Inspired by the belief that every person has the right to be safe and empowered, we envision a community free from domestic and sexual violence where healthy relationships prosper.
Dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic and sexual violence in Wake County, InterAct saves lives, rebuilds lives, and secures safer futures for victims and survivors and their families.
We will not turn away.
We grieve the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless more Black people and people of color who have lost their lives due to racial injustice. We will not turn away.
We celebrate InterAct’s Vision Statement: “Inspired by the belief that every person has the right to be safe and empowered, we envision a community free from domestic and sexual violence where healthy relationships prosper.” Our community will not be whole until every person, every home, every neighborhood, is safe.
We share that we have no perfect words, no easy solutions. But we are committed to transcending the benefits of privilege, the confines of our affiliations, and the comfort of familiarity – to lean into this moment and address inequalities that are a daily reality for Black people and other people of color.
We acknowledge the role of oppression, power, and privilege in perpetuating violence in our culture and our responsibility for working to dismantle these constructs at the individual, community, and societal levels.
We believe that working toward racial justice is not “mission creep” for InterAct – it is foundational. We know that survivors must overcome countless challenges, but marginalized people face additional burdens, and their very survival includes navigating a complex web of oppression.
We are committed to looking within and acknowledging the ways in which some among us experience power and privilege, and to looking outward to explore the effects of racism and other forms of oppression.
We will cultivate the skills of open-minded, active listening and learning, and act with sensitivity and understanding of our privilege.
We recognize we must look to community leaders as beacons who light our path forward and work to be in real relationship with them, while taking responsibility for our education upon ourselves.
We affirm that we care deeply about our Black colleagues and volunteers and other colleagues and volunteers of color – about their safety, well-being, and right to exist, thrive, and live free from racism and injustice.
We find hope. In all who hold each of us and our communities accountable. In our partners and allies – from many different perspectives, disciplines, and backgrounds – who have come together and stand with us still – to create systemic change. And in our children and youth, who are counting on the adults in their lives to instill hope and chart a sound course toward a brighter future.
May we work together to build a safe and just community.