Sexual Assault Awareness Month will feature the Sole Survivor; Speaks to female veterans in North Carolina

Sexual Assault Awareness Month will feature the Sole Survivor; Speaks to female veterans in North Carolina

Conversations with the Sole Survivor to be featured by female Veterans group for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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March 22, 2018
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(Jacksonville, North Carolina) — About one in five women have told their VA health care provider that they experienced sexual trauma in the military. This statistic is found in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Women Veterans Healthcare. On April 11, 2018, Sexual Assault Spokesperson, Author of Sole Survivor, Co-Founder of Holly’s House and inspiration speaker, Holly K. Dunn will speak to female veterans about her personal journey of PTSD and trauma sustained from her attack in 1997 by the infamous Railroad Killer.
Dunn will be featured in Eastern North Carolina by The Pamlico Rose Institute, Ruth’s House, Open Door Community Center and the Arts of the Pamlico for an evening of conversation about PTSD and the effects of sexual assault. We all have a story, my story gives them a sense of inspiration, and there is life after…we need to remember our women veterans.” said Holly K. Dunn

Dunn concluded..”As our nation remembers the victims of sexual assault this April 2018 for Sexual Assualt Awareness Month, I am asking our communities, our neighbors, our families, our leaders at the federal, state and local level to recognize the killer next door, sexual assault trauma. This epidemic affects our nation’s service members at a greater level that we can’t even fathom. Let us use our voices to heal the deafening sound of the invisible wounds of sexual assault.”

Dunn’s story has been featured by CBS 48 Hours. The episode also highlighted book excerpts from Sole Survivor including Holly’s family members and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority Sisters who were involved during those days. More information can be found at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/48-hours-live-to-tell-the-railroad-killer.

About Holly K. Dunn:

Holly Dunn Pendleton is a survivor, a motivator, and a tribute to the human spirit! The victim of a violent physical and sexual assault and witness to her boyfriend’s murder, Holly has become a beacon of hope and inspiration to many.

Miraculously living to tell her story, Holly motivates others to reclaim their lives after the assault and to help her community build a network of healing and outreach. Holly’s passion to advocate for other victims of violence is extraordinary, and it is this passion that has allowed her and organizations that she is a part of to reach so many people.

Holly’s work includes being the spokesperson for Holly’s House a local sexual abuse and domestic violence advocacy center which she co-founded in her hometown of Evansville, IN. That passion later evolved into her current full-time work as a motivational speaker and trainer, using her own experience and uplifting message to inspire and enlighten.

Women Of Influence Making History

Women Of Influence Making History

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
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(Washington, D.C.) Women of Influence are making history this spring 2018. These women are also pleased to celebrate Women’s History Month highlighting the work of many fearless women who made the pathway in our nation and around the world. Eden Gordon Media presents the Women of Influence speaker series for Spring 2018. The Women of Influence speakers are featured authors, entrepreneurs, survivors, and founders of organizations that pave the way for the next generation. These women come from California, Oregon, Indiana, and Florida, and have influenced our society with their vision to empower women and our culture.

Women of Influence from California, Linda Breitman – Empowering Women
Fulfill Everything God has Called You to Do!  “If I could crawl inside your mind for 24 hours would I have a good day?” 80% of Christians wrestle with negative mindsets. The war between your ears affects everything you do—from personal relationships to succeed in business. As a woman of faith, Linda Breitman is an ordained minister, author, and inspirational speaker. Her latest identity curriculum, The Real You – Believing Your True Identity which includes a book, workbook, and video set, inspires people to align their thoughts with heaven and see themselves through God’s eyes.
Women of Influence from Oregon, Andi Buerger – Ending Homelessness for At-Risk Teens
“When we allow our children to be sold, to be used as a commodity, to be violated, persecuted, neglected, discarded, and preyed upon by criminal influences, we deteriorate as a civilized community because there is nothing civilized about using the weak, the innocent, the vulnerable for selfish gain.  I’m living – and leaving – a positive legacy that can  be adapted on any scale for the purpose of saving the future of our country, and that future is our youth.” Andi Buerger is an international speaker, corporate trainer, educator, business owner, writer, media talent, public relations and marketing consultant, nonprofit executive, and community ambassador. Andi is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Beulah’s Place, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing temporary shelter services to at-risk homeless teen boys and girls. She is in the process of locating a permanent facility in which to rescue and house more at-risk teens.
  • April 2018 – Annual Ladies Tea, New Creation Life Center, Redmond, Oregon
  • May 2018 – National Day of Prayer Community Church, Redmond, Oregon
Women of Influence from Indiana, Holly K. Dunn – She’s Fearless
“America’s backyard has been the playground for perpetrators to abuse and assault women and children. I am sickened by the constant news headlines that fill our local and national news with the sexual abuse that takes place in our society.” Holly’s work includes being the spokesperson for Holly’s House a local sexual abuse and domestic violence advocacy center which she co-founded in her hometown of Evansville, IN. That passion later evolved into her current full-time work as a motivational speaker and trainer, using her own experience and uplifting message to inspire and enlighten.
  • March 2018 – Penn State University
  • April 2018 – The Pamlico Rose Institute, Female Veterans, Washington, North Carolina
  • May 2018 – The Junior League of Richmond, Book and Author Event, Richmond Virginia
Women of Influence from Florida, Michele Rigby Assad – Breaking Barriers for Women in National Security
“Was it hard to be a CIA officer with all of the challenges that entailed? Yes. Scary? Of course. But if I was going to fulfill my life mission, I had to conquer my instinctual tendency to freeze in place. Fear would get me nowhere. Faith, however, would take me to places I never imagined.” Michele Rigby Assad began her career in the government relations department of an international relief and development organization in Washington, DC, in 1995. She joined the CIA in January 2002 to work as an intelligence officer in the Directorate of Operations, the covert arm of the agency. Specializing in counterterrorism and counterintelligence issues, Michele worked in several hot spots, including Iraq during the height of the war. To date, Michele has lived in six countries in the Near East region and traveled to more than forty-five others.

