As one who suffered the traumatic effects of abuse as a young child and sexual exploitation as a teen, I found myself searching for answers. “Does anybody know how much I hurt? Would you love me if you knew? Do I matter?” My life did not turn around until I heard and believed the truth, “Your past does not define you. You are worth more than you can imagine.”
With child abuse at epidemic levels, I believe millions of children are asking the same questions. I am convinced we can bring this message of priceless worth to our kids today, which is how prevention became my passion and why I co-authored Power Over Predators for you and the children you impact.
I have been developing and conducting presentations on relationships and predator prevention for almost 20 years, training volunteers to give presentations, working with parents on how to help their own kids, supervising a home for troubled teenage girls, and house parenting group homes for foster children.
My hope is that Power Over Predators will give you and the children you impact the power to stand up to those who abuse and exploit, the resources and tools to recognize signs and characteristics of abusers, and the courage to report and get help.
Along with my husband, three children and five grandchildren, I thank you for joining me and the countless others who believe our children are our most vulnerable and valuable treasure—begging to be cherished and protected!