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South Bend tattoo shop raises money for sexual abuse victims

SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- On Sunday, a local tattoo shop joined a global movement which is speaking out against sexual abuse.

The Stillhouse Tattoo and Piercing shop hosted it’s first “Still Not Asking For It” event, where tattoo artists used their craft to raise money for sexual abuse victims. Employees said they were shocked at the turnout.

“This is a way to get the conversation started,” said Amber Olsen, who organized the event in South Bend. “This is a way for women tattoers and supporters of women tattooers to come forward and say we don’t approve of this and this isn’t the type of lifestyle we want.”

The shop raised money for the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County, which helps victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and much more. The group said in the county these are growing issues they see every day.

“I’ve got a daughter and she’s almost 9 years old,” said Erin Watson, who got a tattoo during the event. “I don’t want her to ever feel threatened or in an environment she can’t handle herself in.”

The FJC will use the funds to help run their volunteer-ran S.O.S. hotline, which is available 24/7 for anyone. The funds will also help the organization continue to do the following:

1.      Confidential assessments, safety planning, and referrals,

2.      Access to free, professional counseling and support groups,

3.      Advocacy and prevention education,

4.      Legal guidance including assistance obtaining a protective order.

“People aren’t laying down and taking it anymore people are sick of the way their being treated,” said Olsen.

For more information on the FJC, click here.  

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