"A few months ago you spoke at my school. What you said really affected me. It took some time, but you gave me the courage to finally leave my abusive boyfriend. I finally saw what I was going through and realized I deserved more. I hope you realize what a difference you've made for me, and I bet so many other students that day. Thank you..." Student, Stonehill College, name withheld for privacy
Ashley publicly identified herself as a survivor at the age of 19 when she first spoke at her city's annual candlelight vigil. That opened the doors to her speaking all across her community and at universities across the region. In the years following, she garnered vast experience as a victim advocate in district court, as a paralegal assistant working on felony domestic violence cases, as an educator with her local women's center, as the Executive Assistant to the Bristol County District Attorney, and working directly with sexual assault and rape victims on college campuses, navigating both the criminal and Title IX processes. She is sought after year-round as an expert on the issues and has been cited in countless news and media features.
Career Highlights & Standing Expertise
Ashley has devoted herself and her career to enhancing domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and education, as well as victim response and reform. Some highlights include:
Valedictorian of Salve Regina University with a B.A. in Administration of Justice
Sexual Assault Victim Advocate at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Victim Witness Advocate in New Bedford and Fall River District Court
Executive Assistant to the Bristol County District Attorney
Paralegal Intern at the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office in the Domestic Violence Unit
Education and Community Outreach Coordinator for the New Bedford Women's Center
Successfully trained employers from 20 cities/towns on state law; 80% implemented policies in first 6 months
Advanced domestic violence awareness during 120+ appearances as Miss New Bedford 2009
Board and committee member for dozens of violence prevention initiatives
Graduate of the Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy
Trained by the MA Office of Victim Assistance
Issues expert, survivor speaker, and expert panelist for hundreds of events
Expert consultant and trainer for policy and response
Work With Ashley Survivor Support, Bystander Empowerment, Prevention, Policy & Response
Ashley books speaking engagements nationally on college campuses, in middle and high schools, and at women's and youth conferences. She speaks as a survivor, teaches recovery for victims, leads bystander empowerment and prevention tactics, and equips all with the ability to speak up and lead personal, social, and global change.
Ashley is also available as a professional trainer and consultant for individuals who serve potential victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is available to train on responding to disclosures and/or responding to domestic violence in the workplace. She is also available to review workplace and campus response policies and procedures, consult with assault response teams, and offer guided training to victim advocates on communications and effective response.
Book Ashley for a powerful speaking engagement. Speakers work. Ashley knows. The first time Ashley realized she was a victim, was when a guest speaker came into her college classroom. What she heard sparked the beginnings of the awareness and understanding she needed to change her life.