Monika will share her story and the steps that she took towards healing. She openly talks about what she’s been through and how she recovered. Monika found her way back to a normal life and she hopes to inspire others that may have faced challenges in their lives to do the same. While the crimes committed against Monika were horrific, her speaking confronts these issues head on in a way that uplifts & inspires her audience. She focuses on the recovery process and addresses the challenges she met on the way. Along with this, Monika talks about the many factors that were key to her healing process.
Monika’s speeches can be targeted towards a number of topics:
Sexual Assault-the prevalence, horror and healing
Sexual Assault Prevention
Overcoming Trauma/Set-Backs of any Nature
Achieving Goals of any Kind
Sports and Fitness-the importance
What matters most in Life
MONIKA'S COMPELLING STORY OF SURVIVAL & VICTORY IS EYE
OPENING & PROVIDES HOPE AND INSPIRATION TO EVERYONE!
SAMPLE SPEECH OUTLINE
Monika’s speech, Kill the Silence, is designed for a mature audience, focusing on the issue of rape and abuse, survival, and a means for overcoming any kind of life challenge. Intervension, hope, openness and passion are key elements in the 45 minute long lecture followed by discussion and questions. (Flexible on time). The following is a brief outline:
The History of Monika and the American Dream
Showing of the ESPN produced documentary, “Breaking the Silence”: http://vimeo.com/40252515, followed by an introduction on the topic, being young - making decisions and meeting life’s challenges.
Young Adult with Traumatic Experiences
About having life turned up side down and the aftermath - Rape trauma syndrome -symptomes and reactions.
The Road Towards Healing
How to find your back to a normal life - the importance of hope, love, friendship and passion. It is possible to get back up; it is possible to smile again.
Challenges, responsibility and attitudes. Discussion - What can we do to stand up against sexual assault.
ADDRESSING RAPE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Every 2 minutes, another American is sexually assaulted. There is an average of 267,868 victims (age 12 or older) of sexual assault each year. 44% of victims are under age 18, and 80% are under age 30 (RAINN). The numbers are shocking, and the wounds are deep. Together, we have to act to change these alarming statistics. Education, friendship, feelings of belonging and other factors can all contribute to a culture where no forms of sexual violence are accepted. We have to provide people with the tools needed so they can fight the issue of rape and abuse.
“IT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU, BUT HOW YOU
RESPOND TO IT THAT MATTERS”
ADDRESSING LIFE CHALLENGES
Throughout life, we all face challenges of different kinds. Whether it is a personal battle, the loss of a loved one, a traumatic experience or a terrible heartace, listening to a story of hope and healing can be all we need to get back up and start the journey towards a happier and healthier life. It’s all about the decision-the decission to get back up and start over. Listening to the challenges of others helps us get our own in perspective, and seeing others succeed gives us strength and hope for the future.
KEY NOTE ADDRESSES
Key Note Speaker at SMU “Let’s Talk About It!” Back to school orientation, Dallas, TX, - 08.22.2011.
Key Note Speaker at ESPN Feature Screening “Breaking the Silence” Dallas, TX, - 04.15.2012
Key Note speaker at UTA, “Greek 201 program” - 10.07.2012
Key Note Speaker at the “2012 Pikes Peak Domestic Violence Summit” Colorado Springs, CO, - 10-11.10.2012
Key Note Speaker at Conference on Crime Against Women, Dallas – 04.08.2013-04.10.2013:
Key note speaker at “Take Back the Night”, UTEP – 04.25.2013
Key note speaker at “I Believe You” 4th annual sexual assault conference, New Town, ND - 04.30.2013
Key note speaker at “Conference on Crimes Against Women” , Newport, VA, - 08.22.2013
SMU - Guest speaker at all SMU Wellness classes (5 classes) Fall 2013, Dallas, TX - 09.04-05.2013
Key Note at “Conference Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault”, Oklahoma City, OK, 09.19.2013
Key Note at “International Symposium of Human Identification” Atlanta, GA. - 10.08.2013
Key Note at “Sexual Assault Awareness Week” Loten, Norway. - 01.22.2014
Presenter at Sykehuset-Innlandet’s (Regional hospital section - East Norway) leadership meeting. Elverum, Norway. - 04.02.2014
Key Note at Base Fort Myer “JFHQ-NCR / MDW SEXUAL HARASSMENT/ASSAULT RESPONSE & PREVENTION TRAINING”. Washington DC. -04.11.2014
Key Note at Base Fort Meade “JFHQ-NCR / MDW SEXUAL HARASSMENT/ASSAULT RESPONSE & PREVENTION TRAINING”. Washington DC. - 04.11.2014
Key Note and subject to mock case at George Washington University’s Forensic Molecular Biology section. Washington DC. - 04.14.2014
Key Note at George Washington University gender studies program section 1 and 2. Washington, DC. - 04.15.2014
Julie Valentine Luncheon 2016
JFHQ-NCR / MDW Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention Training
Conference on Crimes Against Women in Dallas