Survivor Activists and allies all over the world get involved in LOUDfence, in solidarity with child abuse victims. A Loudfence involves tying LOUD (bright coloured) ribbons and messages of support in public spaces to show support to ALL victims & survivors of child abuse. The aim is to give survivors a voice, create awareness in the community and work to end child abuse.
Ending Clergy Abuse activist Antonia Sobocki ran the first UK LOUDfence in Cumbria on November 3rd 2020, All Survivors Day. Survivors Voices has teemed up with Antonia and other activists and allies to support the spread of LOUDfence right across the UK. We want all survivors and victims to know that we BELIEVE you, we CARE for you and we will not let this happen again. THERE HAS BEEN TOO MUCH SILENCE!
LOUDfence is a visible display of support and solidarity with those affected by abuse. The ribbons tied to each fence represent the voices of those who wish to speak out in support and defence of those affected by abuse. We want all survivors and victims of abuse to know that we believe you, we will hear and support you and we will do all we can to prevent this happening again. Everyone is invited to join in by tying a ribbon, pausing to reflect and making a resolution, to #SmashTheSilence and #EndAbuseNow.
We launched our LOUDfences in the North, South and East of England in 2021, as part of a Safeguarding Season of survivor-led activities. Now they’re spreading all over England and Wales, and into Europe and the USA too! But you can run a LOUDfence anywhere, any time. We hope you will join us!
Get involved by:
- organising or joining a LOUDfence near you – see our interactive map below as we add LOUDfence venues
- helping us to spread the word through local news, social media, amongst your friends, family and colleagues
- donating your time, money or practical resources like ribbons
- sending us messages of support to add to our LOUDfences
- helping us to create works of art with the ribbons after a LOUDfence has been held
- background support such as updating this website and creating other LOUDfence resources
Can’t get to a LOUDfence? Just fill in the Virtual Ribbon form below and we’ll add a ribbon to our next LOUDfence on your behalf. You can include a short message of support to survivors, or your commitment to help end abuse, or a dedication to a survivor you know (please preserve anonymity unless you have their permission). If you are a survivor, we’d love to tie a ribbon for you. (You don’t have to give your real name).
There are LOUDfences happening all around England and Wales in 2023, and in France too! For dates and details see our Locations page, where you will also find reports of previous events. Dates are also listed in our Events Calendar. We hope to see you at one soon.
We’ll add LOUDfence places & dates to this interactive map as we hear about them. If you organise a LOUDfence please let us know.
We update these pages and add more resources as LOUDfence takes off across the UK and Europe, please sign up to our mailing list to stay up dated, and send in your news and contributions.
You can help us support more LOUDfences and our other work with survivors by donating through our Paypal link (right).