Sexual assault and domestic violence were public health crises worldwide long before COVID-19 upended our lives, with one in four women and one in 10 men experiencing physical, emotional, sexual, or psychological abuse.
Lockdowns and stay-at-home orders only served to worsen the situation, causing what the United Nations termed a “shadow pandemic” of violence against women.
We want to do our part to support survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Bumble Inc’s Bumble and Badoo apps are teaming up with Bloom to provide free online trauma support to our community, including one-on-one chat, on-demand courses, resources created by survivors and trauma-informed therapists—and, in some cases, six therapy sessions.
Bumble and Badoo will begin offering complimentary online trauma support via Bloom’s team in April 2022, a continuation and expansion of a pilot program that began in December 2021. The service will be available in English and Spanish, with plans to expand into French, Hindi, Arabic, and Urdu later in the year.
Bloom is run by Chayn, a worldwide nonprofit run by survivors and allies to inform and support the healing of survivors of gender-based violence. Its online resources and services are trauma-informed, intersectional, multi-lingual, and feminist. Chayn’s services have been created intentionally for survivors, by survivors.