PAVE (Promoting Awareness / Victim Empowerment) is the only national nonprofit that works both to prevent sexual assault and heal survivors through social advocacy, prevention education and survivor support. PAVE empowers students, parents, and civic leaders to end sexual violence with prevention education promoting respect of oneself and each other. Additionally, PAVE creates a safe space for survivors to thrive after trauma.
PAVE has partnered with Infuse Gallery to not only provide necessary fund-raising through the sale of art for their programs, but also offer a platform for survivors to share their stories. The Silence is Over: A Journey of Empowerment from Survivors of Sexual Abuses is a collaborative exhibition and global project of solidarity and empowerment for survivors to use the story of their own journeys as a method of healing and a way to help others. Sales from this exhibition will go to benefit PAVE and the work they do.
PAVE has trained more than 50,000 college students and 2,500 professionals, and maintains over 50 chapters and affiliates across the country. PAVE is a premier provider of educational speakers and workshops on college campuses and in high schools. Featuring the nation’s leading experts on sexual assault prevention and survivor empowerment, our educators take a positive and proactive approach that engages men and women to be a part of the solution.
PAVE is passionate about educating military audiences about sexual assault with a focus on prevention including bystander intervention, consent, and healthy relationships. PAVE also discusses healing from trauma, which resonates with many men and women in uniform. Our speakers have over a decade of experience and take a positive approach to engage men and women to make a difference!
PAVE was founded in February 2001 by Angela Rose as a student organization at the University of WI-Madison in response to her own experience of being kidnapped from a shopping mall and sexually assaulted at the age of seventeen. It has since grown into a multi-national 501C3 nonprofit organization.
PAVE’s work has been featured on many national media outlets including CNN, Today Show, Oprah Winfrey Network and a special edition of 48 Hours on CBS.