Gold medalist, abuse survivors advocate Aly Raisman to keynote Speaking of Women luncheon

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Aly Raisman, an Olympic gold medal winning gymnast, was the keynote speaker at The Speaking of Women luncheon at The Waterview in Monroe Tuesday. Contributed

Aly Raisman, one of the most decorated female gymnasts of all time and an
advocate for survivors of sexual abuse, will be the featured guest at The Center for Family Justice’s 22nd annual Speaking of Women luncheon, to be held at The Waterview in Monroe at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

“We are excited and honored to have Aly Raisman join us for our always meaningful and inspiring Speaking of Women luncheon,” said Debra A. Greenwood, CFJ’s president and CEO. “As we continue to have important conversations in our culture about the prevalence of domestic and sexual abuse, we believe Aly will bring an important message to our audience and hope this message will inspire those who support our mission of bringing hope into the lives of victims and survivors as they recover and heal.”

Raisman’s Speaking of Women keynote conversation will be moderated by event emcee Anna Zap of Star 99.9 radio.

Greenwood said the Speaking of Women event is always an important lead in to October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“Speaking of Women gives us a necessary platform to raise awareness about our efforts to offer help to anyone impacted by domestic or sexual violence.”

Co-chaired by Sarah Cwikla Mastropole of Easton and Anna Rodrigues of Monroe, Speaking of Women is CFJ’s most important annual fundraiser.

Proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by People’s United Bank, benefit the thousands of victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse CFJ serves each year in the communities of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.

Tickets to the luncheon cost $175 each. Tickets to a special pre-luncheon VIP reception are $250 each. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For tickets and information contact CFJ’s Development and Events Coordinator Chalae Satawhite at [email protected] or call 203-334-6154 ext. 135.

Aly Raisman

Two years ago, Raisman came forward as one of the many victims sexually abused by former Olympic team physician Larry Nassar and she fought back, reading an impact statement at Nassar’s sentencing last year, and filing a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics and the USOC claiming both organizations “knew or should have known” about the ongoing abuse.

Raisman and the other survivors of the USA Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal were honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

In addition to her impressive accomplishments at the highest levels of her sport, Raisman is an advocate for athletes and others impacted by sexual abuse, calling for systemic changes within the youth sports culture.

In her New York Times bestselling memoir, “Fierce,” she detailed the highs and lows of her journey, including her survival of sexual abuse.

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