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 considered normal, 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 childhood molestation, rape & domestic abuse; never having shared because of shame; self-blame, fear of judgment and sheer embarrassment. It wasn’t until I lost one of my greatest friends – Cassandra ‘Cassie’ Betts, at the hand of domestic violence that forced me to acknowledge that there are others out there like me (us) who are still keeping secrets and protecting the perpetrators. I decided there has to be a better route to a ‘healthy life after abuse’ for us all.
Determined to work towards a resolution relating to the generational cycle of abuse, I was moved to launch the now award-winning non-profit organization, The K.A.S.S.I.E. Project (Keeping All Survivors Safe Informed & Emancipated) in 2012, naming it after my late friend. This non-traditional initiative has combined God’s purpose for me, my passion and my promise to remember Cassandra’s life. I intend to promote awareness around the need for mental healing amongst survivors, of and provide an outlet for survivors to Share… Heal… Live…by working with such agencies as The Cincinnati Police Dept. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections; We Must Stop Now, The S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation Colleges, Churches and more to encourage healing.
Although an award-winning commercial & stage actress; published author; accomplished radio & television personality; I have found that my sole purpose is to facilitate healing for the masses by connecting survivors our community of their peers for the much-needed support they desire and deserve as they move into a healthy life after abuse! This is why The K.A.S.S.I.E. Project exists.
Won’t you please join me in supporting the movement to for survivors to SHARE… HEAL… LIVE…?