Survivor Leader, Founder & Executive Director
Shining Light in Darkness
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Beginning at the innocent age of seven, Florida experienced an extremely traumatic life-altering event. Fast forward into her twenties, she experienced date rape, and into her thirties, domestic violence, intimate partner rape and near-death experience. Unfortunately, her hardships and traumatizing life events included multiple episodes of physical, sexual, and mental abuse by family members and from those whom she thought she could trust. When she attempted to tell individuals, no one listened, her voice was not heard. She persevered and overcame the evil that tried to engulf her.
Through her experiences, Shining Light In Darkness was founded and incorporated in 2014. Florida is the Founder and Executive Director, for Shining Light In Darkness, which addresses sexual assault and domestic violence, rape, molestation and teenage dating/domestic violence. Her professional experiences include over 15 years working in law enforcement, healthcare, accounting, education and advocating for victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. She has dedicated her time and energy in the service of helping others.
Being a survivor, she is utilizing her personal and professional experience to make a great impact in the world to see a world free of sexual assault and domestic violence. She is no longer silent, she now stands up and speaks out “BOLDLY” against sexual assault and domestic violence for those denied their own voice. Shining Light in Darkness is a beacon of hope for victims, survivors, and their families and friends. It is her heart felt desire to see others using their voices by refusing to be silent about the hidden, blocked, and buried horrors they have endured. It all starts with a voice. Some have been silent so long, they do not believe or even know that do have a voice. The voice that was once silenced now speaks freely and openly from the deepest pain and hurt to being healed, finding freedom and hope.
We will continue to “extend our hand to raise voices against sexual assault and domestic violence”.