First and foremost, I am a "survivor scholar" and an artist.
As a criminal justice professor and sex crimes policy expert at California State University, Fullerton, I am currently involved in several projects related to restorative justice practices that bridge survivor and perpetrator voices. I am a founding member of the Sex Offense Policy and Research Working Group.
I am a fiercely outspoken advocate in ending the shame and stigma around sexual violence. I firmly believe that stopping sexual violence requires us to actively change the conversation. We must listen to survivors speak about the short and long term effects of trauma and we must make the topic of sexual violence and victimization less taboo. We must also give individuals who have committed sexual harm the opportunity to hear from and share with survivors. This is my calling as a survivor scholar. I have now met with almost 200 men who have committed acts of sexual harm. I use my personal and professional expertise to provide safe spaces for both individuals who have experienced sexual violence and those who have committed it.
I have learned that in order to be effective as a researcher, scholar, and advocate, I must be intentional about stepping away from my work to unwind and recharge. One way I do this is through painting. You can view some of my artwork here. Please use the "contact me" tab above if you are interested in purchasing or commissioning a painting. A portion of proceeds from sales of my art will be donated to organizations that focus on sexual assault resources and prevention.