Ending Abuse Together
in your local community
Courage Conversations—similar to TEDx events—are independently-run mini-abuse awareness events licensed by The Courage Conference to local community leaders who wish to lead a movement of healing change within their city.
We are beyond thrilled to see The Courage Conference expand into local communities through Courage Conversation mini-events. Ending abuse together means joining hands with local leaders to empower survivors and their communities through healing and education provided through Courage Conversation events.
This year, we are launching Courage Conversations with an event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania! Details about the event are below.
Nationally-Recognized Abuse Survivor Event Comes
Lancaster non-profit and sexual abuse advocates, Speak Truth Ministries, will be
facilitating a local event on Saturday, September 7th, 2019, to bring awareness to the sexual abuse crisis. Courage Conversations, a half-day conference bringing awareness and support to sexual abuse survivors will be held from 9-1 p.m. at the Manheim Township Public Library. The conference will be an opportunity to create more awareness and unified messages about the societal impact of sexual abuse.
“I am beyond thrilled to see The Courage Conference, a national event for abuse survivors and advocates, expanding into local communities through Courage Conversation mini-events,” said Ashley Easter, national advocate and founder of The Courage Conference. “We believe that ending abuse together means joining hands with local leaders to empower survivors and their communities through healing and education provided through Courage Conversation events. The Courage Conference stands in enthusiastic support for Courage Conversations Lancaster.”
Courage Conversations will provide an opportunity for local speakers to give short, impactful messages that educate attendees on issues relating to sexual abuse. This local event is an independent event licensed by The Courage Conference. Currently scheduled are:
Dr. Cathy Hoshauer, a former pediatrician from Roseville Pediatrics;
Lizz Durbin from Safe Places;
Rochelle Matthew Stoltzfuz, trauma therapist;
Matthew Pappas, a male survivor and licensed life coach;
Susan Hall from Lancaster YWCA;
Liria Forsythe, founder of Speak Truth Ministries;
Jimmy Hinton, MDiv.
The keynote speaker is Jimmy Hinton, pastor of Somerset Church of Christ, who received national media attention in 2011 by assisting in the conviction of his pastor father for committing multiple acts of sexual abuse. The speakers are also scheduled to attend the Empowerment Gathering luncheon, allowing guests an opportunity to personally engage with the forum, obtain information on means of support and network with those who work with abuse survivors.
“By having these events, our hope is to further establish a ‘same team’ mentality in these counties between all the fields that interact with abuse survivors,” Liria Forsythe, founder of Speak Truth, states. “Our organization’s focus is to validate abuse survivors; we do that best when we equip and educate those closest to survivors—the ones who are most involved in their lives and the healing process. Support systems are incredibly influential in the success rate of a healing victim and we want to do a better job supporting them.”