What do you get when you have 3 courageous women + 3 powerful stories? The results = countless children’s lives changed!
You have these three different women from three different walks of life. Jenna Quinn, Erin Merryn and Lauren Book.However they all have one thing in common. Unfortunately they were sexually abused but refused to be victims but instead CHOSE to be victors and CHOSE to turn their pain into purpose. Their stories look a little something like this…….
Jenna Quinn was once a popular outgoing child before her life took a turn for the worst in her teen years. Her Father’s best friend as well as her basketball coach instead of coaching her in an appropriate way he began coaching her in an inappropriate way. When she was 12 he began having sexual conversations with her and threatened for her to keep it a secret. 2 years later is when he began molesting her and continued until she was 16. She became withdrawn, depressed and suicidal as a result. Eventually she confided in her sister and the abuse came to an end. She shortly thereafter began a mission in Texas ensuring that sexual abuse prevention be incorporated within schools. As a result the Jenna’s law was formed in 2009. Since than children were given the tools, language and courage to speak up and come forward about their abuse. www.jennaquinn.org She contributes her healing to her faith in God, counseling and the support from her family and friends.
Erin Merryn too has had to endure sexual abuse at the hands of someone she knew and confided in. When Erin was a child what started out as an ordinary sleepover turned into a nightmare that haunted Erin for years to come. Her friends family member began molesting her and continued for years. As if this was not enough after the abuse ended, someone else began molesting her. She became depressed, developed an eating disorder, began to self harm and was on the brink of suicide as the pain was too much for her to endure. The abuse came to an end even though the effects trickled into her adult years. Erin took her pain and turned it into purpose. She wanted to fight to ensure that sexual abuse prevention was being taught in classrooms. Her fight paid off in the long run because there are currently 32 states (2018) that adopted the Erin Merryn’s Law. This law mandates that sexual abuse prevention be incorporated in public school curriculums. As a result children have been equipped with the knowledge, language and courage to come forward about their abuse. www.erinmerryn.net Like Jenna she too contributes her healing and recovery to her faith in God, counseling and the support from her family and friends.
Lauren Book has a similar story, she too was sexually abused by someone she once trusted as well as her family. She suffered at the hands of her nanny for 6 years before the abuse came to an end. But just like Jenna and Erin she took her pain and turned it into purpose. As a result she founded an organization called Lauren’s Kids. www.laurenskids.org Lauren’s Kids is a non profit organization geared towards spreading awareness and in school curricula on sexual abuse prevention.
According to statistics 95% of sexual abuse cases is preventable through awareness and education. These three courageous women from different walks of life beat the odds and changed the Educational system as a whole. However more importantly the lives of those children who would have never disclosed their abuse because they did not have the language, tools or courage to speak up are now coming forward thanks to these three courageous women.