Wed., Sept. 27, 2017 • Cornwall Civic Complex Breakfast 6:00–7:00 a.m. • Guest speaker at 7:15 a.m.
The story of Angela Rose grabs the heartstrings and won’t let go. That’s because, for the American activist, sexual assault isn’t just a concept or an issue. It’s personal. It’s part of her heart-rending, heartmending journey.
Having seen the face of evil and felt the power of recovery, the inspiring champion of social justice will bring her amazing and emotional story to the Cornwall Civic Complex on Wednesday, September 27th as guest speaker at the Celebrity Walk and Breakfast, the biggest annual fundraiser for the Children’s Treatment Centre.
When Rose was 17, she was kidnapped at knifepoint from an Illinois shopping mall and sexually assaulted by a repeat offender who was on parole for murder. Fighting through the terror and trauma, she made a promise to herself that changed her life, and the lives of countless others.
“I made a vow to myself that, if I lived through this nightmare, whoever victimized me would never hurt anyone else,” she told a hushed courtroom shortly before assailant Robert Koppa was given life in prison without parole.
Since then, Rose has spent a lifetime making good on her promise, devoting herself to preventing sexual abuse, empowering survivors, and pushing for stronger legislation. In 2002 Angela founded the non-profit organization, Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment (PAVE), to create education and action surrounding the issues of sexual violence. But she never loses sight of her personal stake in the issue of sexual violence.
Rose will address the impact of her abduction and the assault, the transforming treatment that took her from heartache to hope and healing, and the urgent need to encourage victims to report sexual assaults and seek help from highly trained, empathetic professionals at places like the Children’s Treatment Centre.
To participate in the Celebrity Walk & Breakfast, or get more information about the Centre and its invaluable work, call 613.933.4400 or visit email@example.com