On Monday March 21, 2016 I spoke at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Meeting (UN), at the United Nation’s New York Headquarters. Me, the girl from downtown Charleston, SC, who at one time did not believe in herself enough to share her voice with anyone.
Sometimes I can’t believe this is life. I think it finally came together on a Saturday night when I was introducing BOLD to the folks at the 5th Annual National Crittenton Fundraiser in DC. It’s such a lovely event and being there put our last meetings in perspective:
In the Spring of 2014, The National Crittenton Foundation connected with Dr. Roy Wade through the Stoneleigh Foundation; an initial call that would impact TNCF’s ACE work forever.
Jeannette Y. Pai-Espinosa and Jessie Domingo Salu co-wrote an op-ed describing the needs of girls and young women impacted by violence, childhood adversity and trauma and are involved with the juvenile justice system.
Raised by a single mother, Tanya was physically and emotionally abused by her on regular basis and was also repeatedly sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriends and male friends. In an effort to get help, Tanya told her mother about the sexual abuse but was told that it was her fault. To escape her life — the pain, betrayal and abuse, she continually ran away taking refuge on the streets. Eventually, she was picked up and detained for running away. In court, her mother told the judge that Tanya was incorrigible. She was placed in a secure juvenile detention facility and after being released she was returned to her mother.
I’ve spoken out on behalf of the National Crittenton Foundation before and every time I do I feel so empowered. Being able to speak about my experiences, my struggles, my successes, and the support that shaped me allows me to continue to heal and continues to help me realize that all those experiences no longer have any power over me. I’m finally free.
The National Crittenton Foundation was honored to be invited to attend and kick off the second meeting of the National Advisory Committee (NAC). NAC members are appointed by the Attorney General Eric Holder to advise the Office on Violence Against Women on how to reduce and address the exposure of children and youth to violence. At the meeting held last week in Washington, DC, six young women from the Crittenton Family of agencies had the opportunity to open the meeting up by sharing their personal stories of exposure to violence to the NAC members and advocates who filled the ballroom at the Fairfax Embassy Row Hotel.
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