2018… the year of the woman, or at least that’s what the tabloids say. With movements like Me Too and many female celebrities, gymnasts, and more coming out with stories about how they were sexually assaulted and taken advantage of, it leaves me wondering, how many women have experienced this and continue to experience horrors like this on a daily basis? After asking that, my next question is, “How can I help?”
These days, it seems like anyone can be a victim of sexual assault, even the people closest to you, and without you knowing. This means that often times, understanding how to help your friends, family and yourself prevent these situations from happening can be a little gray.
Honestly, I don’t have the answers for best practices to prevent sexual assault. If you would like to know more about sexual assault, the signs of it, and how to get help or report it, please visit rainn.org, or call their hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).
But despite not knowing how to prevent it, I have found an organization that is actively helping survivors of sexual assault not only cope but thrive by providing resources to help them work through what has taken place both mentally and physically. This organization/company is called Revelata.
What is Revelata?
Revelata, a Latin word meaning “to unveil” began in December 2016 by Meagan McDougall. This name was chosen because, “as a survivor of sexual assault myself, I understand that it is like an unveiling process to reclaim your strength and identity after being assaulted,” said McDougall. Ultimately, this company was created so that she could use her “experience and passion to help other victims, ‘unveil the survivor within.'”
So how is this done? Well, Revelata is an Esty shop that sells natural skincare items and jewelry at reasonable prices, using 20% of its proceeds to provided resources to local sexual assault centers. By doing this, Revelata allows these centers to develop and host art therapy courses for survivors, their families, and their close friends.
What You Can Buy On Revelata.
“Each 8mm beaded bracelet is handmade with 20-25 beads to represent the 20-25 women, out of 100, who are sexually assaulted at least once in her lifetime.” Powerful, I know! Also, each one is made my Meagan McDougall herself.
To make the bracelets, McDougall first searches for beads that inspire her and have meaning (i.e., jade-colored beads promote wisdom and consciousness, while rose quartz beads promote self-love). From there she chooses different combinations to arrange the beads in, accent pieces and then counts the beads out to ensure there are between 20-25. For those wondering, the bracelets are made with elastic nylon cord to ensure its longevity.
Soaps, Lotions, and Creams
I was given the opportunity to try a few of Revelata’s soaps and lotions. I tried the charcoal face wash, the soothing oatmeal honey soap bar, and the custom homemade body butter. What I love most about these products is that they are all natural! You know everything that goes into each of them. But the other thing I love about these products is that they work!
The charcoal face wash definitely stripped my face of all impurities, the oatmeal honey soap bar was gentle on my skin and served as a mild exfoliator due to the oatmeal chunks in the bar. But most of all, my favorite product was the body butter. I used it the first day I received it and immediately saw the results. A little goes a long way, and at first, it may seem quite oily on the skin, but my skin absorbed the oil in a matter of minutes leaving it soft and hydrated.
To say the least, my convenience store-bought lotions do nothing in comparison to this one. It’s my new go-to body cream, and I will definitely be repurchasing it. Not just because it’s effective, but also because it supports such a wonderful cause.
The future of Revelata.
Revelata is growing and has big plans ahead. In the near future, Meagan McDougall plans to, “lay the groundwork for bringing in an art therapist to host biweekly classes for survivors at a local assault center,” as she aims for Revelata to be a “conversation starter around art therapy for trauma.”
McDougall also plans to launch a stand-alone website and online store apart from her Etsy site where she can grow her following, and launch a monthly subscription box, The Unveil Box. In this subscription box, she plans to offer unique items that are not sold in regular inventory. This includes necklaces, bracelets, and gemstones specific to each month. Definitely be on the lookout!
Also, Revelata is well on its way too big things as it was featured at the RAW Artists DC Showcase in May 2017 where McDougall was able to share about her company, mission, and touch the lives of those who would listen.
So again, I ask the question, “How can WE help.”
Through spreading the word about Revelata or purchasing their products, you will aid in helping victims of sexual assault get back on their feet again. Though sometimes we cannot always prevent these unfortunate things from happening, we can be there in support and solidarity for those who have had to suffer through these wrongdoings. Here is an opportunity to help.
Head over to the Revelata Etsy page and take a look at the products offered. Everything is affordable with prices starting as low as $2 and nothing above $50. Also, Meagan was kind enough to offer all my readers 10% off your purchase(s) when you use the code SYDNEY.
To add, you can follow Revelata on Instagram (@revelata_), and for those who may be interested, Revelata will be at the Raw Artists Atlanta Showcase on March 15th, 2018.
All in all, I hope you take the time to check out all Revelata has to offer, but more importantly, find a way to support survivors of sexual assault through Revelata or something else.
Often times there are a lot of things that happen in the world that lead us to assume there is no hope. But I believe the good will always outshine the bad, and it is up to us to create the word we want to live in. One day I hope to live in a world where sexual assault is never a topic of conversation. But for now, I hope we all do what we can to support those affected.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Until next time, get up, get moving, and live your best life.