Gender-based violence is a monster that is difficult to overcome. Often the abusers are men who have some degree of familiarity with the victim. Abuse in relationships is not uncommon. Yet the victims, who are usually women, are afraid to come forward, due to the stigma associated with dating before marriage. As a result, the abusers come out unscathed while the survivors are left on their own to cope with the trauma. Add to that the violence and abuse on the internet, which is the biggest challenge facing online dating today.
The Bumble dating app, which prides itself on putting women first, reaches out to survivors. Bumble is teaming up with Bloom in an industry-first partnership to provide free online support to members of its global community who are victims of sexual assault or relationship abuse.
Through this program, members of the Bumble community will have the opportunity to receive up to six therapy sessions as well as one-on-one chat support with the Bloom team, in addition to the easily resource library. available from Bloom created by survivors and trauma victims. knowledgeable therapists. If a member of the Bumble community reports sexual assault or relationship abuse to the Bumble Feedback Team, they will receive a code to access a free personalized version of Bloom for Bumble users. Bumble will begin offering personalized therapy through Bloom’s full-time staff to an initial group of users later this year with plans for expansion. The company also plans to roll out these services on Badoo next year.
Bloom is run by Chayn, a survivor-led nonprofit that tackles gender-based violence by creating intersectional online resources. Chayn is a global, non-profit organization, led by survivors and allies around the world, creating resources to inform and support the healing of survivors of gender-based violence. They create open source online resources and services for abuse survivors who are trauma-informed, intersectional, multilingual and feminist. Chayn has championed a “design with, not for” approach – their services are designed for survivors by survivors. Since 2020, he has built a team of trained and trauma-informed staff in addition to his global network of volunteers.
“The trauma of sexual violence can devastate survivors, but with the right support, survivors can heal and get their lives back on track. The feedback from Bloom’s attendees has been phenomenal. Survivors told us it gave them access to support for the first time, made them better understand their trauma and feel less alone, and gave them the tools and space they needed. to support their healing, ”explains Hera Hussain, founder of Chayn.
Bumble and Bloom are working together on a personalized program that will initially be available in English and Spanish, followed by French, Hindi, Arabic and Urdu in 2022. Survivors of the Bumble community can help with the programming of this offer thanks to a anonymous survey that will help shape the course content. Says Rachel Haas, vice president of member security at Bumble. “As someone who has dedicated their life to supporting survivors, I know the huge impact we can have on healing someone by giving them access to the support they need and deserve.