Why are you participating in Unconventional Apology Project? 

“I wanted to participate because I’m alive.”

I wanted to participate because I’m alive. Because I survived something I didn’t think I would. So it just seemed like I wanted to finally talk about something that I was actually able to overcome and that was tough, but now looking back, it feels good to have survived.

Have you ever...

Why are you participating in Unconventional Apology Project? 

“I’m participating because I feel it’s so important to raise awareness of emotional abuse and how that can impact us intergenerationally.”

I’m participating because I feel it’s so important to raise awareness of emotional abuse and how that can impact us intergenerationally. And it’s something I’ve really come to discover in my...

Tasha lives with PTSD as a direct result of her experience with domestic violence. Before the interview began, she shared what that experience is like and wanted to inform us of what she does and what we could do to help if she had any issues come up during the interview. We felt it was important to share the realities of what the long-term effects of domestic violence can be, and how T...

   Listen to the full audio of Ashley's interview here. Read her transcript below.

Why are you participating in Unconventional Apology Project? 

“At my mother’s service, I said that my mission in life would be to share her story…to be a voice for the voiceless.”

A couple of reasons. Namely, I stumbled across this Project on Twitter. I was actually searching for different organization...

Why are you participating in Unconventional Apology Project? 

“I want my smile back.”

There’s a beauty in the Project. And there’s a beauty in the victims, the people who have lost loved ones, speaking about their experience. But there’s a beauty in the smile that shows that life can be successful and triumph after tragedy happens. When I saw those smiles on those women, it just spoke to...

Why are you participating in Unconventional Apology Project?

"...it’s really hard for us as LGBT people to admit and accept that our relationships have a lot of the same challenges and issues that heterosexual couples have, because we’ve been advocating for our civil rights for so long. Most people don’t really know that domestic violence can happen to anyone."

Well to be quite honest, wh...

Why are you participating in Unconventional Apology Project? 

"I just feel like it’s important to get it out there. I’ve had a lot of shame and guilt on my shoulders for a long time..."

I just feel like it’s important to get it out there. I’ve had a lot of shame and guilt on my shoulders for a long time and I just…it’s been like a really dark secret that I haven’t ever…there’s only a few...

Isabel is part of a special series developed in partnership with Good Shepherd Shelter, a transitional shelter for mothers and their children who are survivors of domestic violence. Isabel participated in the interview below, as well as an additional interview to be released at a future date, where she reflects on the impact her stay at Good Shepherd had on her transition from victim to...

Why are you participating in Unconventional Apology Project?

“If what I say here helps somebody else, there’s really nothing better than that.“

When you just said, “You’re doing this for yourself, everybody’s basically here for themselves.” The first thing that would pop into my head is “I’m being selfish,” and almost felt selfish because I was like “I really wanna do that!” I wanna get m...

Why are you participating in Unconventional Apology Project?

“I thought that if I wanted to be part of social change, then I needed to be an advocate and I needed to speak.”

Because of a sense of social responsibility. This was a difficult decision for me to make…you guys know. But I thought that if I wanted to be part of social change, then I needed to be an advocate and I needed to spea...

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