Sherrie Allsup is a survivor of long-term sexual abuse and assault as a child.
As a result of her many years of abuse, she is now combating a continuing diagnosis of Complex PTSD. Sherrie is challenged every day to manage her past and close this chapter of her life. She has now begun to focus on her next chapter: Sharing her insight and experience to assist other victims with their transition to become survivors. She is a lecturer, an educator, and an advocate on the topics of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and victims’ rights. Sherrie’s advocacy shines a light on the dark epidemic of sexual abuse and assault. She is a member of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest, and Neglect Network).
Sherrie is the Founder of “Courage Starts with You.” For victims, Courage means telling someone and reaching out for help. For college administrators, Courage means accepting that assaults do happen on campus and taking the steps to address it and combat it. For law enforcement, Courage means looking beyond traditional victim interview techniques to recognize how and why victims of assault may act differently than victims of other crimes. For family and friends of victims of sexual abuse, Courage means listening to survivors, believing them, and educating yourself to understand how the trauma of sexual abuse forever changes a person.
Sherrie often partners and co-presents with Chief Wiley Gammon, Chief of Police, Atlanta Metropolitan College, Atlanta Georgia. Chief Gammon is a Georgia POST certified instructor with more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement. Chief Gammon has completed more than 100 hours of continuing education in trauma-informed sexual assault investigations. He is driven to change the misconceptions of trauma and how it presents in victims.
It is Sherrie’s hope that through the abuse she has survived, she can serve as a conduit for solutions on the dark epidemic of sexual assault that is spreading across college campuses and into many aspects of our society.
Please join with Sherrie as together we begin to face an ugly and unfortunate truth. Only by beginning to address this issue can we begin to shine a light on the darkness of sexual abuse.
Sherrie is the ambassador for the state of Kansas for NAASCA.org National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse.
Courage does start with you. Together we can make a difference.
Sherrie has references available upon request