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Imagine the pain, confusion, and anguish of trusting someone who uses your trust to abuse you.

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Like millions of others, Chloe and her family never imagined the danger next door.

Imagine the pain, confusion, and anguish of trusting someone who then uses your trust to force you to endure unimaginable physical, sexual, and emotional violence. Chloe was a happy young girl living in the suburbs with her family, until she put her trust in the new next-door neighbor, Janet. Janet was a sex trafficker, and Chloe's life would never be the same.

More than 10 million people every year in the United States suffer domestic and sexual violence, including sex trafficking – people of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and socio-economic classes. Right here in our community, 818 survivors suffering domestic and sexual violence reached out to The Cocoon for services for themselves and their children in 2021. And while that number is staggering, we know there are many more who are too scared or unable to reach out for help.

We have never met a survivor who willingly chose a life of abuse. We have never met a survivor who wanted their children to witness or suffer abuse at the hands of a partner, family member, or friend. We have never met a survivor who woke up one day and said to themselves "Today, I would really love to go to a shelter."

We work with survivors every day who are standing up and saying "no more!" despite the inherent risk to their safety. Survivors who no longer want their children to be afraid in their own homes. Survivors who have dreams and hopes for lives free from abuse, fear, and pain. Survivors who are just like you and me.

Your tax-deductible gift will be put directly back into supporting life-saving programs and services that are always provided to survivors at no cost to them, eliminating financial barriers to accessing safety, healing, and justice. We couldn't do this without the support of friends like you.

Thank you for standing with survivors!