THE KISS Story
by Delfina Ure, Founder & Director
The idea for KISS was born out of Delfina's experience serving the YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association of Greater Los Angeles) as a SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) volunteer in 2017 taking calls on the rape crisis hotline and accompanying survivors to the hospital for their rape exam.in Los Angeles 2017 when she accompanied a survivor to the hospital and found out the girls had to go home in donation panties. "They were handed ziplock donation Hanes after sitting through an excruciating 4-hour forensic exam. We had to do better for our sisters," so the she created the idea of a KISS Care Kit so survivors would feel loved, seen, and believed in their hour of most critical need.
KISS post-poned launching in 2018 during #metoo when Delfina received a lawsuit from her abuser to silence her from speaking up about her recovery. But in a miraculous turn of events, Delfina was freed from the lawsuit and given permanent legal right to share her healing story. After a sabbatical year during of diving into deeper layers of her freedom and healing in 2019, Delfina emerged PTSD-free with 501(c)(3) status for KISS surrounded by a sisterhood of survivors in support of the non-profit's goals.
Keep It Sacred Sister officially launched in July 2020 and has received generous support from private donors to help fund the KISS Care Kit program, allowing KISS to deliver its first 100 care kits to survivors in need.