May 2018 – Park Road Books, Charlotte, North Carolina
June 2018 – The New York Women’s Club, New York, NY
July 2018 – The Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

For scheduled speaking engagements, media interviews and book signings, please contact Eden Gordon Media: hello@edengordonmedia.com.

C-SPAN2 Book TV to Air Counterterrorism Story in New Best Seller “Breaking Cover” with Author Michele Rigby Assad

C-SPAN2 Book TV to Air Counterterrorism Story in New Best Seller “Breaking Cover” with Author Michele Rigby Assad

C-SPAN2 Book TV to Air Counterterrorism Story in New Best Seller “Breaking Cover” with Author Michele Rigby Assad

This Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 6:30 PM, C-SPAN2 Book TV will air the book launch of “Breaking Cover” by author Michele Rigby Assad and published by Tyndale House. The book launch event was hosted by the International SPY Museum in Washington, D.C. in February 2018. Breaking Cover is a best seller for Assad and will be on a speaking tour across the nation beginning in March through the end of 2018.

Assad’s speaking tour highlights upcoming features including the Palm Beach Atlantic University The LeMieux Center for Public Policy, SoHo House, The Villages Barnes and Noble, Virginia Commonwealth University, Smithsonian, the New York City Women’s Club, Google, and many other features.

About Michele:
Michele Rigby Assad joined the CIA in January 2002 and spent a decade working as an undercover intelligence officer in the Directorate of Operations. Specializing in counterterrorism and counterintelligence, Michele worked in several hot spots, including Iraq at the height of the war. To date, Michele has lived in six countries and traveled to more than forty others.

Michele is an author, public speaker, trainer, and security consultant focused on the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa. She holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a political science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Her forthcoming book Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For, will be available February 2018. She and her husband, Joseph, live in Florida.

BOOK REVIEWS

Do You Have What it Takes to be Secret Agent? Stayed on the edge of my seat reading this thought-provoking, insightful book! I laughed, I cried, I cringed. Michele shared personal stories and experiences that shaped and molded her to be at the top of her game as a CIA agent. By giving readers an insightful view into the world of espionage, Michele has torn away from the glamorous lifestyle that is often purported by Hollywood. If anything, Breaking Cover may inspire readers to see if they have what it takes to be a covert agent!

Like most readers, Michele often doubted if she was doing the right thing or even the right person for the job. She was faced with a steady wall of challenges simply for being an American, a female, and a Christian. With God’s grace, she was able to endure and overcome each of those challenges and many more. Her faith is refreshing to see. I look forward to seeing more from this inspiring author!

Captivating and Inspiring! Incredibly refreshing and inspiring book. It honors those who serve a noble cause, and acknowledges human frailty and inspire courage to stand up and do things you thought were impossible. As someone who served in the government, I think this book will also shed light on the unsung heroes that continue to serve and provide security for the homeland and elsewhere around the world. Even if you’re not an avid reader, you will have a hard time putting this book down as it is riveting and tells true stories that will make you want to “get off the X” and do more using the natural gifts we are all born with.

Working to make all things good despite how hard the enemy is working Michele Rigby Assad’s book, Breaking Cover, is a can’t put down read. She tells her story of her life in the CIA in a way that grips your interest and keeps you reading page after page. Her account of the adventures that take place overseas will open your eyes to the life of sacrifice and service that we often don’t think about and definitely don’t understand. Michele adds in doses of humor along the way, in the midst of tales that will leave you in disbelief of all that she encountered.

While the accounts of adventure and struggle are plentiful, it’s the thread of a faithful trust in God that is inspiring. In her book, Asaad writes, “In the meantime, I trusted that God had a plan – he always does. It might not be as clear as day, but it’s always there, preparing us for what’s to come.” There are lessons throughout Breaking Cover that remind me that God is in fact always there, always working, and always looking ahead. Many of her recounts show that while there is tragedy and evil in this world, there is also God, working to make all things good despite how hard the enemy is working.