We BELIEVE in the power of young STUDENTS
CAT (DAISY) COLEMAN
MARCH 30TH, 1997 - AUGUST 4TH, 2020
Through our shock and sadness, we are releasing a statement about our loss of Daisy. As all of our supporters know, Daisy has fought for many years to both heal from her assault and prevent future sexual violence among teens. She was our sister in this work and much of the driving force behind it. We were not just a non-profit team, but a family. We are shattered and shocked by her passing from suicide. She had been in EMDR therapy for 2 years, working on her triggers and healing from the many traumas in her life. She had many coping demons and had been facing and overcoming them all, but as many of you know, healing is not a straight path or any easy one. She fought longer and harder than we will ever know. But we want to be mindful of all the young survivors who looked up to her. Please know that above ALL ELSE, she did this work for you. She loved talking to young people about changing the culture and taking care of one another. Much of her healing came from each of you. She was so proud of the work we’ve done and loved seeing so many fierce young activists push for change in their schools and among their friends.
She would want young survivors to know they are heard, they matter, they are loved, and there are places for them to get the help they need. And she would want everyone else - peer allies, educators, parents, legislators, religious leaders - to come together to help stop sexual violence and help save teen lives.
As advocates we know survivors of sexual assault are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide than those who haven’t experienced sexual assault, and that is why we will keep dedicating ourselves to this work in her legacy. There’s no question that she would want that.
All of our love, SafeBAE
HOW We started
These survivors (&family) came together during the filming of the Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy” to help prevent what happened to them from happening to anyone else. Daisy Coleman, Ella Fairon, Jada Smith &Charlie Coleman have bravely spoken out about their sexual assaults, the public sharing of the assaults over social media, the community backlash they
received, their schools’ mishandling of their ongoing harassment and how they have fought for necessary change.
How We Do It
Since our incubation, we estimate our reach to be over 5.5 million people. We have created dozens of social media campaigns, presented at over 100 schools/conferences/events, ignited clubs in dozens of schools across the country, testified in support of state consent education legislation in multiple states, created and produced almost a dozen mission driven videos (utilizing a diverse production team all under the age of 25), created the 1st and only bystander intervention GIF keyboard library for the purpose of combating online harassment, and piloted the largest youth-planned sexual assault prevention summit, to date. And we are MOST proud that we offer everything (but travel costs) for free!
In this PSA about sending nudes - otherwise known as ‘sexting’- we explore the risks, pressures, and realities of what can happen when teens share intimate photographs. The messages most kids get from adults is “just don't do it,” but sending nudes has still continued to grow into a cultural norm across all ages.But our script and concept were developed with input from our BAE Breakers (student ambassadors) around the country, so we could approach the issue in a non judgmental way.
In 2019, we piloted our first Consent Summit in South Portland, Maine with over 750 students from throughout New England. It was an incredible success and the largest student-planned sexual assault prevention summit, to date. For 2020, we will be replicating the Summit in Maine, Virginia, and New Mexico. 'check it out' button