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Sexual Assault Prevention Speaking Topics

Have you seen my TEDx Talk yet?

 About me: I am a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for The Huffington Post, health advocate, TEDx and RAINN Speaker, actress, and playwright.  I’ve been through my own ordeal of sexual abuse, 27 surgeries, coma, organ failure, six years being unable to eat or drink, and the PTSD that comes from ten years of trauma,  starting from my senior year of  high school. Having been affected by illness, dissociation, disability and chronic conditions, I aim to provide hope, help and resources for survivors and their allies, starting a vital conversation on how we each work to build a culture of empathy and empowerment. See full bio here.

 Knowing how difficult it was for me to speak of my own abuse (especially after waking up from a coma months later),  I devised a trauma-informed program, listed in the directory for the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, that combines Broadway theatre with resiliency building, sexual assault awareness and mental health advocacy, in order to empower survivors and allies with the leadership tools and inner resources needed to heal from trauma and create a compassionate community. 

See Amy’s Expert profile in the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Directory.

 You can learn more about the program at this link: You can also view details, references, videos and a comprehensive booking history at This event is also ideal for non-profit fundraising efforts, or for a community gala to raise awareness. It has won seven major national awards and has been a keynote performance for organizations, conferences, shelters, and universities across the country since 2012.

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The Biggest Problem with Sexual Assault Prevention

How do you engage students, society, and individuals that aren’t already advocates?

Create a three-component program involving engaging musical theatre, accessible education, and a friendly Q & A, engaging theatre:

Part 1) A 70-minute one-woman autobiographical musical – Gutless & Grateful – a comedic yet poignant story on how I survived 27 abdominal surgeries, organ failure, and sexual abuse. Through interwoven song and dialogue, I share a primal piece of live-storytelling – a powerful message that it’s possible or survivors to become empowered by their own identity and be secure in their choices.

Part 2) An educational session/speech where I discuss the psychological impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, innovative means of breaking barriers of silence and stigma, and how to develop a resiliency toolbox.

Part 3) A Q&A session involving  creative participatory exercises to empower individuals with their personal stories and help facilitate communication.

Who is this for, and what topics have been covered?

Campus LGBTQ Sex Workers
Child Sexual Abuse Male Survivors Sexting & Technology
Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault Military Sexual Assault Forensic Exam
Engaging Men People with Disabilities Sexual Harassment
General Information/Statistics Prevention Intimate Partner Sexual Violence
Housing/Homelessness Prison Rape Elimination Act Stalking
Human Trafficking SARTs Youth/Adolescents
Immigrant & Refugee Sex Offender Management Understanding Trauma

This was also a featured presentation for Mental Health America Conference in 2016 and 2017, the keynote at the 2016 Pacific Rim InternationalConference on Diversity and Disability in Hawaii, and will be the keynote performance Take Back the Night in Tucson, AZ, and at the 2018 International School of Social Work Conference in Ohio. See complete booking history here.

National Sexual Assault Response Team Training Conference provides interdisciplinary training to SART members.

PTSD and Sexual Assault Topics

I'm not a victim.

Read my Huffington Post article, It’s Okay to Freeze (More articles here)

What factors lead to individual’s ability to assertively cope with and escape from potentially dangerous situations?  In the wake of sexual assault, destructive coping strategies can lead to amplified PTSD symptoms and victimization.

Through sexual assault prevention, PTSD education and empathy-building, we assert our innate power to move through trauma.  By understanding the psychological repercussions of sexual violence, individuals are empowered to come forward as allies and leaders, creating a community striving towards compassion.  Learn healthy coping skills for healing after sexual assault.

