Report IT!

Friday, January 18, 2008

History of the Report IT campaign

Film-maker turned activist Angela Shelton and author/judicial activist Wendy Murphy joined PAVE’s Executive Director Angela Rose for this groundbreaking effort. These three leaders in the national movement to shatter the silence of sexual violence are working with organizations across the country for this unprecedented campaign. Each of these women has a personal connection to the issue and a passion for creating social change.

Angela Shelton
Wendy Murphy
Angela Rose

In Angela Shelton’s award-winning documentary “Searching for Angela Shelton”, she surveyed women in the US with her same name. As she began interviewing other Angela Sheltons, she found that 70% had been victims of rape, childhood sexual assault and/or domestic violence. Shelton’s latest endeavor is a book, Finding Angela Shelton, which will be in stores on April 1st, 2008 through the Meredith Publishing Company. The book tells about how Angela was faced with her past, how she dealt with it and coped, and how she healed.

Wendy Murphy is the founder and director of the Victim Advocacy and Research Group, she is associate editor of the Sexual Assault Report and the author of numerous articles and opinion pieces on the criminal justice system, sexual violence, child abuse, and related legal topics. She was a principal performer on the nationally syndicated television show, "Power of Attorney," and has served as a legal analyst on NBC, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Court TV, "Dateline," "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," and NPR's "The Connection." Murphy’s first book, And Just for Some, hit bookstores in 2007.

Angela Rose was catapulted into activism as a teenager. Rose was kidnapped in broad daylight from a shopping mall at the age of seventeen. The night she reported the crime to the police, she was shocked when the detective accused her of making the story up. After fighting for new detectives to believe her story, they caught the perpetrator who was a repeat sex offender who was on parole for murder. In response to her abduction and sexual assault, Angela Rose turned a suburban community into a group of proactive citizens. Working with others attacked by her perpetrator, Angela spearheaded the movement culminating with the passage of the 1998 Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act in Illinois. She went on to create the national nonprofit PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment.