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As the Founder and Executive Director of PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment), I wanted to respond to the recent case of missing and presumed dead 17 year old Chelsea King. Although she and her family had moved to California, Chelsea grew up only 40 minutes from where I was abducted at the age of 17 – both by repeat sex offenders.

In Dallas, TX at the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV). I serve as the Co-Chair of the Publicity and Public Relations Action Team on the Executive Committee. NPEIV is a collective of over 150 state and federal organizations and agencies. At the end of this post, you’ll see the infamous Washington DC blizzard of 2010!

Shattering The Silence of Domestic Violence
Date: February 8, 2010, 11:50am-1:50pm
Location: DePaul University Downtown – Room 214
Purpose: Featuring Clips from the Award Winning Film LUCKY DAYS –
 Talkback with Filmmaker/Actress Angelica Torn with PAVE Founder Angela Rose

 Angelica Torn has also appeared in many films including, The Sixth Sense and The Contender as well as in a number of television shows, including Law and Order, The Sopranos, and In The Line of Fire. Torn has a wealth of award-winning theater credits including The Vagina Monologues, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, the Edge as Sylvia Plath, and most recently in the Tony Award winning August: Osage County playing in Chicago Tuesday through Feb. 14 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St.  For her riviting performance in this play, Angelica was recently nominated for a prestegious Helen Hayes Award.  I had the great pleasure of spending time with Angelica at PAVE’s red carpet Gala “Removing the Mask” in Los Angeles.

PAVE Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment is an international, grassroots nonprofit that uses art, education and action to shatter the silence of sexual and domestic violence. PAVE initiatives have been implemented in over 55 cities and in 3 countries. PAVE has been featured in many major national outlets including CNN, Today Show, and in TIME.  www.PavingTheWay.net

 

PAVE partnered with Aytia/Matia artists collective for a SOLD OUT performance art event called Sleep Cycles in Brooklyn, NY on Nov 20, 2009. Aytia/Matia is composed of New York City’s most talented young composers, filmmakers, fine artists and visual artists. This event was held at the Dumbo Loft in Brooklyn, NY. This event used the five stages of sleep, or the REM sleep cycle, as a guide. The moment you entered the venue, you sliped into stage one sleep, those few moments when you’re still half-lucid. As the performance progressed, so did the audience through the five stages of sleep, culminating with the premiere of Pyramid Scheme, composer, Grayson Sanders suite for electro-acoustic orchestra. The detailed design of the space coupled with the continuous sequence of performances truly felt like a journey through the human unconscious. It was the event itself that was the real piece of art. Visual art by Aytia/Matia artist, David Sprecher. PAVE’s involvement stems from the notion that sleep should be celebrated and many survivors of sexual violence have a hard time achieving peaceful slumber. Read a review of the event

BREAKING NEWS: Action Kit available for nationwide rallies on Oct 10 – email RapeisRape@gmail.com Let your voice be heard! We must be the voice for everyone who has been silenced by sexual violence! Visit http://www.RapeIsRape.com

In an excerpt from the NY Times:

In March 1977, Mr. Polanski, 43 at the time, invited a 13-year-old to pose for pictures in a magazine he was guest-editing. He took her to Jack Nicholson’s house on Mulholland Drive and gave her Champagne and a Quaalude. He knew she was 13; he called her mother to tell her they were running late. Then he had oral and vaginal sex with the girl. After learning that she was not on the pill, he penetrated her anally.  In grand jury testimony, the girl said that she told him no, repeatedly, but they were alone in the house — Mr. Nicholson was away — and she was afraid.

But Whoopi says – it’s not “Rape-Rape”. Watch the video and join PAVE for a global campaign Rape IS Rape: Join Team Ten on Oct 10 (see press release below)

Media Contact: info@pavingtheway.net 

p: 877.399.1346

 

PROMOTING AWARENESS, VICTIM EMPOWERMENT CHALLENGES CELEBRITIES SUPPORT OF ROMAN POLANSKI

Moviegoers Encouraged to Boycott Films by Hollywood Supporters

CHICAGO, October 2, 2009 — On October 10, rallies will be held in front of movie theatres across the country and abroad in response to the startling media and Hollywood support of Roman Polanski, the film director convicted of sexual assault and fleeing the country. These powerful demonstrations happening on October 10 are part of a global campaign, Rape IS Rape: Join Team Ten. This effort is being orchestrated by the nonprofit PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment, who was responsible for the 2007 nationwide “Call it RAPE Protest” that was held in over 40 cities and covered on CNN, TIME, and NBC’s Today Show.

PAVE Founder and Executive Director Angela Rose was kidnapped from a shopping mall when she was 17 years old, “As an outspoken survivor of sexual violence, I am horrified at the media and Hollywood’s support for a man who fled the country after pleading guilty to a sex crime against a child. The outcry of support for a sexual assault perpetrator is a strong message we are sending out to victims across the country that they will be forever silenced and blamed for these atrocious acts.”

According to the US Department of Justice, every two minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes, with 60% still being left unreported.

Rose said, “Ask any sexual assault survivor and they will tell you that the scars left from the abuse can last a lifetime, especially when the sexual violence is followed by silence, shame and lack of support. The fact that there are several celebrities standing behind Polanski is nothing short of appalling.”

PAVE is seeking support from all moviegoers to join in helping shatter the silence of sexual violence. On October 10th, people in cities across North America will gather signatures at movie theatres for a petition that supports survivors of sexual violence. The awareness campaign calls for a boycott of movies by Polanski’s supporters.

