About the Initiative

The story of James Safechuck and Wade Robson in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland left me completely and utterly heartbroken and has changed me forever. What they went through and will live with the rest of their lives is horrific, and they are not alone. Every 9 minutes a child is sexually abused in the United States. One in four girls. One in six boys. My eyes are now wide open, and I am left with a decision: What am I going to do?

I decided to raise awareness and to help organizations already fighting to stop the abuse of children. My hope is that together with support from people like you, we can start making a difference. We can become more aware, more educated, share what we learn, and be more in-tune to what’s happening around us and to those closest to us.

In the past, Leaving Neverland and other documentaries of its kind are exactly the type of thing I would have avoided. It was far easier to stay naive. Now, with two children of my own, I can’t afford that luxury. Hearing someone’s story first-hand puts things into a new perspective, it pulls out a deep and profound empathy you won’t soon forget. That empathy becomes part of who you are, and can be a driving force to help others.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and to read about the initiative, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for any donation you are able to make.

Lauren Okura

Designer & Creator of Designed Out Of Love