Giving lectures and telling my story publicly has quickly become my favorite part of speaking out against sexual violence and human trafficking. Inevitably, every time I give a presentation at least one person – if not more – discloses to me they, too, are a survivor. Someone placing that much trust in me is always profound, and I am always honored to be the recipient of such information. Many times the person has never told anyone else.
Ending this isolation and silence is exactly why I speak out. I love how sharing my story provides an opening for others to do the same. Suffering alone is not necessary, even though speaking the reality of violence aloud can be terrifying. Once the words are out of your mouth, you can no longer put them back in. Speaking up takes courage. I also learned multiple people sought services and counseling they day after I spoke at a recent Take Back the Night Rally. I am grateful to be a part of each person’s journey to healing.
I am spending this winter break from work and school to prepare for a busy 2015 speaking schedule. Some events are public, while others are private. Details about my current two public dates are listed below. Check here for schedule updates, as I am currently solidifying details for additional 2015 engagements.
Right Turn Radio, award-winning substance abuse and addiction talk show on WRKO 680AM Boston, Sunday, 2/8/15, 6-7pm EST. More info: http://www.right-turn.org/right-turn-radio/
Collapsing This Hushed House: My Escape from Child Sexual Exploitation, Dover Public Library, 2/9/15, 7-8pm
Finding Answers: A Journey Toward Truth and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Welllesley Centers for Women, Lunchtime Seminar Series, with The Boston Globe BetaBoston.com Editor Janelle Nanos, 4/2/15, 12:30-1:30pm
Finally, here are endorsements from two of my most recent speaking engagements. I was grateful to present to their communities and look forward to speaking in 2015.
“Kate brings a warmth with her to presentations that is rare in speakers. She is a driven, well-spoken researcher and advocate for victims and survivors, but she is able to connect with audiences of varying awareness levels. Kate is a powerful voice for exploitation awareness and I commend her for her ability to empower individuals to be a part of the solution, versus a bystander turning a blind-eye.We are grateful for the 300+ lives she impacted as our keynote speaker at UTC’s Take Back the Night 2014.” – Cassandra Nice, Assistant Director, Women’s Center, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
“Kate Price had a fascinating story to tell and her sheer instinct to survive and thrive was evident in her story and her life today. Our students, staff and community members really felt comfortable with Kate as she was very willing to share her story and answer any questions that they had. Kate was a great speaker and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a thought provoking lecture.” – Kristie McNamara, Associate Director, Student Activities, Worcester State University