Julie Valentine Center Holds Annual Luncheon

The Julie Valentine Center will hold its annual luncheon Thursday at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.

This year the luncheon will focus more on adult sexual assault rather than child sexual assault like it has in the past.

The non profit provides free and confidential services to survivors of sexual assault and their families.

All proceeds from the luncheon will go toward services and resources for survivors.

This year the speaker is originally from Norway.

Monika Koller came from Norway to Texas to go to college on a running scholarship and was kidnapped and raped her sophomore year.

She described her recovery process and said reaching out to others for help was how she was able to move forward.

Last year proceeds from the luncheon helped serve more than 2600 people and provided educational information to more than 15,000 people.

Leaders at the center were able to accompany more than 130 people to the Emergency Room for support.

Executive Director Shauna Galloway Williams said the center also helps with forensic interviews and medical exams.

Williams said the number of people the help continues to grow but that could be because more people are aware of their services.

You can find more information about Monika Korea at her website.

monikakorra.org

She wrote a book called “Kill the Silence”

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