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, offering a prayer and making a resolution, to #SmashTheSilence and #EndAbuseNow.
We’re launching our LOUDfences in the North, South and East of England in October 2021, as part of a Safeguarding Season of survivor-led activities ending on December 10th, Human Rights Day and #PurpleWinter. 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
- getting involved with support such as updating this website and creating other LOUDfence resources
Can’t get to a LOUDfence? Just contact us and we’ll add a ribbon to one of our LOUDfences on your behalf. We can add a short message if you like – your words of support to survivors, or commitment to end abuse.
Rochester Cathedral with the Diocese of Rochester are launching a LOUDfence on Friday 8th October 2021 as part of a Safeguarding Season running to All Survivors’ Day on 3rd November. There are many ways to join in, including special services, on-line videos and a gathering for survivors and allies hosted by us. Local parishes are also joining in, like St Mary’s Gravesend who are running their own LOUDfence. Full details here.
Carlisle Cathedral and Diocese are also hosting a LOUDfence as part of their Safeguarding Season, from October 10th to November 3rd 2021. Join them for a time of prayer, reflection, worship and solidarity with those affected by abuse. Full details here.
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’ll add more resources as LOUDfence takes off across the UK, please sign up to our mailing list (see right) 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).