John has held a variety of leadership positions in information technology for the past 20 years, and, prior to that, he taught philosophy at the University level. John is currently Deputy CIO at Emory University.
John has lived in the Atlanta area for the last 15 years and has long been disturbed by Atlanta’s status as a sex trafficking hub. “So, when Dawn approached me about helping her help others who have been subjected to sexual abuse, I readily accepted. With Dawn’s energy and commitment, I’m confident that the lives of many will be improved.”
John received his PhD in Philosophy from King’s College London and a BA in Philosophy & Greek from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He grew up in North Carolina, mostly in the Wilmington area, but spends a lot of his leisure time these days in the NC mountains. John enjoys fly-fishing and CrossFit.
Anthony is married and a father of three, two daughters and a son.Tony is a wonderful I addition to this organization. He loves mentoring our youth and being a positive light for our young men, including his own son.
"I have been a listening ear to many courageous female friends who chose to share their experiences with me, as well as witnessed my own mother’s physical and mental abuse. I’ve always wanted to do more to help our wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, friends and co-workers. My background includes working in accounts payable and finance and holding this position within other organizations. I look forward to serving as the treasurer for My Sister’s Keepers of Atlanta"
Sebreana Echols is an administrative professional with over 30-years’ experience helping executives meet their objectives and exceed goals in the non-profit and corporate arenas. She has held executive administrative and coordinator positions at Bank of America, Arthur Andersen, LLP and presently, Emory University. She is a life-long learner and is currently studying marketing and managerial science at Georgia State University.
A native Atlantan, Sebreana has witnessed the city “too busy to hate” transform and grow into a diverse, international mecca. Troubled by her hometown’s negative media attention regarding human trafficking and sex crimes on local college campuses, she wanted to find a way to serve in bringing awareness, as well as, provide support to the victims of these and other atrocities.
She was surprised by the statistics that were raised during an event sponsored by My Sister’s Keepers Atlanta and immediately wanted to become a part of this dynamic team. “I think we all have a story or know someone who has been affected in some way – we just need shelter among compassionate people to begin the conversation and to heal.”
We use the following methods of raising awareness: Social Media Platforms, HerStory support group meetings, Peaceful Marches, interviews, blogs, and community engagement just to name a few.
According to RAINN.com it's reported that 1 in 4 girls are sexually assaulted before the age of 18. The numbers are far greater because of the unreported cases. In most instances, victims are reluctant to disclose the assault because of various reasons: embarrassment, loneliness, their voices won't be heard and no place to go.
Here are a few tips
It's imperative to recognize the signs when someone is being sexually abused.
If someone is favoring one child over others
Don't be afraid to ask questions
Recruit the help of others
Be an active watcher, listener and doer
Report it to the authorities
Take action, if you see something, do something. If you hear something, do something. If you know something, do something. No matter what you do, just DO SOMETHING!
We all have a responsibility to be activists against this epidemic which plagues our society.
Are you ready to step up and become a change agent?