Wed., Sept. 27, 2017 • Corn­wall Civic Com­plex Break­fast 6:00–7:00 a.m. • Guest speaker at 7:15 a.m.

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - ONTARIO NEWS -

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 ctc-sdg@co­geco.net

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