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About Threads of Compassion

Threads of Compassion is a loosely connected group of survivors of sexual violence who desire to offer comfort and support to recent victims. The idea is simple. Anyone whose life has been affected by sexual assault or abuse is welcome to knit or crochet a scarf which in turn will be given to a victim of sexual violence when they enter the hospital for emergency treatment.

Knitting for Charity Recognizes TOC

Knitting for Charity Recognizes TOC


We are very honored to have been chosen as a featured charity in this week’s issue of Knitting Nuggets for Make a Difference Monday.

Today is Make a Difference Monday… 

Today’s featured knitting charity has been in existence since 2005, but until quite recently I had not known about it. A friend of mine drew my attention to its newest Boston chapter, whereupon I discovered that it has chapters all over the United States, as well as one in Canada. 

Sexual violence is a heartbreaking phenomenon that, perhaps more than any crime, frequently leaves its victims feeling alone, ashamed, even unloved. The statistics are staggering: over 200,000 Americans are victimized by sexual violence every year. And according to the Justice Department, 60 percent of all sexual assaults are never reported.

To read the rest, please click here: Knitting for Charity

The Dark Figure of Unreported Crime

The Dark Figure of Unreported Crime


Agence France-Presse/Getty Images


I’ve been reading some posts and articles lately about how difficult it is to correctly number the amount of rapes in a country due to so many unreported assaults. Think of places like the Congo, where you can pretty much assume if a woman or young girl is still alive, they’ve most likely been raped. And now India is reporting extremely high numbers of rapes:


Recent media reports of horrific rapes in India depict a country where every woman is in danger of being assaulted at any time. Official crime statistics tell a very different story.


Last year, there were 24,923 cases of rape in India, according to the government’s official statistics. That’s about two per 100,000 Indians. The per capita rate in the U.S. is more than 13 times higher.


According to criminologists, these surprising numbers are among many that suggest a need for, well, better numbers. Official figures include only crimes reported to police. What criminologists call the “dark figure” of unreported crime isn’t captured, and those missing incidents can greatly outnumber reported ones, especially for rape. The rate of underreporting can also vary sharply by country. And a nation that makes headway in encouraging more victims to come forward will appear, in its official stats, to have a worsening rape problem.


You can  read more of Carl Bialik’s articles here:


Statistics Shed Little Light on Rape Rates by Carl Bialik


Rape: the Darkest Dark Figure of Crime by Carl Bialik

What do you think can be done to make reporting rape safer for people?

~Tammy Perlmutter


New Scarves!!

New Scarves!!


Today we bagged a bunch of scarves to give to local ERs and crisis centers. Thank you, Tina Herrin, Carol Trott, Mary Davenport, Chrissi Helle, and Sandy Ahearn, for helping with the folding, tagging, and bagging!

We received hand-made scarf donations from Illinois, Virginia, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Ohio, and Washington!!

Thank you so much for your time, your thoughtfulness, and generosity.

We received this note from Lisa:

“Thanks for the work you do. I hope this scarf will be of comfort to someone. I have found good support and comfort in my post-recovery life and would like to pass it on!”

And this one from Maureen who knits with a group:

“We put peace and healing in every stitch and hope the recipients will know they are supported and not alone.”

The first four pictures are some really beautiful, unique scarves from Sarah Scott, who runs an Etsy store called Destroy My Sweater. Sarah creates a “line of edgy, one-of-a-kind wearables, made (mostly) of recycled thrift store sweaters”

Thank you, Sarah!!

To visit her shop, click here:


Sarah and Tammy

Erin’s Law Making Its Way Across the US

Erin’s Law Making Its Way Across the US

Erin Merryn endured sexual abuse for four years of her childhood. She sought help at 13 and found it. Erin went on to become a child and family therapist, but quit a few years ago to take her cause across the country.

Erin Merryn believes all school-aged children should receive age-appropriate education on sexual abuse prevention and recovery.

The state of Illinois is the first to sign the mandate named Erin’s Law.  Governor Pat Quinn signed the mandate at the end of January. Erin is now touring the country advocating for the protection of children.

You can read the Chicago Tribune article here: Quinn Signs Sex-Abuse Education Mandate

You can visit Erin’s Law on Facebook.

Her website is here.

More Danger Than Combat for Women in the Military

More Danger Than Combat for Women in the Military

Women Have Long Faced Danger in U.S. Military

January 24, 2013 By

1 in 3 woman are sexually assaulted in the military, twice the number compared to civilian women.

Women in the military are 180 times more likely to be a victim of military sexual assault in 1 year than to have died while deployed in the previous 11 years of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.

92% of perpetrators never face a court-martial.

1 in 4 victims never report their assault because the person to whom they must report is the perpetrator (The Invisible War documentary).

Despite over 20 years of “zero tolerance” policies, there have been no marked decreases in sexual assaults or increases in convictions.

Read the article here.


One Billion Rising: February 14, 2013

One Billion Rising: February 14, 2013

Today, on the planet, a billion women – one of every three women on the planet – will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends violated. V-Day REFUSES to stand by as more than a billion women experience violence.

On February 14th, 2013, V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, we are inviting one billion women and those who love them to walk out, DANCE, RISE UP, AND DEMAND an end to this violence. One Billion Rising is a promise that we will rise up with women and men worldwide to say, “Enough! The violence ends now.”

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN START A RISING – Stage a rising in your community, office, college, or school. Organize a flash mob at a landmark building/site, in the streets or in a nearby mall. Have a dance party, produce a theatrical event, march in your streets, protest, strike, dance and above all RISE!




Last month, September, 2012, was the 7th anniversary of Thread of Compassion. We are celebrating this landmark occasion by launching this new website, as well as Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest profiles. We are so excited about this and hope you will become a part of what we are doing to reach out to sexual trauma and abuse survivors. Please leave a comment and let us know you were here!


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