I had my first speaking engagement for my spring speaking tour of 2011 and it was a blast. I am use to traveling alone but I had company for this trip so it made for a great road trip to Indianapolis with my younger sister and friend Dan. The event was put on my Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault Conference. I am reminded every time I travel why I took this path to begin. I met some wonderful people who opened up and shared their own experiences with me and when I returned home I received several emails from participants at the conference opening up and sharing their own stories of sexual abuse as a child. Several thanking me for giving them courage. It is always a great reminder of why I do this and every trip is different from the next but there is one thing all these speaking engagements do and that is put a bright light on the pain and devastation of abuse and bring others out of darkness and give many a voice for the first time.
First trip for Spring 2011 Indianapolis, Indiana
It was a beautiful day to drive to Indiana and I had company.
Up on stage during presentation. I am fearless when it comes to standing before crowds I don’t get nervous I get empowered. As I tell people my innocence was killed, my trust was taken, but I took back my voice.