Abused emotionally, physically and sexually, for the first thirty six years of her life; today Mary is no longer a victim. Although Mary will never recover the lost parts of herself that were stolen from her as a child, she is a survivor in every sense of the word. Mary now brings her story to others to encourage them to take back their lives as well.
Today Mary is the author of Only Children Hear Me, a children's book, in addition to accompanying teaching manual. Mary also wrote an extensive report entitled The Many Faces of Child Abuse based on her longterm research. She works to encourage children and adults to speak out, seek therapy, and take back their lives to live for themselves; no longer under the cloud of their abuser.
In addition to several trainings for a wide range of participants, Mary was the sole presenter at the RI State House for the full House of Representatives, on Early Intervention for Childhood Victims of Sexual Molestation. Mary was also the opening speaker for Linda Fairstein, former Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney's Office in Manhattan.
Mary is a survivor, and a proud member of SSRI.
Incredibly moving testimony from those who are generally powerless in our criminal justice system...Michael B. Forte, Chief Judge of Rhode Island Family Court
Impactful, educational, no better way to learn from those with first-hand knowledge... A journey of triumph and victory that everyone needs to hear.CMSgt. Lori Ashness Former RIJFHQ/SARC
This training should be required for all medical students. Incredible presentation and very important for future physicians to hear...Medical Student, Warren Alpert Medical School - Brown University
Phenomenal. One of the most effective presentations I have ever experienced at a conference. Really serves to ground me in the long term impact of abuse...RI Family Court Conference Attendee
It was amazing. I'm sure others would agree it had a huge impact on our unit as medical professionals...RI National Guards Military Detachment Unit Training Attendee