Charlotte Survivor Rachael Brooks to Give Keynote Address at Oct. 28 Breakfast of Hope

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The more she told her story and connected with fellow survivors, the more empowered Rachael Brooks felt.

When Brooks began writing Beads, a memoir about her sexual assault, her years-long search for justice, and her path to healing, she rediscovered the power she thought she’d lost to one random, brutal act of violence. Today Brooks uses that power to support and empower other sexual assault and abuse survivors.

Brooks, an advocate, speaker, and author, will share her story at our Oct. 28 Breakfast of Hope virtual event at 9 a.m. The event wraps up the Safe Alliance’s October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month) Hope Is Calling campaign to raise awareness about the devastating impact of domestic and sexual violence in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The breakfast will include the premiere of our 2021 video as well as agency updates.

After her assault in 2008, Brooks struggled to cope with the rollercoaster of emotions she experienced. She found purpose in sharing her story and in writing Beads. Her message of determination and hope struck a chord with fellow survivors and helped Brooks heal.

“Continuing to talk about my trauma allows me to continue healing and also fulfill my passion for helping others,” said Brooks. “I have met so many amazing survivors throughout my journey, and while it is devastating that there are so many of us, I take comfort in knowing that, collectively, we can make a difference.”

Brooks added that agencies like InterAct and Safe Alliance are “imperative for survivors.”

“They offer so many critical services, including counseling, court and hospital advocacy, and support groups. They also provide an outlet for survivors to speak candidly and anonymously if they choose,” said Brooks. “Having this support available is crucial to a survivor’s wellbeing and trauma recovery.”

The Breakfast of Hope Virtual Event is free; register today. When you register, you’ll automatically be made and Champion and you’ll receive an email with a link to your own personalized fundraising page.

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