For Bumble and Bloom, where there is trauma, there is room for healing
In A Beginner’s Guide to Sexual Consent, we discussed the ground rules of consent and what it entails. In a nutshell, active consent is affirmative, conscious and voluntary. It also needs to be clear, specific and freely given. Drawing boundaries when in any sexual activity protects our physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Earlier this year, Bumble introduced The Romance Gap Campaign, which aims to even out the playing field when it comes to dating and relationships, regardless of one’s gender identity. The women-first dating and social networking app further their efforts in protecting members by launching a complimentary online trauma support for users. As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month this May, this has never been more relevant.
Aside from Bumble’s Safety and Wellbeing Centre, an evolving resource hub within the app built to help the community have a safe and healthy dating experience, they have teamed up with trauma support site, Bloom, in an industry-first partnership.
“Where there is trauma, there is room for healing,” shares Hera Hussain, founder of Chayn, a survivor-led nonprofit addressing gender-based violence. Users can now report sexual assault or relationship abuse to either Bumble or Bloom’s feedback team. By doing so, they will receive a code for free access to a version of Bloom’s support, customized specifically for Bumble members, and which includes three self-guided courses: Healing from Sexual Trauma; Society, Patriarchy and Sexual Trauma and Dating, Boundaries and Relationships. In addition to this library of courses and resources, in some cases, Bumble members will receive access to one-to-one chat support and up to six therapy sessions.
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“The safety of our members has been central to our mission from day one. It is vital that we create a space for survivors within our community to be seen, heard and believed,” shares Kenya Fairley, Bumble’s Head of Member Safety Support.
Bumble’s partnership with Bloom, spearheaded by survivor-led insights and feedback, supports members and betters their experience of safety when it comes to dating and relationships.
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