It’s through her experiences growing up in the faith community and attending a private Christian school, where Jenna realized the critical need for prevention education and survivor protection within communities of faith. Jenna Quinn was first asked to speak in public and share her testimony as a young teenager. Since then, she has pioneered the national child sexual abuse prevention movement since 2004. She is also an author, TED speaker, trainer, and the namesake of Jenna’s Law legislation on the state and federal level.
Passed unanimously in Texas in 2009, Jenna’s Law was the first child sexual abuse prevention education mandate in the U.S named after a survivor requiring K-12 sexual abuse prevention for students, school staff, and caregivers. It requires each school district to adopt and implement a prevention policy that educates students, teachers, and caregivers on how to prevent, recognize, and report child sexual abuse. Now, over half the country has adopted legislation reflecting the principals of Jenna’s Law, including federal legislation filed called, “The Jenna Quinn Law.”
With a Masters Degree in Communications, Jenna has reached international audiences, educating and sharing her inspiring story with legislatures, law-enforcement, abuse-prevention groups, schools, communities of faith, nonprofit organizations, and the general public delivering over 500 keynote speeches.
As a survivor who benefited from the services of a Children’s Advocacy Center, Jenna has worked with over 100 Child Advocacy Centers across the country and reached over 3 million children and youth. She's also helped raise over $20 million dollars for organizations fighting child sexual abuse.
Moreover, she has worked with over 26 states to help implement prevention education policies. Jenna is also featured in the "It’s Not Just Jenna” documentary film that depicts her story of hope and is shown to groups all across the country.
Jenna is also the founder of Reveal To Heal International and currently serves on multiple state and national task forces, alliances, boards, and policy review committees. She has participated in both local and international radio, television, and news programs, including Glamour Magazine, CBN, CNN, and our United States Senate. She is a wife and a mother and lives with her family in the Dallas, Texas area. Jenna Quinn has dedicated the past 18 years of her life to educating and inspiring others.
While working as a former Special Victim’s Detective, Kevin McNeil noticed a disturbing trend. It seemed that for every case he closed, there were three more to investigate. This discovery helped Kevin realize that placing people in jail and responding to abuse was not enough.
Kevin’s own personal battle with abuse encouraged him to find a way to make others aware of the destructive effects of abuse on our world. As a survivor of abuse, he struggled with constant thoughts of suicide, alcohol addiction, and depression. He worked long hours as a police officer, but it was at home that he faced his greatest enemy-himself. The consequences of the abuse he had faced lingered, therefore he sought out therapy to aid in his healing process. It was in therapy that Kevin immersed himself in literature about abuse. He learned about the effects abuse had on the brain and a person’s behavior and found a correlation between abuse and violence in our culture.
He found that reading about abuse and educating himself on the effects played an immeasurable role in his healing process. The suicidal thoughts stopped, his urge to drink decreased, and his depression faded. His work productivity increased, he won numerous awards, and quickly excelled to the top of his field. He took pride in his discoveries and began sharing his story and findings with other victims.
When Kevin shared his findings with victims and their parents, parents began taking their children to counseling, and sought out other educational resources on abuse. Some parents expressed to him that they did not know how to seek out information on abuse that they desired and that they wanted someone who would make the information simple and readily available.
Kevin created The Twelve Project to be the bridge between the lack of knowledge and awareness about abuse and people’s desire to learn. He provides resources with the aim of healing and teaching individuals, families, and communities. The Twelve Project is a safe place where people can learn about abuse 24/7. Inspired by the positive results people experienced from reading his teaching materials, he took his plan a step further; he retired as a detective and began speaking and educating full time.
Emily has a passion for the truth and for guiding others toward living a life rooted in the truth. As a survivor herself, Emily faced the condemning nature of our world first-hand and was left with feelings of shame, disgust, and worthlessness. It was during that time, and being open about her experience, that it became apparent to her just how many other people experience those same feelings and so easily allow the lies of this world to define them.
She sat down to write what is now the Broken Lenses series for the first time in the summer of 2016. Emily began her author journey to share her passions of empowering others to know their value in Christ and being a light to other survivors of sexual assault. She is blessed with all of the opportunities her writing has opened up to do both of those things, and has spoken to numerous people of various faiths, age groups, and nations.
Before becoming an author, Emily worked in the corporate world as a data analyst. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in business administration. Now, when she’s not writing, she spends her time tutoring math and chemistry, volunteering with her church’s high school youth group, playing soccer, and making latte art.
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