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Better Money Habits

Better Money Habits

Better Money HabitsBrave Step has partnered with Bank of America to present their Better Money Habits training to our Brave Step community to help empower you to reach your financial goals! Based on the responses from our survey, topics will include Retirement,...

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The Inspiring Janet Ganoung Shares on the Francene Marie Show

The Inspiring Janet Ganoung Shares on the Francene Marie Show

The Francene Marie Show caught up with Janet Ganoung, one of Charlotte, North Carolinas volunteer favorites. So many years have come and gone, but her admiration for one of our most treasured non-profits, BRAVE STEP. still remains. We are so grateful for Francene and...

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2021 Peer Leader Training

2021 Peer Leader Training

Are you a survivor of sexual violence who wants to help others? Join us Aug. 21 to explore what a peer leader is and discuss best practices.

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July 15: Calling all Loved Ones of a Survivor

July 15: Calling all Loved Ones of a Survivor

Join Us July 15 at 6 p.m.Are you the loved one of a sexual violence survivor? Join us July 15 from 6-8 p.m. to learn about the impact of sexual violence, your role as an ally, and a new program to effectively arm you with knowledge and skills, and find support from...

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Holding Space with Jennifer Dean, MACP, LCMHC-S

Holding Space with Jennifer Dean, MACP, LCMHC-S

Changemaker Training: "Holding Space" with Jennifer Dean, MACP, LCMHC-SJune 7 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET  Virtual Training  The term “holding space” is tossed around quite frequently, and yet to be quite honest, do you know what it means? On June 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.,...

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HRV Training for Survivors

HRV Training for Survivors

HRV TrainingSign up to participate in a 6 week small group Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback Training with Carolinas Biofeedback Clinic. Biofeedback uses science to teach the art of human self-regulation. In Person: Saturdays May 15-June 19 10:15am-11:15amIf...

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Gentle and Restorative Yoga

Gentle and Restorative Yoga

Gentle and Restorative Yoga In-person AND live streaming (virtual) Sundays May 23-June 27 3:30-4:30pm ESTJoin Katie Overcash, LCSW, LISW-CP, RYT-200 for a 6-week Brave Step exclusive Yoga program.  Each class is designed with sensitivity to trauma as well as...

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Dr. Erin DiCesare Joins Francene Marie Show

Dr. Erin DiCesare Joins Francene Marie Show

New Interview! Beasley Media Group Brave Step Board Member Dr. Erin DiCesare joins the Francene Marie Show on Beasley Media Group to discuss Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Brave Step's new Changemaker program. 

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Brave Step Virtual Walk/Run presented by Uwharrie Bank

Brave Step Virtual Walk/Run presented by Uwharrie Bank

Brave Step Virtual Walk/Run presented by Uwharrie Bank May 17-23, 2021, Participate from any locationSexual violence impacts us all. The pain is often reflected in the faces of the people you see every day at your job, in the community, and even within your family....

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Moments of Truth and Beauty

Moments of Truth and Beauty

Join Local Artist Lynne Dulken and Brave Step June 4 at Nature's Spa and Wellness Approximately 50 original pieces along with fine art giclees on canvas and hand-signed cards  are for sale and currently on display at Nature's Spa and Wellness. On June 4 from 7-10...

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Changemaker Videos Showcase New Program

Changemaker Videos Showcase New Program

Changemaker Videos On March 31, Brave Step's leadership unveiled its newest program, Changemaker. The Changemaker program gives participants the tools they need to support one another and help prevent future sexual violence. Changemakers will access carefully-vetted...

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Shake Off the Shame

Shake Off the Shame

Shame ... Do you sometimes still wonder if the abuse was your fault? Do you find yourself constantly revisiting the past and try to figure out what you did or said that may have “caused” the abuse? Do you wrestle day after day with thoughts like, “I’m worthless,...

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SoulCollage: Awakening Artwork

SoulCollage: Awakening Artwork

SoulCollage: Awakening Artwork Join us in a peer-led SoulCollage workshop. This is a great opportunity for survivors to get creative while reflecting on your life and your future self in a safe space among other survivors. Date & Time Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:30...

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Welcome Emily Wetsel & Kenneth Cooper

Welcome Emily Wetsel & Kenneth Cooper

Brave Step is pleased to welcome two new board members to its board of directors. Emily Wetsel Emily Wetsel, CPA, is a Signing Director with CLA, specializing in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and other related consulting services.  Kenneth Cooper Kenneth Cooper,...

