You were awarded the 2012 OC Tanner Inspiration Award. How did it feel to be an inspiration for women who find it hard to rise & shine, at times tend to give up?
Anytime you’re recognized for what you have done it is an honor. I take being a role model and a person of inspiration very seriously. It’s a privilege and I understand there are eyes on me and kids watching. It’s always my goal to make them proud and be a light in their lives, to be for them what someone was for me. I want to pay it forward.
You created the Fearless Foundation to shine a light on the darkness that is child sexual abuse and to enrich the lives of survivors through education and sport, leading survivors to mastery and enabling them to flourish in all aspects of life. You are also a member of the Board of Directors of Doc Wayne, an organization that provides sports-based therapy for at-risk youth and uses your voice on behalf of countless organizations dedicated to protecting children and women. How have you been able to succeed in your mission? Any specific examples you would like to share with us?
I wrote a book with two psychologists from McLean (Cynthia Kaplan and Blaise Aguirre) that’s called Fighting Back. It’s not a memoir, it’s an educational book that uses my story as a guideline. I kept journals when I was a victim of sexual abuse, so it goes through everything from why kids stay silent, how can you talk to your kids, what are some signs to look for and more. It comes from the perspective of a victim and from experts in the field and shares our point of view on how to help your child not only just survive but thrive. That’s something I’m proud of. We’re in the middle of writing a curriculum and my goal is for it to be in the 7th grade health class system.
A word about Women Fitness website (https://www.womenfitness.net)?
I’m always encouraged by resources of inspiration for women. It’s important to shine a light on all aspects of health and wellness, and I’m happy to contribute!
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