In 2020, Emma-Jane Taylor shared a quote to social media, saying 'being sexually abused as a child, was not my shame'. Many survivors across the world connected with her. In 2021 she continued to shout out about NotMyShame and in 2022 expanded this quote saying 'I am not afraid to say I was sexually abused as a child. I was just a child, it isn't my shame!', social media erupted. In May 2023 she put her quote on her tee-shirt, it went viral.
She says "we see many great causes emblazoned across merchandise across the world, but nothing on child sexual abuse. It’s like every other cause means something and this doesn’t. Wearing a tee that shares the silence of child sexual abuse, is not comfortable. But I know wearing it has given me confidence, opened up more conversations and allowed more awareness of the work I do.
In May this year I was inundated by requests for a tee-shirt. Realising I couldn't keep up with the supply and demand, I decided to open a shop to manage the requests and launch my #NotMyShame tee as a fund-raiser for Project 90/10 Charity.
I hope you wear your merchandise with confidence and without shame, because "YOU" have nothing to be ashamed about. If you would prefer to just use the hashtag, that is FINE too - there are no right's or wrongs, just what makes you feel confident.
Dates for the diary:
- 1st December (annual event) - Global Rock Drop Day - see main page for more details on how to get involved.
- 1st May 2024 - joint 1st anniversary celebration with Project 90/10 to raise the roof on this conversation around the world.
Always with best wishes & intentions,
Emma-Jane Taylor, Founder of #notmyshame