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New Program to be Unveiled March 30

New Program to be Unveiled March 30

Please join Brave Step to unveil a new program and hear from guest speaker Ramona Holloway. Be the first to experience the new program that gives participants the tools they need to support one another and help prevent future sexual violence.Special Guest: Ramona...

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“Brave Mom” Writing Workshop

“Brave Mom” Writing Workshop

Brave Mom 5-Session Writing Workshop with Maureen Griffin Are you a mom and a survivor of sexual violence?  Brave Step has partnered with Maureen Griffin of WordPlay (www.wordplaynow.com) to provide a 5-session weekly workshop to help Brave Moms use writing as a...

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Welcome to the Board, Darrell Fincher

Welcome to the Board, Darrell Fincher

Please join us in welcoming, Darrell Fincher, to Brave Step's board of directors.  Biography Darrell Fincher is a Human Resources Business Partner Leader at Wells Fargo. He is responsible for leading a team of geographically dispersed human resource professionals who...

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Music Therapy Group

Music Therapy Group

Music Therapy Group  Brave Step is partnering with Piedmont Music Therapy to offer an 8-session, in-person, music therapy series! This series will explore self-care, emotions and creative outlets while providing space for music listening, relaxation exercises,...

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QPR Training May 13 at 6:30 p.m. ET

QPR Training May 13 at 6:30 p.m. ET

The QPR Institute created the QPR training module. The Institute's mission is to "save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training." QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps...

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“Brave Mom” Programming Announced for 2021

“Brave Mom” Programming Announced for 2021

Brave Mom: Empowering mothers impacted by sexual violence. Are you a mom and a survivor of sexual violence, and are you looking to learn more about parenting after trauma or parenting with PTSD?  Brave Step welcomes you to explore this new programming announced for...

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Brave Step Holiday Giving Guide

Brave Step Holiday Giving Guide

Brave Step Holiday Giving Guide This holiday season, join us in supporting the local businesses who support our mission. This holiday season, test drive and purchase a Volvo from University Volvo. University Volvo has been a supporter of Brave Step since 2018, and we...

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Healing Charlotte Podcast

Healing Charlotte Podcast

Brave Step Founder Featured on Healing Charlotte Podcast In this episode, Healing Charlotte Podcast producer Katie Overcash interviews Crystal Emerick, the founder and Executive Director of Brave Step, a non-profit that focuses on supporting those affected by sexual...

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Calling All Artists

Calling All Artists

brave step Calling all artists Davidson giving tree 2020Celebrating Survivors Through Art! We are calling all artists to create work celebrating survivors who have helped expand, progress and deepen the public understanding and education around sexual violence through...

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October Program Offerings

October Program Offerings

October Program Offerings.For adult survivors of sexual violence, Brave Step is proud to offer the following services in October. Please note, these are in addition to ongoing individual counseling and peer-led support groups.Virtual Cooking Class Are you interested...

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Building Positive Habits of Self-Care

Building Positive Habits of Self-Care

Building Positive Habits of Self-Care A 6-week training course is now available for Brave Step clients.  The course will  guide you to build positive habits of self-care. Together, we will walk through the means of self-empowerment; while learning several mental...

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Brave Step Welcomes Two New Board Members

Brave Step Welcomes Two New Board Members

Brave Step Announces Two New Board Members Please join us in welcoming Dr. Erin DiCesare and Courtney Lawrence to Brave Step's board of directors.    Dr. Erin DiCesare, Johnson C. Smith University Courtney Lawrence, MSW, LCSW Mecklenburg County Community Support...

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A “Virtual” Cup of Courage

A “Virtual” Cup of Courage

A time of courage and connection for women. Come and 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.

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Shop for Good July 12-19

Shop for Good July 12-19

  SHARE Charlotte's Shop for GOOD week provides a safe and easy way for the community to buy items that help Brave Step fulfill its mission.Many of the items requested on Brave Step's Wish List offer comfort, an outlet from the pain, and serve as a reminder that...

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Safe Child Act of 2020

The Safe Child Act allows any survivor of child sexual abuse whose claim would have been barred under the prior statute of limitations to sue those responsible, regardless of when the abuse occurred. Adults who were abused many years ago may now be able to assert...

