Lisa Michels Speaking to Students of Virginia Wesleyan College

Students to learn first hand about recognizing subtle signs from a survivor of family violence and child sexual abuse to enhance textbook and classroom coverage of the issue.

Online PR News – 30-September-2011 – – Lisa Michels, Founder of Surviving the Realities of Repressed Memories, will be speaking to the Sociology & Criminal Justice class at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, VA on Thursday, October 6. She was graciously invited by Assistant Professor Alison Marganski to speak to the class on Family Violence: Causes, Consequences and Responses in order to give the class exposure to the realities from a survivor of family violence and child sexual abuse, to enhance textbook and classroom coverage of the issue.

Michels has a powerful story to share with the class, not only of her own abuse and the memory of it that was repressed until she appeared on The Oprah WinfreyShow, but also the path to healing and empowerment, and what that means to someone who must confront the issue daily. Lisa’s fight to reclaim her personal power and her determination to never give up led her to help others do the same. Today, she speaks to women entrepreneurs, helping them tap their own inner power, so they can set goals and achieve them. Her upcoming book, The Child Within: Conditioned to Forget, will be released soon.

She will be teaching the class about what subtle signs to look for to recognize the signs of abuse within a family, how abuse impacts children and adult survivors, and resources available to those who need it. MIchels will also touch on the issue of the memory of childhood sexual abuse and how often it’s repressed until much later, how the memories come back to an individual, and the importance of asking for help to process the information.

Lisa Michels works among individuals and communities with the educational organization, Darkness to Light, on awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse. She is a former board member of a national anti-human trafficking organization, works with Polaris Project and GEMS to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking, and is also a member of RAINN.

Her presentation will take place On October 6, in the Shafer Room from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. All VWC students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend this powerful event. For more information, contact Alison Marganski, PhD with VWC at 757.233.8842 or e-mail

Virginia Wesleyan’s 300-acre campus is on the border of Virginia Beach and Norfolk, located in the middle of a bustling metropolitan area. They’re ideally located for education, travel, internship and employment opportunities, as well as social and recreational activities. Chartered in 1961, Virginia Wesleyan is a small, four-year liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church.