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Supporting the Silence Breakers: A Panel Discussion and Resource Fair

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Silence Breaker

Supporting the Silence Breakers:
A Panel Discussion and Resource Fair

Friday, January 12, 2018 from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Time Magazine's 2017 Person of the Year is . . . us -- the Silence Breakers.  It is all of us who have stood up to those who have abused their power either by reporting, pressing charges, or speaking to the press; all of us who said #MeToo;  all of us who have supported those brave souls that have come out of the shadows and shed light on the harassment, abuse, and misconduct that happened behind closed doors; and even all of us who have yet to raise our voices loud enough to be heard by anyone but our own tortured souls.

Join us on January 12, 2018 as we celebrate the Silence Breakers, share a meal (Catered Lunch INCLUDED) and resources with one another, and hear from experts about how we can support each other and the Silence Breakers among us.

The schedule: 

12pm-12:30pm Catered Lunch and Resource Sharing

12:30-3pm Panel discussion, including (specific speaker information will be added as the panel is built, so keep checking back):

Legal expert to speak about the judicial process involved in speaking up 
Nina Balsam, J.D., has been representing survivors and Silence Breakers for over 40 years as an attorney, Legal Advocacy Projects Director for Missouri Coalition against Domestic Violence, Director of Restorative Justice for the Center for Women in Transition, as an Administrator for the Missouri Restorative Justice Coalition, Program Director of University of Missouri Extension and as a principle member of the SLEVAWN Court Watch Project

Media Representative/Journalist to share tips on keeping healthy boundaries during interviews with the press 
Lindsay Toler, journalist and writer of the cover story for the December 13 edition of the Riverfront Times.  In addition, Lindsay has written for Associated Press' London bureau, The Dallas Morning News, The Seattle Times, and St. Louis Magazine.  She has also been a fervent civic activist, as well as a SART and Domestic Violence hotline volunteer.

Victim Advocacy/Treatment Center Senior Staff to talk about what a “trauma-informed” organization means and what trauma-informed advocacy, support, and treatment looks like in our community

Susan Kidder, MS, Executive Director of Safe Connections.  A frequent presenter on domestic and sexual violence, human rights, social justice and nonprofit leadership, Susan is actively involved in numerous organizations, including: The St. Louis Forum, the St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network, the National Women’s Political Caucus – St. Louis Policy Council, the St. Louis Children’s Service Coalition Leadership team, the Behavioral Heath Network Board of Directors and the Better Business Bureau Nonprofit Advisory Committee. Susan is a Cornerstone donor in the United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Women’s Leadership Giving Society and a member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis Women’s Leadership Society Cabinet.  In 2017, Susan was one of two women across the state honored by the Missouri Women’s Network for her leadership in advancing women’s equality. 

Policy Maker will talk about how the community can support survivors through policy change, supporting concerned elected officials, and knowing what their rights are  —

Alderwoman Megan Green -- Megan Ellyia Green is the 15th Ward Alderwoman who has been a champion for women experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. Since been elected, she has passed legislation to ensure that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault cannot be evicted under our nuisance property laws and have access to two weeks of unpaid leave. As a survivor herself, Alderwoman Green recently broke her silence in her #MeToo post, chronicling her experiences as a young child, adolescent, and adult. 


Law enforcement representative -- Lieutenant Alana Hauck -- Lt. Hauck is the St. Louis Police Department's LGBT liaison and Commander of Sex Crimes/Family Violence units

Our Featured Silence Breakers, Cari and Dottie Hill -- 

Cari Hill is a college student at Loyola University in Chicago where she is pursuing her M.S. Social Work and M.J. Children's Law & Policy.  She works as an educator for the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. In the future, Cari looks forward to continuing her work as a child advocate and breaking the silence that surrounds childhood trauma. Cari broke the silence of abuse when she was a young teen.  She and her mother, Dottie, walked through the process of reporting, pressing charges, prosecuting and speaking publicly about Cari's abuser.  Cari and Dottie were featured in a segment on Fox 2 News and Cari has been a keynote speaker for an awareness event through Safe Connections.

Tickets are only $25 (including lunch provided) and proceeds will go to  Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN).

In order to get an accurate catering count, tickets will NOT be available at the door.

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