Threads of Compassion
is an open-source movement to knit and collect scarves to be given to survivors of sexual violence. I've just started a chapter
to benefit the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
, which has served survivors in our area for over 40 years!
The scarves will be given to survivors who seek medical attention at hospitals, as they do in the plan of the original Threads of Compassion, but this chapter aims to also provide scarves to survivors who seek (free) individual and group counseling through BARCC.
Why hand-knit scarves? From the original Threads page: "The gift of a scarf not only shows the knitter’s/crocheter’s concern for the victim, but also expresses their sorrow for what has happened. Each scarf is made by someone who wishes to provide a small amount of comfort against the pain being faced, and by doing so, lets the victim know they are not alone. The scarves are tangible objects that can be held, wrapped around the neck or shoulders, with the deeper meaning known only by the wearer. As each victim touches the threads of the scarves they receive, they are connecting with someone who cares about what has happened to them. A beautiful message given through a few threads of yarn."
As BARCC serves survivors of all genders, we prefer to receive scarves that are more gender-neutral in appearance. There are lots of free scarf patterns available on Ravelry!
To donate scarves, please contact me at shira.lipkin AT gmail.com. A PO Box will be set up eventually, but that hasn't happened yet! And please spread this far and wide!