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Red Tent Initiative

Red Tent Initiative is a network of survivors and allies working to end abuse and exploitation, particularly in the forms of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. We take a holistic approach, advocating for victims, supporting one another and empowering survivors to speak out, pushing against the shame and stigmas that weigh us down. In this way, we encourage victims to become survivors and survivors to become leaders in the movement to affect change in our community.

Meet the Board

Alison Foley-Rothrock


“As a survivor, I had a deep need to use my painful experiences in a positive way. Many of the people I admire are themselves survivors and their stories gave me hope. I started Red Tent Initiative to sow those seeds of hope in our community and inspire change.”

Tisa Newcombe


“I joined RTI because there is not a single woman I know who has not suffered some form of abuse. The resources do not exist here for them to get out of dangerous situations and receive the counseling and support they need to break the cycle of abuse. I want to be part of the solution instead of remaining an angry bystander.”

Cindy Layner


“I have dear friends and family who have suffered from violence and abuse. They, along with all victims, deserve to be heard and helped. I’m honored to work with Red Tent Initiative to advocate for, support, and empower victims in our community to become survivors.”

Vanessa Orasky


“As an attorney for people who are often on the fringes of our society, Alison saw a hole in society’s safety net and significant barriers to care. Red Tent Initiative’s goal of creating a single site source for victim services is a noble and important mission. I am honored to help build such an important service.”

Colleen Vann

Board Member

“I was moved to participate in RTI because of the domestic abuse I witnessed my mother endure when I was a child. Also, in my years as a firefighter have seen far too many people left injured and afraid in the wake of an act of domestic violence. It is important for communities to have a way for victims to find safety and support quickly and I am thankful to be able to be a part of just such an organization.”

Sierra Defoe

Board Member

“I joined Red Tent Initiative to help be a voice for people who feel speechless and powerless. As a community we need to encourage and empower each other to stand up and fight against abuse. So many people are involved with domestic violence and abuse in some way, shape or form. And there are not enough resources available for people in these situations.”

Alexis Brown

Board Member

“I am a part of Red Tent Initiative because of the work I’ve done with domestic violence survivors in the dependency system. As a social worker, I found that many people are uneducated about domestic violence. I want to help raise awareness about what domestic violence can look like in the community and renew hope for our survivors. Many of the people I’ve worked with felt that they had no choice but to stay with their abuser because they didn’t feel heard or because their abuser didn’t fit the criteria of what they had seen portrayed in the media. By educating the community, we can potentially help someone before it’s too late.”

Alyssia Keys

Alyssia Keys

Board Member

“Becoming a member of the Red Tent Initiative has meant a great deal to me because, as a survivor, I understand how extremely difficult and lonely dealing with and recovering from domestic violence can be. The services provided by this organization continue to make the journey from victim to survivor easier for so many people and I am honored to be a part of it and to be able to serve our community.”

Larissa Ensign

Advisory Board Member

“Early on in my studies, I had the fortune to come across a Swedish quote that sums up my reasons for continued advocacy for those who have survived tremendous difficulties that says, “Shared joy is double joy; Shared sorrow is half sorrow.”  It has been my honor to walk the journey with literally thousands of children who were making their path to healing in a variety of systems including juvenile justice, foster care, or children services.  Their stories have inspired me to build a collective experience of coping, caring and rising strong out of the ashes of tremendous difficulty in life.  Red Tent’s involvement in the community, sharing the realities of the voice quieted in secret and opening doors for healing to those who may have sealed their fate in shame is a necessary healing in our world and I’m honored to serve.”

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