I have been using the Nanny League for almost a year now. I have been very lucky to get to know the founder, Lindsay Thomason and was honored that she asked me to cohost an event with her to raise awareness and funds for Stop the Silence. The Nanny League needs to raise an additional $3000 to reach their (5k) goal to maintain and expand their online nanny training program. This online training program will help ensure that all of their nannies are certified in Child Sexual Abuse education, prevention and mitigation. This training is just as important as First-AId/ CPR, and with your help, we can expand this program to a larder audience (including teachers, social workers, etc). Let’s work together to help #StoptheSilence and end Child Sexual Abuse!
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So many fun pics from the event below 💙 Too many to get them all on social media!!!
Here is a portion of Lindsay Thomason’s speech from the event I co-hosted for Mommy’s Night Out. Lindsay is the founder of The Nanny League which I have been using for almost a year! Lennox has LOVED every nanny! ❤️ This speech had us ALL in tears and incredibly inspired to help in any way possible. Thank you!
“In 2014 during our first Mommy’s Night Out for Stop the Silence, the Duggar scandal had just hit the airwaves, then there was the Cosby scandal, and now here we are three years later, and the Weinstein scandal has taken up most of our news feed. We all know someone who has been sexually harassed or assaulted. After all, statistics say 1 in 4 women 1 in 6 men are sexually abused before they reach the age of 18 -but many women don’t report the abuse, so the statistics are faulty. And why wouldn’t these victims- these SURVIVORS -keep quiet? I mean we live in a society – where even our own “president” makes grabbing women by the — you know what “locker room talk” & therefore acceptable! But, yet, on the bright side we are living in a time where women are rejecting injustices in a way never we have before ! Women, for the first time, in a long time, are speaking their truths- – we are posting ‘ME TOO’ statuses and diving deeper! The conversation is actually happening, and escalating!
And, well… ME TOO.
I am a survivor.
And it wasn’t until my senior year in college that I had my coming out or ‘awakening’ as I like to call it. It was a weight lifted off my shoulders that shortly came crashing back down when I learned that it happened to my older sister as well. I wasn’t his only victim.
In third grade, I got the “schooling out of school award” because I had missed so many days of school for being sick but still maintained straight A’s. I was making myself physically ill because of the secret I was holding in. The doctors at CHOP – Children’ Hospital of Philadelphia- even went as far as testing me for Leukemia. No one could figure out what was wrong with me. It wasn’t until my psychology studies at Syracuse that I learned the power of the brain. I learned about post-traumatic stress disorder and the brain’s ability to protect you when it needs to. I discovered that in Kindergarten, when Daddy said, If I told, he would “go to jail and we wouldn’t live in Haddonfield anymore”. I believed him. And so I lied to Dysfunctional Youth and Family Services when I was five, I never talked about it again. I suppressed it all. Until that one moment I cldnt keep it in anymore. I had to set myself free. I had to let go of the burden because I yearned to live my truth. And the truth, although there have been several bumps along the way, has set me free.
So after pursuing my dream in entertainment and quickly realizing that it wasn’t the right industry for me, I chose to become a live in nanny for a high profile family in Holmby Hills and pursue my passion in childcare. It was here that I had my ‘Oprah aha’ moment and decided to start an agency made up of college educated nannies– for education is truly what has always saved me. It is through my education that I gained the tools, the support system, therapy, and the network to be standing before you this evening. It is the reason we are here tonight. And I have to tell you planning this event was not easy as It makes me feel unbelievably vulnerable and raw to where I rather crawl into a hole or throw in the towel, but I force myself to remember the ‘Why.’ Why have I taken this on? Why am I working to raise money for this cause? Who is it for? And then I remember– it is for our children, our future leaders. It is for the little girl within me who once was silenced. It is for the woman I am today. It is for the little girls (and boys) out there, and perhaps for even the little girl within you…for whom I speak my truth. It’s for anyone too scared to ‘out’ their abuser. It is for anyone who thinks they’re worthless and or at fault. It’s for everyone suffering in silence…. I remember that it’s for all of us–a better, safer, LOUDER world. And so then I stand a little taller, hold my head a little higher, and keep on talking…
So, please help me keep the conversation going. Please help us raise funds for our online nanny training program so that nannies and childcare providers everywhere are certified in Child Sexual Abuse education, prevention and mitigation. And Let’s hope that by the next event, there won’t be yet another scandal.
LOVE YOU, THANK YOU !!!”
Please do what you can for our children 🙏🏻