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DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH YOU MATTER???

While it may not be a comfortable topic, domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) are a lot more common than you might think, both in the United States and around the world. Domestic violence and sexual assault can happen to anyone of any gender, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, profession, education or socioeconomic background. Women and children are more likely to be victimized than men. However, in the United States, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they reach 18. (Department of Justice) Though it is important to shed light and be aware of a destructiveness the culture of domestic violence and sexual assault have within our society, knowledge and or awareness of the issue isn’t enough. iMatter First Inc, is a non-profit geared towards supporting those who may have been affected by domestic violence and sexual assault, to aid and guide the family and friends heal and move forward as well. We recently had the opportunity to interview Sheba Scott the founder of I Matter Inc and the legacy she is building. Here is some of the conversation we had.

“ LET’S START WITH YOUR STORY. WE’D LOVE TO HEAR WHO ABOUT THE PERSON BEHIND SUCH A POWERFUL ORGANIZATION.”


My name is Sheba Scott. I’m 26 years old mother of two, I have a beautiful daughter and a handsome son. I was born and raised in Belle Glade FL by my mother. I have 5 brothers and 2 sisters. I attended the University of South Florida where I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science with a major in Criminology & a minor in Sociology. I was the first of my siblings to attend college, so I understand what it means to do something which has never been done by those around you. I’ve had this idea brewing in me for the last 8 years. 8 months ago, I woke up & said to myself “I think it’s time to make my dreams a reality.” & here we are today.


WHAT IS IMATTER FIRST INC, WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM?

iMatter First Inc, is true to its name. iMatter First Inc. in an organization here to help individuals understand they are also important. Growing up there was a time in my life where I was molested and raped. It was probably one of the darkest moments I’ve ever experienced. I didn’t know how to say anything. I would also shut down. I even contemplated suicide. I was unable to speak out not because of fear that no one would believe me, but out of fear that the people around me (my family) couldn’t deal with it. I felt as if I had to endure the pain to avoid hurting them. That’s where I got the name iMatter from. I felt as if everyone else’s feelings were more important than mine. When I finally ended up speaking about being victimized, I was hospitalized from a severe panic attack. I had never experienced one before, and I honestly thought I was having a heart attack. I never want another child, or anyone for that matter to experience what I experienced. The idea that something so serious could happen to you and instead of thinking and worrying about your own health and mental health. You focus on those around you thinking their feelings are more important. I want them to know and grasp the concept of it being okay to speak up. I want them to know they are not alone, and someone cares how they feel.


WHAT IS THE GOAL AND VISION OF YOUR NONPROFIT?

iMatter will strive to bring awareness to those who have been traumatized by sexual abuse or domestic violence and help the healing process. Our goal is to prevent and end violence against children and women in our community. The goal is to one day be able to provide counseling, mentoring, and support survivors’ healing. Striving to transform social norms, we want build community leadership and educate people about the importance of respect and healthy relationships.


HOW CAN PEOPLE GET INVOLVED OR DONATE TO YOUR CAUSE? I

If anyone is interested in getting involved or donating to iMatterFirstInc, they can email us at imatterfirstinc@gmail.com or call us at 863-612- 5586


“iMatterFirst Inc, where healing yourself is priority







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