"I believe success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination" - Zig Ziglar
Christy Heiskala, Founder, Survivor & Mama Bear
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Expert | Trainer | Speaker | Author
My own child sexual abuse served as the catalyst for me to teach my daughter from the time she was born to speak up if she was touched inappropriately. However, I had never learned anything about grooming behaviors. I only knew how to react to child sexual abuse but not how to predict or prevent it.
In 2007, my daughter was molested by her third grade teacher and did exactly what I taught her. Knowing what I know now, all of the grooming signs were there and if I had been trained or if the school staff had been trained in child sexual abuse prevention, it could have been prevented all together. My daughter and all of the victims before her could have been spared a lifetime of PTSD & Anxiety.
I am more than a passionate parent. I have made this my life's vocation. I have literally put my money where my mouth is and left behind my 24-year career to take on the insurmountable task of reducing child sexual abuse and sexual assault. I have been a CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate to foster kids. I am a SART - Sexual Assault Response Team advocate. I am on the Lawyers Club Human Trafficking Collaborative and the San Diego Trauma-Informed Guide Team. I speak nationally and internationally at conferences and I am the go-to expert for the local news.
I want everyone to educate themselves, empower their children, speak up and take action. I know it won't be easy but I know you can do it! It takes a village and we all share this responsibility.
Let me know how I can help you.
Honored to be awarded One of Top 14 San Diego Power Moms Redifining Motherhood by Red Tricycle, online & print resource for parents. Click image to see details.