I am a survivor of many things. Even after all that I have experienced including an abusive 2 year relationship where I was the one who ended up with an arrest record, I still believe in the system. I believe that though one bad apple can taint the barrel, I more so believe that the power of those that have the courage to continue to walk the line is ever lasting. I had to learn the hard way to be an advocate for myself, that activism can be about rallying yourself in moments where you believe you cannot go any further. I learned that systems though meticulous are still fallible.
I have learned a lot from growing up in a tumultuous household and finding myself at 30 in an extremely manipulative and abusive relationship that not everything is always as it appears. I know what I know because I owned what was mine and I moved on with wanting to be better than I was yesterday. You never know when you are some one else’s reason for chugging along and not giving up. I had those people and I want to be that person for others.
My activism starts with me feeling passionate about life and moving on. I could choose to be bitter and utterly pissed but that is being lazy. If you feel that you are in a place where you are not being heard and do not have resources, please reach out. If I can use my experiences or resources to assist, I will do so.
The following links and organizations are involved in educating on topics, people and subjects that Village Keep support and advocate for. We hope that by providing access to their direct resources we can assist in spreading their awareness and being an ally.
Human Trafficking & Exploitation
New Horizons, La Crosse, WI
Polaris Project https://polarisproject.org/
Urban Light (men & young boys) https://www.urban-light.org
Truckers Against Trafficking https://truckersagainsttrafficking.org
Missing Persons & Cold Cases
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women USA https://mmiwusa.org
National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center https://www.niwrc.org/
The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases http://www.aisocc.com/
Cold Case Foundation http://www.coldcasefoundation.org/