The voice waiting to be spoken

The past seven years I’ve spoken publicly about my ‘Adverse Childhood Experience’ and the life path of continued tolerance of violence. I’ve been extremely blessed to have made friendships and become a ‘Survivor Voice’ through various task force, trauma training, and community events here in Illinois, but even more so are all the survivors I’veContinue reading “The voice waiting to be spoken”

Breathe – Change – Live

Are you holding your breath as we wait to hear the final decision about Brett Kavanaugh? This is a time when survivors are being triggered because as we hear the details of cases come forward; each has its own similarities our history. It is in its true form, ‘Secondary Wounding‘ because we are waiting toContinue reading “Breathe – Change – Live”

It’s like your emotional brain has a cold

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I know locally in Southern Illinois there is an effort to inform society about Mental Illness and what we can do to help.  The day to day forms of mental illness you see in family and friends can be anything from the equivalent of I have a coldContinue reading “It’s like your emotional brain has a cold”

The everyday beginning steps of Human Trafficking

Thank you #BrittanyJones; Channel 12 News, #KFVS  http://www.kfvs12.com/clip/14043071/march-to-end-human-trafficking-held-in-carbondale #Torch – Shining a Light on Human Trafficking – SIU Carbondale Think about that statement for a moment. We are here to ask our friends, neighbors, colleagues, resources, professionals, first responders, care givers, – absorb the power of this horrific statement. This isn’t just an offense busted byContinue reading “The everyday beginning steps of Human Trafficking”

The truth about child protective services

Good Morning Everyone,   I live in Southern Illinois and have been a key voice these past three years in updating our Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes & Trafficking Against Children. In this is a proposal presented and discussed with many of our political officials. The process of the Child Protective Investigation has been goingContinue reading “The truth about child protective services”

Illinois is going the extra step for Human Trafficking Victims Under 18

Readers it is finally here, something which myself and many supportive colleagues have been focusing on for three years; updating Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Trafficking. The one person who is really doing the hard work in making this a reality is Illinois State House Representative Jay Hoffman (D) Swansea. The first fact IContinue reading “Illinois is going the extra step for Human Trafficking Victims Under 18”

Child Voices; we all can speak for someone

  “This is me…..the five year old who first met Malcolm, was first attacked by Malcolm, and never heard Mona say I love you again. From this point forward nothing would be safe for a very long time. This girl has made one hell of a journey. I’m surprised and grateful for the blessings ofContinue reading “Child Voices; we all can speak for someone”

Who I am today

    “I’m not feeling sorry for myself, so please don’t pity me, it really just makes the situation worse. What I need is to know that something I say or do or write will help you support someone whose been harmed, as well as prevent or intervene when something happens in your circle today.”Continue reading “Who I am today”

Domestic/Family Violence; YOU make the difference between life and desruction

  October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I hope our society will continue to grow in how we recognize and assist the persons affected as children or adults so they can give something better, SAFER, for their families. ‘Awareness’ is about; Acknowledgement; almost every person in our human society has either experienced some type ofContinue reading “Domestic/Family Violence; YOU make the difference between life and desruction”

‘My Justice’ the survivor story from hell that will change your perception of family harm

   https://youtu.be/0Rpt_oHU5NM Patricia A. McKnight ~~ ‘My Justice’ By John Miller on January 4, 2014 ~~ “Without any doubt, “My Justice” by Patricia A McKnight is one of the most horrifying, chilling and shocking accounts of child abuse, that I have ever read.” By Stormy on March 26, 2016 ~~ “Difficult to read though itContinue reading “‘My Justice’ the survivor story from hell that will change your perception of family harm”