“This situation saddens me greatly because it sets us back so many years. In supporting Polanski, Hollywood directors, actors and producers are contributing to the ongoing silence surrounding sexual assault,” noted Rose.  “Our public figures need to support the voices of our vulnerable youth – not those who prey on them.”

PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment is a national, grassroots nonprofit. PAVE uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual violence with targeted social, educational and legislative tactics. PAVE initiatives have been implemented in over 55 cities and in 3 countries.

http://www.PavingTheWay.net

GET INVOLVED AND START A RALLY IN YOUR TOWN!! Email: info@pavingtheway.net

READ THE TESTIMONY: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/polanskia1.html

http://womenspeakout.wordpress.com/2009/10/01/polanski-raped-her/

The Diva Series Reunion Party

The Diva Series Reunion Party

The Diva Series honors influential women in Media, PR, Fitness, Fashion, Beauty and much more. This event is so special because Maven showcases the talented women in Chicago and creates a community of support and encouragement between the women. We have been successfully honoring Divas for over a year now! Past, present and future Divas unite!

Featuring Audarshia Townsend of 312DiningDiva.com, Flirty Girl Fitness, Stacy Levy of Exhale Spa,Julie Hoff from Gold Coast MedSpa, Lindsay Hays and Kristin Tischauser of Grace PR, Amy Leffel of TeamiFit, Regan Farag of Body Movin’, Hope Bertram of Windy City Social, Jessica Marie from CHEW Chicago, SpaTreats2 U, Selective Search, Ladies for the NBC Chicago Street Team, Rose Mandel from Diva Gurls, Kelli Zink of CelebTV.com, Cheeky Chicago, Sarah Radford from Chic Gems, Bevin Lynch of Believe Coaching, Caroline Yacu of Reflect My Life, Nicole Price from Around Chicago Events, Liz Crokin from The RedEye, Itika Oldwine from Ford Models and NBC Chicago Street Team,Meredith Spiros from Bravo’s Shear Genius and Salon V, Poor Little Rich Girls, Ladies of Chcago Social and many many more!

Featuring the Divalicious specialty cocktail for $8 and passed appetizers from Chef Giuseppe Tentori.

Valet available and enjoy special giveaways from Divas!

Tickets available for $15 in advance at http://www.divaseries.eventbrite.com and $20 at the door.

From Sarah Vargo of Maven:
A portion of the proceeds will go to fellow Diva Angela Rose of PAVE. PAVE shatters the silence of sexual violence. PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment is a national, grassroots profit. Now they are working with MTV: Think and reaching a younger generation. I truly believe Angela Rose is a true Diva and should be honored. She started this organization after being abducted at knifepoint when she was seventeen. As the Executive Director of PAVE, she is now traveling the country and continues to inspire others to join the movement to end sexual violence. She sends a very strong and important message! Check out http://www.pavingtheway.net.

PAVE will be holding a benefit event “Removing the Mask: Art and Soul to Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence” from 7:00-10:00pm on Thursday, September 17, 2009 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 Grand Ave, Los Angeles. This year’s event promises to be a highlight of the season with celebrities, elected officials, and performance art.

Removing the Mask: Art and Soul to Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence

What: PAVE’s first annual Removing the Mask: Art and Soul to Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence

 The evening will include performance art by designers
 Elected officials and celebrity guest appearances by Sarah Rice from MTV Real World and more TBD
 International cuisine and silent auction

Why: Because empowerment comes from removing the mask and shattering the silence of violence!

 The event’s objective is to promote personal empowerment
 Your donations benefit PAVE, a national nonprofit that uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual and domestic violence
 PAVE’s work has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, and in TIME

Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Fifth Floor
Performing Arts Center of LA County
135 Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA

When: 7-10pm, September 17th, 2009

Please be a vital part of our celebration! Supporters include:
 Los Angeles County Commission for Women
 Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council
 Commission on the Status of Women – Glendale
 50/50 Leadership
 SHIELD Women’s Self Defense
 Costume Designers Guild

Ticket Prices
Early, Until August 17 $135.00
Regular Ticket $150.00

Spent time with Sarah Rice from MTV Real World Brooklyn as I was in San Fran speaking at a conference. So happy to have her join PAVE!! She is an amazing woman with a powerful story, click here

Don’t miss PAVE’s “Art and Soul” event in Los Angeles in September where you can meet Sarah and view her art!

I believe that everything in your life is a reflection of your thoughts – this is why I am a huge fan of the Reflect clothing line! These innovative and empowering wearable affirmations are printed backwards so you can read them in the mirror and affirm positive thoughts. I attended the Reflect Affirmation Party at The Image Studios where people were encouraged to create their own personal affirmation.

Reflect believes: It is very important to be conscious of your thoughts because often times you do not even realize what you are thinking. This is why the practice of positive affirmations is very important in life. Affirmations enable you to achieve the life you want.You can begin to see a difference in your life through conscious affirmation of a desire.  Thoughts, lead to feelings, which create inspired actions, and produce desired results. This is the process of manifestation. Here is the most important thing to remember! You must emotionalize the affirmation and believe in it! The statement must make you feel exhilarated, excited, joyous, and empowered!  

Ruth Ochroch, Ph.D., was twice the State President of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) and taught in the psychology doctoral program in NY for thirty-five years. At nearly 90 years young, she captivated me with her energy and wisdom after a speech I gave at the NYSPA conference “Empowering Women in an Unjust World: Improving Women’s Well-Being” on November 16, 2008.  At the dinner after the conference, Dr. Ochroch expressed her excitement about PAVE!