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Brave Step welcomes Dr. Princess Cullum to Board of Directors

Brave Step welcomes Dr. Princess Cullum to Board of Directors

Brave Step welcomes Dr. Princess Cullum to Board of Directors Brave Step is delighted to announce Dr. Princess Cullum, a leader in human resource development, has joined our Board of Directors.  Dr. Cullum brings more than 15 years of experience in investment banking...

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A note from Board President Caleb Holloway

A note from Board President Caleb Holloway

From the desk of our Board PresidentDear Brave Step Community, Thank you. What you’ve done is incredible. You’ve made your way to this mailing list, and you’ve opened this letter. You’ve listened to someone tell their story, believed them, and affirmed them. You’ve...

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I Ask for Consent

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to become informed, educated and activated. These materials were provided courtesy of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. 

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Celebrate mom with candles for Mother’s Day

Celebrate mom with candles for Mother’s Day

Birdie Candle CompanyA portion of proceeds from each sale benefit Brave StepMother’s Day is right around the corner, and we have just the gift for the favorite women in your life.Missing your mom this Mother’s Day? Are you looking for a great gift to brighten her...

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Virtual Opportunities for April 2020

Virtual Opportunities for April 2020

April ActivitiesTo continue its mission of empowering adults impacted by sexual violence, Brave Step has numerous opportunities in April to help us stay connected through these days of social distancing and self-isolation. Please remember to be gentle and extra...

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Shedding the Darkness

Shedding the Darkness

I was first molested by my uncle, whom I adored, when I was 12 yrs old. As it turns out, he had groomed me for those 12 years, making me feel as though I was the most special person in the world. He made me the apple of his eye, and I became ripe for his picking.

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Little Me

Little Me

Hello, little one. It’s me; the bigger you. We live our lives still like one. You lived through the horrors, and I live with the memories of the past. 

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Peer Leader Training for Sexual Violence

Peer Leader Training for Sexual Violence

Register today for a training that will effectively train peer volunteers and mental health professionals serving those impacted by sexual violence in techniques for leading in a group support setting.

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The Little Girl in the Picture

The Little Girl in the Picture

The Little Girl in the Picture             Have you ever had that one picture of yourself that you say, “Who is this?” You just stare at it, and it calls your soul. It is like it is telling you to search deep within yourself and remember. How far back can you remember...

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VDAY Charlotte 2020: The Vagina Monologues

VDAY Charlotte 2020: The Vagina Monologues

An Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone, "The Vagina Monologues" introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of...

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Brave Step Announces New Case Manager

Brave Step Announces New Case Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Media Contact: Emily Harris emily@bravestep.org (704) 989-0034  BRAVE STEP ANNOUNCES NEW CASE MANAGER CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 15, 2020) – Brave Step is delighted to announce Yenting Liu, LCSW, as our new case manager. Liu brings a professional...

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Welcome, Emily Harris.

Welcome, Emily Harris.

Please welcome Emily Harris to our team as our volunteer Marketing and Communications Director! Emily is a senior creative strategist for a Fortune 100 company. Emily is a former award-winning investigative staff reporter for the Charlotte Observer and the Chicago...

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2019 Giving Book by The Society Guide

2019 Giving Book by The Society Guide

We’re proud to be featured in the 2019 Giving Book by The Society Guide. Pick up a copy and read more about how you can support local organizations like ours this giving season.

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We are hiring!

We are hiring!

Brave Step is seeking a case manager to assist in its mission to empower individuals who have been impacted by sexual abuse.

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Sarah Clanton & Carrie Welling Fundraiser – Oct. 6

Sarah Clanton & Carrie Welling Fundraiser – Oct. 6

Sarah Clanton, musical mermaid & Pop'icana cellist, singer-songwriter & Carrie Welling, fellow Nashvillian & shining indie pop star on the rise, are going on tour! After a year of big transitions & self-reflection for us both, we're ready to sit in the...

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July 20: Wash Away the Wait List

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

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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Anniversary Celebration

Anniversary Celebration

Fifth Anniversary CelebrationDate & Time Thursday, Nov. 14 5:30 - 8:30 P.M.Location Sugar Creek Brewery 215 Southside Dr. Charlotte, NCFounded Nov. 14, 2014, Brave Step empowers individuals who have been impacted by sexual abuse. To shape a strong, supportive...

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