Speaking Out - The Stacey Lannert Story
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Valencia Community College’s Student Development would like to personally thank Stacey Lannert for presenting at our West campus last Thursday, April 15th. Stacey along with her mother arrived an hour early to prep and introduce themselves to myself and my student leaders. She was friendly and fun, with a big personality that made her so easy to talk to.

We had advertised 3 weeks prior to her presentation, and because it was not a mandatory admission were grateful to see an almost full auditorium. Orange County Rape Services along with our Peer Educators attended and set up a table for additional information on Sexual Assault and Rape violence. The turnout was large and receptive to her story and her message.

Stacey spoke for a full hour, and was kind enough to talk an extra 15 minutes at the end, to make sure she answered every question asked, she did not turn a single questions away. After her presentation, she welcomed the long line of students who wanted to talk privately with her and shake her hand. Although her presentation was scheduled for 1 full hour, she was talking with students for an hour and a half. This was so appreciated.

Myself, along with Valencia’s Student Development Coordinator, Victor Collazo, would like to ask Stacey back to, not only our campus next year, but to all four of our Valencia campuses. we are blessed to have met her, and wish her success in her life.

Warm Regards,
Becca Shevlin

Rebecca Shevlin
Valencia Volunteers Coordinator
RShevlin@valenciacc.edu
407-582-5567
- Valencia Community College - Becca Shelvin


I just sent the report card to Campus Activities Magazine. Stacey's show was absolutely amazing! We had over 160 people in attendance and she was VERY well received. Not only was her story extremely touching, but she was an absolute pleasure to work with! - St Charles Community College - Mandi Smith


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Strong, hopeful and charismatic, Stacey Lannert doesn't just speak about overcoming childhood sexual abuse. She connects with her audience. Viewers feel her pain and, most importantly, her triumph. Stacey was recently released from prison where she served 18 years for fatally shooting the man who raped her from ages 8 through 18. That man was her father. Stacey never lost her ability to love life and learn from it even though she was sentenced to life without parole. The governor granted her clemency in 2009, and within 6 days, she walked out of the prison gates. Stacey had been granted her physical freedom; it was the ultimate act of forgiveness.

Though locked up, Stacey was already emotionally free. Through the power of love and forgiveness, she created a meaningful life for herself from behind bars. She helped trouble teens find strength to tell their stories of abuse through a program called Outreach. She even helped two of them prosecute their abusers. Stacey also trained therapy dogs for handicapped people through the non-profit organization called C.H.A.M.P.S. While she was making the world a better place, she was also focused on forgiving.

Filled with compassion, hope, humility, and even wit, Stacey's thought-provoking messages serve many purposes. Her topics of discussion include: How to spot sexual and emotional abuse and what to do about it; The importance of speaking up, telling the truth and never being ashamed of who you are; The power of hope, forgiveness and helping others; And the legal system that can still be antiquated in how it deals with sexual abuse and women. What can we do to improve our lives and help others?

In May 2009, Stacey brought her message of strength, hopefulness and inspiration to 40 million people when she spoke for 30 minutes on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Stacey has also appeared on Nancy Grace, 20/20, Larry King Live, Montel Williams and many other programs. She has created a popular, active non-profit organization and website called HealingSisters.org with a message to help other victims however she can. Stacey can share her story. She doesn't believe that any of us are victims no matter what we've been through. As we work on ourselves and work to heal the world, we all become victors.

“I want to help end sexual abuse in America by putting a voice to it, helping other women find their voice, talking about what happened to me, and making it okay for others to talk about what happened to them. . . . . Hopefully we can make a change.” Stacey Lannert on the Oprah Winfrey Show, May 2009

Conferences:
2012 NACA Mid-America Lecture Alternate
2012 NACA Central Lecture Alternate
2011 NACA Northern Plains Lecture Showcase
2011 NACA National Lecture Showcase
2010 APCA Nationals Lecture Showcase
2010 NACA Mid Atlantic Lecture Showcase
2010 NACA Northern Plains Lecture Showcase Alternate