Anna was the perfect choice for our featured walker in Miami-Dade, not only because she is a survivor of child sexual abuse, but because of her faithfulness in helping to end abuse in our state. Anna spoke at the beginning of our MUJER rally, and her joy and passion was contagious. She works tirelessly to prevent abuse in her community, and we are proud to have her walking alongside us through Naranja!
Anna is a third-generation migrant farmworker and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She has over 16 years of experience working within the non-profit sector on issues affecting the Hispanic community such as: substance abuse prevention, domestic and sexual violence intervention and prevention, and HIV/AIDS, with 12 of these years in a community leadership role. Since 2005, Anna has been the Director of Community Education for Sexual Violence and HIV/AIDS, with programs focused on direct client advocacy, hotline crisis, prevention education through community mobilization and risk-reduction counseling.
Anna has been affected personally by the issues of sexual violence; she experienced childhood incest, gang rape, and other acquaintance abuse all through the hands of people who she wholeheartedly trusted.
“The walk has provided me the opportunity to reach into communities that do not access services. I walk to bring about awareness of the realization of sexual violence and to leave healing footsteps for others to follow. I am empowered through the walk, as we show other survivors that they are not alone. We can walk in public without shame and now I can really say “It was not my fault.‘”