The idea of raising funds to create a non-profit came from a traumatic experience endured by our lead organizer N’dea Johnson. The following is her story.
N'dea Johnson via facebook, April 3rd 2019
“This is something really hard to talk about but I want to tell people the truth so others can seek help and feel empowered.
On New Years I was raped.
For the past 3 months I’ve been doing everything to ensure that I lived my life as normal as possible while simultaneously getting help and going to therapy.
However on March 25th 2019, i went in for Jaw reconstruction surgery and came out unable to walk. Theories flew that i might’ve had a stroke on the table, nerve damage, or etc but what it really was, was Conversion disorder. I had been so traumatized from my r*pe that my body converted the psychological stress into a physical reaction and caused the weakness in my legs.
I’ve spent the past week and a half in hospital and Rehab facilities relearning how to walk, while recovering from an intense jaw surgery, and dealing with something I wanted nothing more than to move on from.
Today I was released from the rehab facility and found the courage to finally report my rapist. That was truly the most terrifying 2 hours of my life but I’m glad I did it. And I want to help other victims of not just rape but trauma as well by starting a nonprofit foundation to provide more counseling services for victims of trauma and additionally do whatever it takes to change hospital policy and make it a requirement that hospitals ask in the pre operation screening questions if someone has been through a recent traumatic event and notify them of the possibility of conversion disorder.
The point of the gofundme is to raise money to get the nonprofit 501(c)(3) status approved, which costs about $400, and then to also hold a fundraiser which will raise money to afford a space to actually have a headquarters for the organization. To add, at the fundraiser I will be sharing my story and speaking on the significance of mental health, the benefit of having proper resources and the importance of getting assistance to remedy and manage traumatic stress.
This past week and half has changed my life and I never want another victim of trauma to go through what I went through, and I want the community to help as well. Thank you!”
Our focus is on providing a space and resources for victims of trauma, information about the importance of mental health awareness and de-stigmatizing therapy.
The YHC is raising money to set up a charitable fund at the Solano Community Foundation.