"Gender Talk: Where are the Boundaries?" is a series of conversations with women from a variety of perspectives. Their stories, expertise and forthrightness on issues of women inequality are crucial for such a time as this. This third 3-part episode on "Stories from Victims of Sexual Abuse" include the following leaders:
Brittany Szkaradnik is a outh Jersey native, has lived in Norfolk for almost 7 years as a self proclaimed "Domestic Enginee". he is a graduate of the College of Charleston’s School of Business with achelor’ egre n International Business and European Studie. he also has a degre i Culinary Art nd studied rench & French cuisine in Lille, Franc.
Currently, Brittany works as a volunteer at the Norfolk Urban Renewal Center. he erves as the Committee Chair f Cub Scout Pack 2 and is on the First Presbyterian Churc of Norfol MOPS Steering Tea. She also has the wonderful privilege of teaching Sunday schoo ith her husband.
Brittany is a stay-at-home mother of 3 beautiful, vibrant babies: Henry, Charlotte, and Atticus and wife to an amazing husband, Christophe. You can find her almost every day at church attending Celebrate Recovery, various bible studies, family events, or other volunteer opportunities. When Brittany is not at church or doing the Momma Hustle; she is at the gym where she enjoys powerlifting, swimming and spinning.
Adele Martele is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine. She is in private practice at Genesis Counseling Center where she specializes in Trauma, Attachment and Marital work. Her heart is to help clients experience freedom from past hurt and offenses while helping them pursue God's best for their lives. Adele is an experienced speaker, blogger, podcaster, and published author. Her reputation as a speaker is built on her ability to explore difficult topics with honesty, backed with impeccable research, and personal stories. She is a thought-leader, a creative ministry cultivator, and dynamic storyteller. She has experience speaking to hundreds of counselors and mental health professionals, as well as, offering insights to pastors and ministry leaders. She lives with her awesome husband and two kids – and one on the way- on the Southside of Hampton Roads. You can find them outdoors, going for walks, and making music and art. Together their whole lives are ministry wanting and helping people live fully alive.
Monica Charleston is a Survivor Leader from Philadelphia Pennsylvania and is determined to be a voice for those silenced by sex trafficking. She gained national recognition for her advocacy skills, her allegiance to educate the community, and being a leader for child sex trafficking survivors. Monica took a leap of faith to launch Kaleidoscope International in 2015. Kaleidoscope was created to advocate for victims and survivors of Sex Trafficking with a strong emphasis on HIV prevention, treatment and activism. Recently Monica testified in front of the General Assembly concerning available services for minors convicted of prostitution and civil rights of survivors of sex trafficking. Most importantly Monica had all of her 150+ Prostitution charges dropped in the state of New York, got her voters rights reinstated and is now an official voters’ registrant for the state of Virginia. Monica is a Sister Love 20/20 Leading Women’s Alumni, a Shared Hope Ambassador and a proud member of Positive Women's’ Network (PWN). Most recently, Monica had the opportunity to share her story at the WomenNow2016 Pan African Women's Summit on HIV, Sexual & Reproductive Health Justice in Durban South Africa, JUST Conference in Washington DC and . In the future Monica has plans on expanding Kaleidoscope International by being a strong voice and a face to a the lost, forgotten, silenced and unseen. In the summer of 2018 Monica will launch Kaleidoscope Kids Kamp which will provide counseling and mentorship for the children of the women and men who have been affected by Sex Trafficking to prevent them from becoming products of their parents past.