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July 20: Wash Away the Wait List

Brave Step and River Church of Stanly County have teamed up to "wash away the wait list." We simply can’t keep pace with the growing demand for individual counseling that adult survivors and their loved ones deserve and need. With each car washed, we can chip away at...

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A Cup of Courage

A Cup of Courage is a time of courage and connection. It’s an opportunity to bravely discuss the impact sexual abuse and assault has in our lives as survivors, loved ones, community advocates and those simply wanting to learn more. Guest speakers and breakout sessions...

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Pour Your Story into a StoryBowl

Have you experienced sexual harassment, abuse or assault?If so, pour your story in a StoryBowlTM on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Myers Park Baptist Church. Brave Step has teamed up with artist Dana Endsley to give women who have experienced sexual...

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Meet Our New Volunteer Director

Please join us in welcoming Brave Step's new volunteer director, Heather Tucker.  “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve....

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Unbalanced Justice: Sexual Assault in NC | Huntersville forum

HOSTED BY CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS  The statewide investigative news nonprofit organization, Carolina Public Press, will hold a community Newmakers forum on women’s health and safety issues, with a focus on sexual assault in North Carolina, from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday,...

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Announcing the 2019 CULTIVATE Cohort

Brave Step is thrilled to share this exciting news from Next Stage Consulting.  Content taken from Next Stage Consulting Blog: Next Stage today announced the selection of six (6) nonprofits for participation in the 2019 cohort of CULTIVATE, an incubator designed to...

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Brave Step Celebrates Anniversary and Achievements

Brave Step Celebrates Anniversary and Achievements Local Non-Profit Group Finds Success with First Clinical Prototype CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2018) — For four years the non-profit organization Brave Step has served the Charlotte community, and on Wednesday evening,...

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Beasley Radio Showcases Coffee & Conversation

Brave Step Board Member Julie Moxley and Coffee & Conversation speaker Andrea Matthes, founder of I'mperfect Life, joined Francene Marie on Beasley Radio stations' Kiss 95.1, V101.9, WSOC-FM, WKQC-FM, WPEG-FM, WBCN-AM 94.7 SMOKE, and Kiss 95.1 HD2 to showcase...

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Survivor Blog: Crying is a Release

Crying is a Release By: Breannon Renee' My second brave step is to cry. It sounds obvious. When you are in pain, you'll cry, but so many people won't allow themselves to. It's okay to just take some time to think about everything and let that pain out. Crying allows...

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A Brave Step by Breannon Renee

A Brave Step is re-establishing your self-worth. This is very hard to do because some people don't remember their abuse fully until years later. People go through life for years lacking confidence but don't even know what's the root of their self-deprecation....

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2018 Coffee & Conversation

When women come together over coffee passions are ignited, friendships strengthened, silly laughter ensues, and life’s toughest challenges are tackled. Join us Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon for a time of sharing, discovery and fun as Brave Step hosts...

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WFAE: All Things Considered

Sexual Assault Survivors Often Face 'Harrowing' Decision: Who To Tell? Brave Step's Clinical Director Kim Dupuis joined WFAE's All Things Considered to tackle this tough topic. Listen to the full interview...

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WFAE “Charlotte Talks”

Brave Step had the distinct honor of joining several panelists for the Thursday, May 31 airing of Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins.   Charlotte Talks: 'She Says' Podcast Launch And Discussion About Sexual Assault Listen to the full interview...

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Beasley Radio Promotes Recycled Soles

The always-fun Francene Marie show welcomed Brave Step on the show to discuss its Recycled Soles campaign. The interview aired on Kiss 95.1, 101.9, 104.7, 103.7 and Power98.  https://soundcloud.com/francenemarie/donate-your-shoes-to-brave-step

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Stories & Improv Night

THE CHARLOTTE STORYTELLERS AND CATCH TEAM UP FOR A NIGHT OF PERSONAL STORIES AND IMPROV COMEDY, WITH PROCEEDS BENEFITTING BRAVE STEP AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE.   PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY AT HTTPS://CATCH.THEATER/IMPROV-SHOWS?EID=26535.

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Strength and Sistering Night

The term “sistering” is the process of attaching a healthy piece of wood to a weakened or damaged floor joist in order to restore strength and stability. Sistering is a powerful metaphor in that it points to the type of relationships that are possible between women...

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2017 #GivingTuesdayCLT

#GivingTuesdayCLT is Charlotte’s version of the global giving campaign.  Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesdayCLT is a day for our community - families, businesses, students and others - to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to...

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BEAUTY IN BROKENNESS: Brave Step steps up

On Sept. 19, Stanly News and Press reporter Shannon Beamon shared a beautiful recap of Brave Step's Coffee & Conversation event.  http://www.thesnaponline.com/news/beauty-in-brokenness-brave-step-steps-up/article_3e8a2012-9d47-11e7-85b9-33a15217deee.html

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Survivor Story: Adrienne’s Memory

On an early summer morning, I moved around our tiny ranch house in New Jersey getting ready for work. I’m not sure how old I was, maybe 13. My dad opened our family-owned deli at five and came back for me a few hours later. My mom, a nurse for the elderly, left early,...