Related topics include:

  • Sexual Violence, Survival, and Support
  • Breaking Barriers to Reporting
  • Law Enforcement Response to Victims of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
  • Challenging misconceptions about sexual assault and domestic violence
  • Playing an active role in prevention and response.
  • What is Victim Blaming, and How to Prevent Through PTSD Awareness
  • Body-Based Techniques and Creative Pathways to Healing
  • How to Prevent Advocate “Burn Out” and Self-Care for Allies
  • Sexual Assault in the Military
  • Art and Creative Therapy for Survivors
  • Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus more information below)

This is an extension of the College Mental Health Program, which you can learn about here. View PDF with Sexual Assault & PTSD Programming information.

My Story
At 17, I was sexually abused by a mentor figure for nearly a year. I froze, unable to face what had happened to me for months until days after my 18th birthday. Two weeks after finally telling someone, my stomach literally exploded, I was in a coma for months, and almost died. After 27 surgeries, organ failure, six years unable to eat or drink, and the PTSD from ten years of trauma, I was only able to heal once I discovered authentic ways to experience my memories and emotions, reclaim my voice, and share my story, ultimately transforming my traumas into a beautiful detour. (Read full bio here.)

  • 1 in 9 college students are sexually assaulted while enrolled in school, including 1 in 4 women
  • Half of all students are sexually harassed while enrolled in school
  • Less than 28% of sexual misconduct on campus ever gets reported

The Problem
Sexual misconduct (harassment and sexual assault) is a significant problem on college campuses. Undergraduate students find themselves with newfound freedom, as young adults, but often don’t understand the responsibilities and hazards that come with that freedom. During their undergraduate years, many will be victims or perpetrators of sexual misconduct and many may not even recognize it when it happens.
Sexual misconduct is everyone’s problem, and all students of all genders need to be aware of the signs and effects, as well as strategies to prevent it from happening and to cope and recover when it does happen.


Gutless & Grateful will cover:

  • Increasing awareness of sexual misconduct on campus
  • Dispelling myths
  • Understanding the role of bystanders
  • Building a support system
  • Learn about a supportive attitude and how to help a friend
  • Campus resources and programs for support
  • Developing coping skills
  • Building leadership skills
  • Healing from numbness
  • Key Themes Explained


Participants will come away with:

  • A broader understanding of the issues
  • Greater empathy and a supportive attitude toward victims
  • Tools for coping with situations, as they arise
  • Knowing how to use their voice and share their story
  • Awareness of campus resources

See amy’s work with students here

Through our courage, we grow.Through our stories, we heal.

See Amy’s art for healing here.

The Power of Our Stories

Until I was able to tell my story, at first for myself, and ultimately, to others, I was not able to fully heal.

The day I reached out, I found connection, acceptance, forgiveness, and my self.  And I love who I found.

Watch my TEDx Talk here

Remember: You don’t know what you’re capable of until you’re tested.  So when that test does come your way, trust that you are capable.

Talk about it, express it, reach out in any way you can.  And know you are not alone.

Amy is a proud member of the RAINN Speakers Bureau.

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

-Coco Chanel

College student? Click here to find out about the #LoveMyDetour movement and how to bring it to your campus!

Book Gutless & Grateful Today!

I was sexually abused.My stomach exploded.I was in an coma for months.I've had 27 surgeries.I couldn't eat or drink for 6 years.

This is how I share my story. Learn more here.

For Staff:

  • Learn six ways staff can fight sexual abuse on campus here.
  • Helpful tips for students to prevent sexual assault here.
  • See references for the program.
  • Learn more about Amy’s speaking.
  • Learn more about Amy’s programs for PTSD warriors and their supporters at

How Can You Help?

  • Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Find out ways you can get involved here.
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  See my resources for taking action here.
  • And every day is a day to help break the silence.  Find out how you can help here.

Amy was the keynote speaker for Arizona’s 2017 Take Back the Night Event.  Read her Huffington Post Recap here.

View a comprehensive guide of Amy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and PTSD programs here.

Hear Amy’s original song, How Dare You:

What is #MyNameOurVoice? Find out here.

Book Amy as a speaker today.



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