REAL CHANGE!

On Tuesday, September 22nd, I will receive the “Inspirational Changemaker Award” from the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence.  I’m proud to receive such an award because its name describes who I am: a change-maker.  I’m not about hoping, dreaming, or wishing.  I’m about action!  Why?  Because I know how…

Do Something!

A few months ago, I was watching the news and saw a story about how hospitals in Cleveland needed donations of clothes for survivors.  When survivors undergo a forensic exam after being raped, their clothes are taken as evidence and they don’t get them back. Hospitals have a hard time…

Believe Me

I often thought that nothing could ever be as bad as the torture of rape. The pain, terror, humiliation, betrayal, shame, self-hatred, and destruction: what could be worse, especially for a child? But I learned, as many survivors do, that there’s something else just as damaging, a pain that cuts…

Beyond a Name

Remember that while you are reading this, a child somewhere is being raped. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month, tidy little labels that designate this 30-day stretch the perfect time to host a fundraising or awareness event. It’s the perfect time to speak out,…