After being drugged and raped by serial rapist Jeffrey Marsalis (known as the Match.com rapist), JoAnn has fought through PTSD and emotional distress. She comes on the podcast to share her journey and thoughts on mental resilience.
FULL BIOGRAPHY (From her website)
I am a date rape survivor who has successfully completed counseling/treatment for PTSD and seen my attacker through two trials resulting in convictions for sexual assault and rape and him being sentenced to Life in prison. He is described as one of the worst date rapists in this country.
Since 2009 I have spoken about my story to victim advocacy training groups, on college campuses and Take Back the Night events in hopes that it can help others heal.
I have been interviewed and appeared in a one-hour ABC News special and an Investigation Discovery Channel documentary episode of "Very Bad Men". Each focusing on my attacker and my experiences from the date rape through the counseling, trials and what's on the other side of it.
I am a member of the RAINN Speakers Bureau and the UC Irvine Speakers Bureau which includes Orange County, CA and a Women's Media Center SheSource expert.
My goal is to continue to speak out on social media and publicly wherever I am needed. This is a direct reaction to all the help and support that was provided to me. I also want to be a voice for others that, for whatever reason, can't speak out.
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2/12/2016 05:51:43 pm
Dear Folks at Conquer Worry: Just wanted you to know you might be getting less Likes on Facebook because (at least in my case) when someone tries to Like you, this message appears: "The parameter redirect_uri is required"
2/12/2016 05:59:35 pm
It takes HUGE courage to do what JoAnn is doing. We know that fear of talking about suicide leads to it not being addressed directly. I can't imagine it's any different for date rape. The more people who are willing to talk about it openly, the more people likely will understand why it needs to be addressed, and specifically how to prevent it. Thank you, JoAnn.
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