- Sexual assault and domestic violence are never the victim’s fault. Never.
- We will never end these crimes by teaching people to be safer. We will end them by teaching people to see and treat one another as equals. Period.
- We can end sexual assault and domestic violence. But, it takes all of us.
I have served in this work for over twelve years, as an advocate and an attorney, and have presented hundreds of trainings on these issues. But for me, ending sexual assault and domestic violence is more than just my career — it’s part of who I am.
As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and homelessness, I have experienced the shame, confusion, and trauma caused by these crimes. But, I have also been fortunate enough to witness the incredible strength and resiliency of survivors. It was the inspirational survivors with whom I worked in my early years as an advocate that solidified my commitment to ending sexual assault and domestic violence.
As an attorney, I have served with a statewide coalition, focusing on enhancing advocacy and legal services for immigrant survivors and other historically underserved communities. I have also served as the Executive Director of another statewide coalition, representing 22 direct service sexual assault and domestic violence programs. In these roles, I have led teams in providing legislative advocacy, developing and facilitating trainings, conducting media outreach, creating prevention initiatives, and advocating for better systems. I am also a military spouse, whose husband has served in the US Army for 18 years, and have worked extensively with military personnel, families, and command staff on these issues.
Throughout my career, I have conducted hundreds of trainings and provided extensive technical assistance for all types of professionals, systems, and communities. I talk about very serious issues, but in a not-so-serious (or, not always serious) manner. I believe that, for people to learn, the information needs to be offered in a non-judgmental, interactive, and dynamic way. Humor is important. Real life examples are essential. And learning is a process.
I would be honored to work with you or your organization as you discover new and innovative ways to improve our response to survivors and perpetrators, and ultimately, to end sexual assault and domestic violence in our homes, schools, and communities. It can happen. Together, we can make it happen.
I look forward to talking with you soon.