Hi, I'm Cynthia
I am a survivor of Teen Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault who has shared my story with audiences across the United States since 2007.
I will tell you that I was not a willing participant in sharing my most intimate and shameful life experiences; however, facing circumstances beyond my control, I now realize that speaking out was the start of my journey to healing, reconciling my past and taking my life back with no apologies.
My story was “high profile” by all standards and attracted media attention due to its nature. Having had these experiences, I decided to highly privatize my life and leave the public sphere. Over many years of public silence only deciding to share my story privately with confidants—family members, faith communities, close friends and colleagues—I was empowered to again start speaking publicly in an effort to advocate on behalf of others whom my story and advocacy will help.
Personal details of my experiences involving fear, abuse and, many times, victim-blaming, have allowed my mission to be even more influential and of greater purpose.