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Brianna Michelle Redman
In a classic tale of making lemonade when life gives you lemons, Brianna Michelle turned a hellish experience into a movement. She is on a mission to bring more awareness to the epidemic of rape and using her voice as her power. No more turning a blind eye to an act that is affecting so many lives, all over the world.
Instead of taking on the role as victim, she chose to take a stand as a Victorious Survivor and advocate. Brianna has often been called an open book. Always willing to share her story of early childhood molestation, a brutal rape and kidnapping while in college. Given lemons that were so life changing, she is inclined to share her story to the world!
Unfortunately, Brianna knows that rape is a plague that is happening all too often to men, women and children around the world, everyday. Statistics show that the amount of incidences that happen all too often are never reported and victims are living with internal pain. Something she is all too familiar with and looking to create change in the mindset of survivors.
Growing up in a single parent household by a strong woman and true support system, Brianna learned early that life can be difficult but one must prevail. Being molested by a family member for years silenced her, never telling anyone affected her growing into a young adult; sexual insecurities, isolation, emotional outbursts and lack of trust. To be brutally raped later by a stranger truly awakened a giant with a loud voice against sexual abuse.
Although fear weighed on her, Brianna put it to the side, reported her rape, and testified in trial after DNA evidence found the assailant. To have him found NOT guilty of on all charges of attempted murder, rape, kidnapping, assault and theft by force was heartbreaking and unbelievable. Realizing the justice system is not always fair; she decided to move on with her life but now become a voice for men, women and children who are victims/survivors or family.
Even though Brianna had her wings clipped by adversity, she has still been able to thrive and work toward goals; graduating college, studying/living abroad and pursuing a career as a model, spokesperson and advocate. She is now living in New York and Los Angeles. Being more ambitious than ever making a name for her in the modeling/acting industry working for L’Oreal, NARS, Lockheart, Bloomingdales, Essence, Clairol, Nike, various magazines, and television shows she is inspired and wants to also be an inspiration.
Speaking to men, women and children has become her personal therapy. With the experience of speaking at several organizations, schools she wants nothing more but to continue her movement and speak throughout the world on this epidemic. Her purpose is to bring awareness, address the effects, prevention and show how one can go from being a victim to victorious in life. With her relatable appeal and passion, she will be a great asset!
mission & vision
No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to educate and advocate.
Curtisha is a Domestic violence survivor. She aims to empower survivors of Rape, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and/or Mental/Emotional Abuse to SPEAK UP! She got involves with this program in 2014. She knows all to well what it is like to have a lack of resources when trying to fight a mental battle. She wants to let survivors know they are not alone in their fight for normalcy. Her goal for community outreach is to either get help or BE help! She has a background in early childhood development, administration and visual communication.
Voices Beyond Assault started in 2014 to help overcome the crisis of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. VBA works to raise awareness as well educate and create a platform for healing. We want to assist anyone who has been affected by addressing the issue and support those coping with the trauma of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Sexual Assault is any type of sex you don't agree to, including forcing a body part or an object into your vagina, rectum (bottom), or mouth. According to research, In the United States one out of every six American women have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. Among all victims, about nine out of ten are female. One out of every 33 American men has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in his lifetime. At least 10% of all victims are male. Sexual Assault to sex trafficking has become an epidemic. We at VBA are committed to finding a solution!
Domestic Violence is violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
There are far too many people being affected by the hateful acts of others. Please join us in taking a stand against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. We currently work in partnership with other organizations to assist survivors in coping and getting the help they need.
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