A Story of Triumph over Tragedy is the real-life story of abduction and sexual assault from a victim’s point of view. Michelle shares her experience from that tragic night, through the court process and ultimately to her life as an advocate and spokesperson for sexual assault awareness.
Michelle discusses her interaction with first responders and what affects those persons had, positively and negatively, on her case and recovery. Michelle will communicate just how important it is that first responders understand the profound impact they can have on victims; an impact which begins at the time of crisis and can continue for the rest of the survivor’s life.
Michelle addresses police, medical and ER staff, clergy, advocates, and prosecutors, sharing her message that no human interaction is neutral-it is either healing or wounding. She helps them appreciate the needs of the sexual assault victims and their families and how they can provide opportunities for healing. She has been instrumental in working with the Prosecutor’s office to set up a Sexual Assault Response Team and will talk about the importance and impact that can have in the response to sexual assaults in a community.
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Survivors of sexual violence experience disruption to every part of their life. Beyond physical and emotional trauma, there are often deep underlying effects on a survivor’s spirituality and understanding of the role faith plays in their life. Those effects also work both ways, as a survivor’s faith community plays a meaningful role in their recovery in the aftermath of an attack.
In this engaging conversation, Michelle will lead a discussion about how sexual violence is addressed in faith communities, with families and with survivors. The immediate responses and the long-lasting compassion that faith groups can provide to a survivor are often key elements in helping the survivor regain their strength physically, emotionally and in their faith.
Michelle will share her own story of survival, how she found hope through her faith journey and the community who supported her healing after the attack.
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Every year college students throughout the country become victims of sexual assault. The impact lasts for a lifetime and becomes an unshakeable permanent part of their identity.
Despite the statistics, most students never think it could happen to them. Many are blind to the effects of sexual assault until it impacts them directly. A personal attack, or an attack on a friend or loved one, can suddenly make anyone wish they listened more attentively to that “sexual assault awareness presentation” they were forced to sit through in school.
In this honest and compelling session, Michelle shares her real-life story of sexual assault from her point of view. She’ll share what is helpful and what is hurtful in the healing process and how you can help support a loved one who experienced similar trauma.
Gone are the days of an impersonal presentation about sexual assault. This conversation is raw, authentic and focused on how college students can best support one another through times of fear and adversity.
Michelle shares her real-life story of sexual assault from her point of view. The impact that begins at the time of the crisis and can continue for the rest of the survivor’s life. She will share what is helpful and what is hurtful in the healing process, signs to look for when you suspect someone has been sexually assaulted and how to support them.