Madam President

When a friend sent me an e-mail with Madam President in the subject, I was intrigued.  Upon opening it I realized she was talking about me!  She was congratulating me on being elected as Board President for the Ohio Alliance To End Sexual Violence.  Don’t know exactly how it happened but,  if I know nothing else, I know there are no coincidences in life.    As each day passes, the excitement and responsibility sinks in.  There are so many issues, initiatives, and work that needs to be done.  I’m happy to be a part of it.  Why?  I believe that we must create a national movement to end child sexual abuse and sexual assault of adults.  We must!  I believe in order to do that, we must grow the movement locally and expand nationally.  Frankly, I don’t know why we haven’t had one before.  I don’t understand with all of the national and local organization addressing these issues why it has not been obvious that we must all collaborate to become one huge voice.  Rape crisis centers can’t do it alone, sexual assault centers, can’t do it alone, battered women shelters can’t, private practitioners, survivors, etc. can’t do it alone.  The OAESV has as its mission the eradication of all forms of sexual violence (  I’m really expecting that as the OAESV begins to make itself known around the State everyone will become a member so we can work collectively.

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