Sanchez

“I stand with you and recognize your suffering. You are not alone.”

― Rebecca Oshiro

“Hey, I am company with you. I’d like to hug you,you are beautiful and strong.”

― Silvia Xie

“Let us know how we can help. My family can’t promise anything. But can promise to listen which hopefully will be all that you need. We are here for you rain or shine and not going any where.”

― Saul Cendejas and Family

“I wish for you the strength to overcome, the hope to believe there is another way, another life that you can have where you are free to choose.

Where you are free of fear and anger.

I wish for your voice to be heard.

I am with you.”

― Michelle

“You should not feel shame or embarrassment, this is your body and no one has a right to defile it, no religion, no culture, no one has a right to disfigure your body,  female genital mutilation is appalling, a horrible insult to you, a reprehensible act of violence on your body and your femininity, it should be outlawed and those involved should be prosecuted in the courts, you deserve to live a full life and not be punished because of some religious ideology, I stand by you and just know that i  support you and know you’re not alone, there are those that want to help stop this.”

― Chris M.

“We support you and your right to not have to live in the shadows and hide your faith and who you are and your desire for a full and joyful life as a woman. God Bless you all and know you have millions out there who care and are praying for you.”

― Carson Zickefoose

“There are no words to describe the heartbreak and horror that I feel in learning about what you have experienced. But you are NOT alone. I am grateful that you are seeking help, and I encourage you to follow through without fear. You are dearly loved and cherished not only by this foundation, but by myself and millions of others throughout the world.”

― Hans

“Hello…I am a counselor for over 30 years and my heart breaks to think of the pain and suffering any young girl has or may go through with this horrible abuse…Please don’t suffer in silence, please reach out for help as there are people who care and will listen and support you…you are prayed for and as a professional who has worked with women for decades, please reach out, you are not alone!”

― Melonie Gale MA LMFT, LPCC, LMHC, NCC

“Be strong!  We are with you and you are in our wishes and prayers.”

― Monique

“The weak people of this world will hurt you, and the strong stand WITH you to encourage you to SPEAK UP and fight for your RIGHT to not suffer and be in pain from the hands of people who should be PROTECTING YOU!!!  Don’t keep you pain a secret… tell everyone, teachers, and parents!!  There will be a person who feels your pain and will help you!!!”

― Sarah

“To all the girls who have suffered FGM my love and support to you. Do not be afraid to assert your rights, speak up and make your voice heard. May God bless you!”

― Romi A.

“Young woman: Truly, you are not alone. I promise, other women love you and support you and are trying to help you.  We won’t forget about you, not ever.  Be strong, have courage.  Women of the US stand with you!”

― Julie Dimeo

“I want you to know that you are not alone.  Complete strangers care so deeply about you and I am one of them.  Do not let your past define you, do not let what has happened to you define you – you are stronger than both.  You are a warrior and you are loved!”

― Bronwin Barilla

“Hello to whoever may be reading this. I want you to know if you are suffering that you are not alone. No one deserves to go through that pain, especially by yourself. I hope to be able to do more as I get older, but right now I want to send my thoughts and prayers. Remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.”

― Emily I

“What has happened to you does not define you.  You are beautiful, and you are of great worth no matter what others (even those who love you) have done to you. People do many wrong things to each other, and we will do everything we can to teach them to stop this wrong.”

― Glenda

“There are many who care about what happens to you. Do not be afraid to reach out for help. I am outraged by genital mutilation, forced marriages, and abuse. Please know this is not right or good. No one deserves this. It must be stopped.”

― Julie Sornsin-Cardwell