1 in 5 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18 which is an average of 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys. Younique has formed 2 foundations to address this- one for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse and one for awareness and parent/teacher education.
The Younique Foundation Haven retreat is for women who were sexually abused as a child to have a place to go start their healing process and learn methods they can use when they return home. Many of these survivors have felt guilt and shame for years before they are able to attend something like this. They learn all kinds of healing and empowering activities they can continue in their everyday lives. There is a beautiful symbolic activity that they also do during their stay called Kintsuji, which is taking a piece of pottery they’ve chosen themselves then breaking it and repairing it with gold lacquer. They talk about how there is still beauty in brokenness and how to get past “wrong truths”, things we tell ourselves that aren’t real.
The retreat is also a FREE retreat thanks to many forms of donations and fundraising. All these women have to do is get themselves to and from Salt Lake City and the foundation takes care of the rest. If you are having any thought about going, you can read more from my friend Lala on her blog that she wrote about attending the Haven retreat. My favorite part from her post was when she answers the question, Is it worth it?
YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES. It is TOTALLY worth coming to Utah. I understand flights are not cheap and that many women have to find babysitting and that it’s practically a week off of work, but YOU are totally worth it. YOUR healing, YOUR life, YOUR sanity, YOU ARE TOTALLY WORTH IT. The women that did come from out of state gave it a resounding yes as well. They all agreed that it was totally worth flying to Utah for.
Younique also partners with Defend Innocence to educate and bring awareness to childhood sexual abuse. They offer classes to schools and communities to help teachers and parents the signs to look for and ways to talk to children about this issue. At our 2016 convention, we participated in a World Record for most simultaneous selfies, this helped with awareness and getting the word out about this topic which was trending on Twitter and Instagram. #defendthemany #startdefending
Ways you can help the Younique Foundation
There are 3 Younique products that directly go to fund the Foundation. A glimmering pink cream eye shadow called “Hopeful”, eyeliner pencil called “Purposeful” and lip stick called “Sitting Pretty”. I introduced and demonstrated these products on video in the August 2016 Kudos post. Younique is able to match that donation x2 and triple the amount they give on your items!
Also, at check out you have the option to “round up” to the nearest dollar on any purchase, that also goes directly to fund the retreat for women. The average amount rounded up during a purchase is $.19 but that adds up to close to $40,000 a month that goes directly toward the Haven retreat for women.
There are links with more information at the bottom of my website: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/Linds
The founders of Younique decided someone needed to do something about this serious issue. Younique Products was founded because they realized that this was something they would have to take on themselves but it needed funding. I’m so happy to know that the cause came first and the products are secondary to their mission- we are here to Uplift, Empower and Validate women around the world, and I’m so glad to be a small part of it and help get the word out about this important cause. The Foundation was originally part of the 5 year plan, but because of the success of Younique, they were able to announce it and get it rolling at the 2 year mark.
Their long term goals are to bring these retreats around the world and even open up retreats for men of childhood sexual abuse. You can help this cause and its growth by shopping and supporting Younique products and Rounding Up at check out.
This was also one of my topics for #ToolsTuesday on Periscope: