Lisa Michels Participates in RAINN Speaker’s Bureau
Virginia Beach, Va., April, 2010 ….“1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime.” In order to being awareness and take action against sexual assault, Lisa Michels, a local Virginia Beach entrepreneur and business owner, has recently been accepted as an expert speaker for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). They are the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org, and publicizes the hotline’s free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
In 2001 Lisa was a participant on the Oprah show in a weeklong program with Dr. Phil called the “Get Real Challenge.” This life changing event for Lisa has helped her personally deal with and overcome her personal tragedies and has given her the strength, ability and determination to help other victims. Lisa’s passion for assisting victims led her to Project Meridian Foundation as an Executive Board Member, working to combat human trafficking and the sex trade.
According to Lisa Michels “ Victims of sexual abuse are more likely to suffer from depression, PTSD, abuse alcohol and drugs, and contemplate suicide. That’s why it is so critical to talk about sexual abuse – emphasizing the seriousness of the crime while reinforcing the importance of taking steps to get help through resources like RAINN.”
April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) and there are many events planned across the country to bring awareness and put an end to unwanted sexual encounters. Lisa Michels offers her unique perspectives as a survivor of sexual assault and is available to speak to your organization or participate in your event.
Lisa Michels has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh, with a major in psychology and a minor in accounting. She is a PMP (Project Management Professional) Certified; a member of the US Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC), the Project Management Institute (PMI), and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
For more information: www.lisamichels.com