“The healing journey for all survivors of rape and sexual assault varies. I am told the average time to heal once you admit a crime has been committed against you is five years. Survivors who have not addressed the effects of the attack and hold it within themselves, it may take longer. For many survivors healing is a life long journey because of the triggers that pop up throughout their life. Many lead successful lives in spite of it all. No matter where you are on your healing journey, we are here for you. You are not defined by what happened to you. We are here to help you move past the effects of rape into being the best you that you can. Be encouraged!”
Carolyn is an advocate for victims of sex crimes and domestic abuse who have been broken, battered, bruised and traumatized. Carolyn is the founding director of Silent Screams, Inc. a service for victims of sex crimes. As a multi assault survivor, she is personally aware of the many traumas of rape and sexual assault. Carolyn has a heart of passion and fire for those who have experienced the horrors of sexual assaults. After 35 years of freedom from assaults, she thought it was over. However, in 2008 Carolyn was assaulted by an elder of the church she attended. The elder had full blown AIDS. Carolyn reported the assault and the rapist is now serving prison time.
Carolyn has experienced multiple sexual traumas throughout her life. Believing it began at age two she experienced fears and depression most of her life. She knows what it’s like to be a silent survivor and why survivors choose to be silent. Carolyn also knows the difficulties and challenges a survivor faces when they choose not be silent. In October 2008 when she was raped by an elder of her church, she realized she could not be silent anymore. Carolyn pressed charges and a few years later she began speaking publicly against sex crimes.
In September of 2013 Carolyn registered Silent Screams Inc. as a 501c3 organization. The mission of Silent Screams Inc. is to embrace, encourage, empower and inform survivors of sexual assaults. Silent Screams services survivors through informing, educating and engaging the community, therefore, improving the life of the community. Through our website, we reach thousands of survivors. Silent Screams has a virtual network of professionals, support groups, and advocates ready to assist survivors walk the journey to recovery and victory. We reach hundreds of survivors through our local events such as our signature women’s event in July, our men’s workshop in May of each year and facilitating and speaking to local groups.
Carolyn is the vice-chair of the Crime Victims Council of Dallas County (CVCDC), member of Dallas County Sexual Assault Coalition (DCSAC) and TAASA (Texas Association Against Sexual Assault). She stays current on information and news concerning sex crimes by attending workshops and trainings.
Currently, Carolyn is a volunteer speaker for the Dallas County Juvenile Department and a volunteer group facilitator at Hope Mansion in Cedar Hill, Texas. In the past, Carolyn was a volunteer at Trauma Support Services of North Texas (TSSNT) as the speaker’s bureau coordinator. Carolyn is a supporter various advocacy organizations, including Hope Mansion, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and Arise Int’l Inc. Carolyn has been a guest speaker for organizations such as Trauma Support Services of North Texas (TSSNT), Crime Victims Council of Dallas Council (CVCDC), Crime Victims Council of Fort Worth, S.A.V.E. (Celebrate the Release), KTXD.TX and a panelist on various survivor panels. She is the keynote speaker for Silent Screams Inc. signature event, “Celebrate Life, Afternoon Delight”. Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Carolyn moved to north Texas in 1984.