“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you meet Angela Rose the first thing that you notice is her infectious smile and her eternally upbeat personality. Those are the obvious qualities, what I have learned about her in the over two years I’ve known her is that her inner strength outshines every other quality she might possess. She is a soldier in a war with many fronts. A war against the silence, shame and fear that accompany the victims of sexual assault. That “inner Angela” was the the person that I believe emerged when she was kidnapped from a shopping mall when she was seventeen years old and assaulted by a repeat sex-offender who was on parole for murder. After being released by her attacker, she then suffered at the hands of authorities who subjected her to blame and additional victimization. I imagine the fighter in her would not allow the tragedy of both incidents to shape the rest of her life. Now, fifteen years later she has grown into one of the nation’s most passionate and dedicated advocates for the prevention of sexual violence. Angela has lobbied for laws for victims and has promoted the importance of education on issues of sexual violence as well as the need to engage men in the movement. She has appeared the Montel Williams Show, the John Walsh show, and newscasts across the country. Rose presents workshops and gives speeches at conferences, military trainings, and on college campuses.
Rose founded PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment in 2001. PAVE uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual violence. PAVE’s work has been highlighted on CNN and The Today Show. PAVE has created educational programming and tools as well as grassroots action campaigns. Rose produced a documentary called Transition to Survivor in which sexual assault survivors tell their powerful and emotional stories, from reporting the crimes to dealing with the aftermath of the violence. Also, PAVE’s Survivor Justice Campaign has been instrumental in bringing awareness to egregious acts of misconduct towards victims of sexual assault throughout the criminal justice process.
Tuesday Night at Rockit (22 West Hubbard) Angela will celebrate15 years of paving positive futures and I’m proud to assist with this celebration of strength and a life lived with a purpose. I wish her many more years of using her strength to empower and inspire others. For more information on the event and for tickets (only $15 with all proceeds donated to P.A.V.E.)
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