We all have a story. And each one carries the power to completely transform the lives of those we love the most.
In 2009, I was two years out of college, going through one of the roughest times in my life. I’d just lost all my money in the market crash, was carrying a broken heart, had absolutely no purposeful direction for my life, and felt like a failure.
I felt as though I offered very little value to the world.
It was then that I connected the dots between this low time in my life and what I had gone through twenty years prior. You see, when I was just 6, I was sexually abused multiple times by a trusted family friend. I saw myself as an accomplice and lived in constant fear of devastating my parents if I ever told.
These lies too root and had enormous impact on my self-perception from then on.
It took me until 2009, at the age of 24, to finally disclose fully what had occurred.
I began to seek counseling, and, to my surprise, gained an entirely new perception of who I am and the innate value I possess as a human being.
It transformed my life.
Last October, we launched Speak Your Silence, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that I founded. Our mission: To conquer the stigma of child sexual abuse by sparking hopeful conversation.
Essentially, we’re working to take child sexual abuse from being a heavy, taboo issue to being an empowering cause that countless individuals are inspired to rally around.
1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused prior to their eighteenth birthday. In addition to this, there are an estimated 39 million adults in the US who were sexually abused as children.
Most will never tell a soul.
We’re changing this. We’re revolutionizing this cause.
Not only will those who have already been affected find healing, but true, long-term prevention will also result, protecting future generations.
Speak Your Silence offers free, in-person, one-on-one, professional counseling for individuals and families who have been personally affected by child sexual abuse, regardless of their location.
Our counseling program is world-class – the only of it’s kind, serving locally in every state in the US. We are partnered with Business Psychology Associates to implement this program and serve as a long-term incubator.
100% of public donations directly fund this counseling program.
Today, we have roughly twenty individuals and/or families receiving free counseling services from us in ten separate states.
Recently, our friend Macaile found inspiration from our story and did something incredibly daring. She shared her story publicly for the first time in her life… in front of her entire master’s level class.
The result: Fifteen people shared their stories with her.
That’s the exponential impact of each voice that is bold enough to speak.
Please join us.