Breaking the Silence: Sexual Assault Thriver turned Advocate and Activist with Leah Forney

In this episode Leah Forney opens up about her journey from being a sexual assault survivor to becoming a powerful advocate and the founder of the Save Me movement. She shares the challenges she faced, the turning points in her healing, and how she found the strength to speak up and help others. With a decade dedicated to advocating for sexual violence survivors, Leah’s focus now extends to partnering with school districts aiming to revolutionize learning environments, making them safe, inclusive, and empowering for every student, teacher, and staff member.

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Key Takeaways:

Empowering Voices:

Leah emphasizes the power of storytelling and breaking the silence surrounding sexual assault. She believes in empowering survivors to share their stories, creating a network of support that fosters healing and change.

The Birth of Save Me:

Leah’s journey led her to establish the Save Me movement, an organization dedicated to supporting survivors and raising awareness about sexual assault. The rebranding and revitalization of Save Me reflect Leah’s commitment to making a lasting impact in the lives of survivors.

Activism and Advocacy:

Beyond personal healing, Leah actively engages in advocacy work, participating in legislative efforts to improve the justice system’s response to sexual assault cases. Her activism extends to public speaking engagements, where she educates communities about consent, prevention, and supporting survivors.

Community Building:

Leah encourages the creation of safe spaces for survivors to connect and heal collectively. Building a community that understands and supports survivors is essential for fostering resilience and overcoming the stigma associated with sexual assault.

Key Takeaways:

  1. The Power of Storytelling: Leah emphasizes the transformative power of survivors sharing their stories as a catalyst for personal and collective healing.
  2. Organizational Revitalization: The evolution of Save Me showcases the importance of adapting and growing to better address the needs of survivors and advocate for systemic change.
  3. Legislative Engagement: Leah’s advocacy work highlights the importance of engaging with policymakers to bring about systemic improvements in addressing sexual assault cases.

Leah Forney’s journey is a testament to resilience, strength, and the profound impact one person can have in the fight against sexual assault. Thank you for joining us on this episode of Milestone Moments. Stay tuned for more stories of triumph and transformation.

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