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Coffee & Conversation

Coffee & Conversation – A Women’s Event Featuring Shari Braendel When women come together over coffee, passions are ignited, friendships strengthened, silly laughter ensues and life’s toughest challenges are tackled. Join us Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon...

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Q&A: New Clinical Director Kimberly Dupuis

Newbie alert! Please help us welcome Kimberly Dupuis as Brave Step’s new clinical director. Kim, an LPCS, brings more than 15 years of clinical and program experience to Brave Step, along with substantial knowledge in starting and running her current practice for the...

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Denial

David Wagner is living in denial. He survived childhood sexual abuse...at least he thought so. But like many survivors David is blind to the powerful effects still rippling in his adult life more than 30 years later. No one -- not his wife, his siblings, his...

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Vara’s Memory

Vara’s Memory Vara sits at a bench in the park with her long brown highlighted with blonde hair blowing swiftly from the heavy breeze. She starts to have flashbacks again of a distant memory. The memory was deeply buried but lately she’s consumed by it. She thinks...

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Kendra Gives Back

Kendra Scott is a brand and culture that authentically values giving back and making a positive difference in the community. Join Brave Step for an evening of shopping and fun as 20% of all proceeds benefit our mission to strengthen men and women impacted by sexual...

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Unsilencing the Abuse

On April 29, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office is hosting a community forum on sexual abuse and the impact it has on our community. Please join us for this exciting event. 

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Contract Clinical Director Position

Position: Clinical Director Status: Contract Position Timeline: Starting April 2017 Brave Step is seeking a contract clinical director to assist the nonprofit in its mission to strengthen men and women impacted by sexual abuse. The clinical director will be...

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Do good with #GivingTuesdayCLT

From Nov. 15-29, it's your opportunity to do good. Join #GivingTuesdayCLT to celebrate Brave Step along with more than 170 other local nonprofits and raise $8 million for our community! Here's how you can help: Make a gift of funds or goods to our men...

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Brave Step Visits Beasley Radio for Second Birthday

The talented and genuine Francene Marie Morris welcomed Brave Step Founder Crystal Emerick and LCSW Sarah DeMaison on the show to celebrate the nonprofit's second birthday and also to discuss what survivors face.  Don't miss this conversation! The interview aired...

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Charlotte Checkers Jan. 28, 2017

The Charlotte Checkers have given Brave Step a wonderful opportunity to share its mission and also raise funds in the process. For every $16 ticket sold, Brave Step receives $5. This is a great event for family, friends, colleagues, civic groups and more. Purchase...

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COURAGEOUS CORNER – NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

If you are a woman impacted by sexual abuse, Brave Step will host its next Courageous Corner meetings where you will be safe, understood and supported in your journey. This is a safe place where community and inspiration are guaranteed. Monday, Nov. 7 from 6-7 p.m....

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Survivor Blog: The V Word

The V-Word By: Courageous Yoga Chick Vulnerability Do you know what that word means? I'm not entirely sure I understood vulnerability until I began trauma work with my therapist when I was 27 years old. Vulnerability is when we expose ourselves, our inner-most...

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Survivor Blog

The easy question is where do I start? As Brave Step grows and creates a voice for itself, our team thought it was valuable to provide real-life; “straight from the horses” mouth commentary. So, it appears my blog is it for now. Abuse is no joke. It cripples you from...

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Survivor Blog: The Courage to Change the Things I Can

If you’re reading this and you don’t know what it is like to recount traumatic memories with a therapist, I’m here to tell you that it is super stressful. It’s stressful for so many reasons. In particular, talking to someone about your memories of childhood sexual...

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Powerless

Powerless By Sarah DeMaison It is difficult to focus these days. Whether it is social media, the television, radio or even…oh look, a squirrel!! Our minds race away or our minds don’t go anywhere and simply race in circles. Some days we just do not know if we are...

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Courageous Corner – August, September and October

If you are a woman impacted by sexual abuse, Brave Step will host its next Courageous Corner meetings where you will be safe, understood and supported in your journey. This is a safe place where community and inspiration are guaranteed. Monday, August 1 from 6-7 p.m....

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The Competition

The Competition By Sarah DeMaison Am I the only one who thinks “THERE IS NOT ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY”? It is almost like running a race. Who are we racing with? Who are we competing with? Maybe consider stopping and looking around to see who the “competition” is and...

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Charlotte Knights Community Corner

Brave Step will participate in the Charlotte Knights' Community Corner on Thursday, August 25. Stop by to say hello and enjoy the game. Address: 324 S. Mint Street, CharlotteTime: 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased...

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