Here's a little about me and why K.A.S.S.I.E. came to be....
I am...a Mother a Friend and a SURVIVOR!
Growing up in households where domestic violence was a normal occurrence, not just physical but emotional and mental as well. I unknowingly invited the same behaviors into my home as an adult, creating would-be victims of my own children.
Yes, I have been subjected to both sexual & domestic abuse; never having shared because of shame; self-blame, fear of judgement and sheer embarrassment. It took me to loose my greatest friend - Cassandra 'Cassie' Betts, to domestic violence to acknowledge that there are others out there like us who are still keeping secrets. I decided there has to be a better route to 'life after abuse'.
In 2012 I founded the non-profit organization The K.A.S.S.I.E. Project (Keeping All Survivors Safe Informed & Emancipated) bringing my vision and promise to Cassandra to life.
Determined to spread the message and provide an outlet for survivors to Share.. Heal.. Live…I often partner with organizations such as; Cincinnati Police Dept.; Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections; YWCA and more to encourage healing. I am a strong believer that it's important for survivors to find an outlet, specifically through the arts. Yes healing through the arts. I started working with ‘We Must Stop Now’ a theatrical tour against domestic violence. We Travel across the country to colleges, churches, prisons, schools and more enacting different scenarios relating to domestic violence and bringing awareness to combat it. Because of my background in radio/television, I have been blessed to use those very platforms to reach survivors. I am the creator and host of K.A.S.S.I.E. Live! Where we take the ‘signature K.A.S.SI.E. couch’ into the studio where other survivors agree to share their stories, gifts and talents live, with our viewing audience to encourage others to begin their journeys into life after abuse.
Although an award winning commercial & stage actress; accomplished radio & television personality; I have found that my sole purpose is to bring healing to the masses by connecting survivors with survivors for the much needed support they desire and deserve as they move into a healthy life after abuse!
Won't you please join me in making the movement to SHARE... HEAL... LIVE... ?