Speaking Out

Over the past year I have given many speeches.  Universities, High schools, Middle Schools,  Girl Scout Troops, Hospitals, Med Schools, some nationally and one at the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.

A few years ago Barbara, the Juvenile Hall speaker coordinator, contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in speaking to the boys.  At first I was a little nervous, but it was one of the most meaning fun speeches I have given. For the most part I say the same thing I said in every speech, but this time was different.

At the end of the speech each of the boys came up and said thank you and I felt like they really understood my speech.  The best way to describe their reactions is with the thank you notes that I got in the mail a few weeks later.

One of the notes that stands out from the others:

“Sarah, I appreciate your speech.  I learned that girls have feelings too and that you should treat them with respect.” – Marcus

Each time I speak it always feels good to know I made a difference in at least one person’s life.

Dr. Phil, let’s work together to End the Silence on Domestic Violence.

The Teen Dating Violence Helpline 1 (866) 331-9474

Relationship Violence. Break the Silence. Be Part of the Solution.
You Can Make a Difference, You Can Save Lives.
-Sarah

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7 Responses to Speaking Out

  1. You have done an amazing job of utilizing this blog as a resource and tool to benefit such a great cause. When it comes to raising awareness I believe hearing personal experiences is the most effective. In today’s world we are bombarded with information, but I can see this cause rising above others. I feel I have made a connection with the cause and am now personally invested. WHEN (not if) you do get on the Dr. Phil show I can’t imagine the viewer feedback you will receive. Thank you for helping to make a difference.

  2. jessiemcdaniel says:

    It is great that you have a personal experience of helping others to share. The note from that boy just goes to show, like you said, that even making a difference in one life is important. The hotline information you gave is so important as well. I wish more people would go out into the world to try to make a difference like you are.

  3. Sarah, you honestly are an amazing individiual. This is so incredible! I cannot believe you shared your story in front all of these young gentlemen. You are a strong voice and it gets stronger everytime you tell your story! This is so inspiring, and I hope you continue to tell your story making a difference with each time you tell it.

  4. It’s so amazing that not only are you speaking out for girls, but someone recognized that girls should not be the only ones to hear the message. I love that the boys sent you cards and the one quote really shows that they were impacted by your message. Your blog is extremely credible because you are so passionate about the topic and you have such a personal connection to it.

  5. chaseparlee says:

    You can really see how passionate you are about this topic through your blog. Its really cool you’ve spoken to so many schools. This is a great cause and I’m sure you’ll get on Dr. Phil.

    Good luck

  6. huntajames says:

    This blog is awesome because it’s so straightforward. Your passion really comes across through your posts. I’m confident that if enough people see your blog you’ll get on the show. You should try submitting your blog to some web directories to increase the traffic.

  7. freetobefree says:

    What an amazing cause you are fighting for and what an amazing outreach you are doing. It is neat to see one of my peers be this involved. Very neat! I hope to see you on Dr. Phil soon. You aren’t just sitting around and waiting for that, you are actively practicing and eventually you’ll get your chance to make the difference you want – and are already making. It was awesome to hear that boys thank you note! I think we all are saying the same thing to you.

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