February 1-7 is National Gun Violence Survivors Week. Join us to honor survivor voices.

National Gun Violence Survivors Week

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Wednesday Feb. 1—Tuesday Feb. 7, 2023

From February 1–7, 2023, we will honor the fifth annual National Gun Violence Survivors Week. During the week, we take stock of the terrible human toll of America’s gun violence crisis—and recommit ourselves to supporting survivors with action. The date marks the approximate time that gun deaths in the United States surpass the number of gun deaths experienced by peer countries in an entire calendar year. Tragically and unacceptably, America’s gun death rate is 13 times greater than that of our peer countries. Every day in the U.S., 110 people are shot and killed, more than 200 people survive gunshot wounds and countless others witness acts of gun violence. The focus of the campaign is on sharing gun violence survivors’ stories in their own words and encouraging allies to amplify their voices, especially those who are under-represented in our national dialogue.

This year’s National Gun Violence Survivors Week is Wednesday, February 1 – Tuesday, February 7, 2023. Throughout the week, we will call on the nation to share and lift up survivors’ stories, and survivors to share their lived experiences with gun violence.

Here’s What You Can Do on Social Media

  1. Share facts and information about National Gun Violence Survivors Week on social media using the hashtag #GVSurvivorsWeek. Help to spread awareness about this important week and the impacts of gun violence on Americans. Find social media assets here.
  2. Honor and amplify stories of Americans who have directly experienced gun violence, including Survivor Changemakers, using the hashtag #GVSurvivorsWeek. Stories will be elevated on social media as well as through the Moments That Survive Story Wall site.
  3. Share stories of those who have directly experienced gun violence and Survivor Changemakers from your organization’s network.

Sample Social Media Posts

Sample 1

English

It’s National Gun Violence Survivors Week—Feb. 1-7—a time to lift up the stories of gun violence survivors who live with the devastating impact of gun violence every single day. Read and share survivors’ stories at momentsthatsurvive.org. #GVSurvivorsWeek

Spanish

Es la Semana Nal. de Sobrevivientes de la Violencia con Armas – Feb. 1-7 – un tiempo para compartir las historias de sobrevivientes que viven con el impacto de la violencia con armas de fuego todos los días. Lee y comparte sus historias en momentsthatsurvive.org. #GVSurvivorsWeek

Sample 2

English

This National Gun Violence Survivors Week, [I am/we are] proud to share the story of Survivor Changemaker [insert survivor’s name and/or Twitter handle], who has turned [his/her/their] pain and outrage over gun violence into purpose. #GVSurvivorsWeek [attach link to Survivor Changemaker story from momentsthatsurvive.org]

Spanish

Esta Semana Nacional de Sobrevivientes de la Violencia con Armas, [estoy/estamos] orgullos[o/a/es] de compartir la historia de sobreviviente y activista, [inserte el nombre del sobreviviente y/o la cuenta de Twitter], quien ha convertido su dolor e indignación por la violencia con armas en su propósito. #GVSurvivorsWeek [adjuntar enlace a la historia de la persona de el sitio de web momentsthatsurvive.org]

Sample 3

English

Nearly 120 people die and over 200 are wounded by gun violence every single day in America. Their stories deserve to be heard.

Join (me/us) this #GVSurvivorsWeek in uplifting survivors’ voices by sharing their stories from momentsthatsurvive.org

Spanish

Casi 120 personas mueren y más de 200 resultan heridos por la violencia con armas todos los días en los Estados Unidos. Sus historias merecen ser escuchadas.

Únete (a nosotro/a/es) este #GVSurvivorsWeek para compartir las voces de los sobrevivientes en de momentsthatsurvive.org

Sample 4

English

Whether it’s witnessing gun violence, being threatened or wounded with a gun, or having a loved one wounded or killed with a gun, nearly 60% of Americans experience the trauma of gun violence in their lifetime. This #GVSurvivorsWeek, lift up their stories: momentsthatsurvive.org.

Spanish

Ya sea testigo de la violencia con armas, ser amenazado o herido, o tener un ser querido herido o asesinado, casi 60% de estadounidenses experimentan el trauma de la violencia con armas en algún momento de su vida. Esta #GVSurvivorsWeek, alza sus historias momentsthatsurvive.org

Sample 5

English

Due to generations of systemic racism, gun violence impacts Black Americans at a disproportionate rate. This #GVSurvivorsWeek, shine a light on the stories of Black survivors, who are leading efforts to reduce gun violence in their communities. momentsthatsurvive.org.

Spanish

Debido al racismo sistémico generacional, la violencia con armas afecta a afroamericanos a un ritmo desproporcionado. Esta #GVSurvivorsWeek, alza las historias de sobrevivientes negros, liderando los esfuerzos para reducir la violencia en sus comunidades momentsthatsurvive.org

Sample 6

English:

Join [me/us] this National Gun Violence Survivors Week in lifting the voices of gun violence survivors by sharing [their/our] stories in their own words.

Today, (I/we) honor [survivor’s name and their connection to gun violence.] #GVSurvivorsWeek [include a survivor’s story link chosen from momentsthatsurvive.org]

Spanish:

Únete [a nosotros] en esta Semana Nal. de Sobrevivientes de la Violencia con Armas para alzar las voces de sobrevivientes de tal violencia compartiendo [sus/nuestras] historias con sus propias palabras.

Hoy, (yo/nosotros) honro(amos) [el nombre del sobreviviente y su conexión con la violencia de armas.] #GVSurvivorsWeek [incluya un enlace de la historia del sobreviviente elegido de momentsthatsurvive.org]

Sample 7

English:

Gun violence steals more than 4,500 Latinx lives in America and wounds more than 13K others each year, but too often their stories go untold.

Help shine a light on [their/our] stories this #GVSurvivorsWeek: momentsthatsurvive.org

Spanish:

La violencia con armas se roba la vida de más de 4,500 latines en los Estados Unidos y hiere a más de 13,000 cada año, pero con demasiada frecuencia sus historias no se cuentan.

Ayúdanos a brillar una luz sobre [sus/nuestras] historias esta #GVSurvivorsWeek: momentsthatsurvive.org

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Gun violence in any form can leave a lasting impact on individuals. That’s why we use the term ‘survivor’ as inclusive of anyone who has personally experienced gun violence—whether you have witnessed an act of gun violence, been threatened or wounded with a gun, or had someone you cared for wounded or killed with a gun. This includes but is not limited to gun suicides, domestic violence involving a gun, and unintentional shootings.