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Dani Bostick - Self. Winchester, VA, US

Dani Bostick Dani Bostick

Educator, Writer, Advocate | Self

Winchester, VA, UNITED STATES

Disrupting the culture of shame and silence surrounding sexual assault and child sexual abuse.

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Breaking the Silence about Childhood Trauma | Dani Bostick | TEDxGreenville

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Biography

An educator, speaker, writer and advocate Dani considers herself first and foremost a disruptor of shame and silence. A victim of child sexual abuse, Dani speaks openly about her experience-- from the crime itself to reporting it three decades later-- candidly and openly.

Dani's written work about about trauma, mental health, and women's issues has appeared in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Week, and other outlets.

She speaks on a wide range of topics:

Sexual abuse and assault
PTSD
Resiliency
Domestic Violence
Women's issues
Cultural issues in the NFL
Mental health
Dead languages
Classroom management
Other topics related to education

Industry Expertise (3)

Mental Health Care Women Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise (5)

Sexual Assault Awareness Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Ptsd Behavior Management Motivational Interviewing

Education (3)

University of Colorado: M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling 2015

University of Scranton: M.S., Curriculum and Instruction 2008

Catholic University of America: B.A., Greek and Latin 1998

Summa cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Academic All American

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Italian

Media Appearances (4)

On the Line

Vice  online

2015-06-29

Vice reporter Liz Field hosted a panel discussion about untested rape kits. My segment begins at 11:30.

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Decades later, victims of sexual assault speak out

HuffPost Live  online

2015-04-06

Adult victims of child sexual abuse share their stories.

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Former coach gets 15 years for child sex abuse

WUSA9  tv

2014-09-11

Raw footage of an interview with WUSA after the perpetrator associated with my case was sentenced.

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Al Jazeera Weekend News

Al Jazeera America  tv

2015-11-01

Discussion of NFL's policy's regarding uniforms and recent fines against players commemorating parents lost to cancer and domestic violence.

Event Appearances (6)

Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance

COVA 2015  Keystone, Colorado

2015-10-28

TEDx Colorado Springs

TEDx Colorado Springs  Colorado Springs, Colorado

2015-10-17

USA Swimming

Safe Sport Conference  Colorado Springs, Colorado

2014-02-09

Rock Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Sexual Assault Awareness Week  Parker, Colorado

2015-04-08

ACTFL

National Conference  Nashville, TN

2017-11-17

TEDxGreenville

TEDxGreenville  Greenville, SC

2018-04-06

Style

Availability

  • Keynote
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Corporate Training

Fees

500 to 5000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee

Articles (5)

After 30 years a woman confronts her abuser- and herself The Washington Post

2014-11-14

"Like some victims, I took years-- decades actually-- to come to grips with what happened to me. But unlike most, I ultimately came forward, reported the crime, and allowed my name to be used in public court records and news accounts."

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9 things you should never say to a rape victim Marie Claire

2015-08-04

1. Any statement that begins with "at least."

There is no mitigating the horror and pain of a sexual assault by comparing it with another worse crime. "At least you've learned how to function." "At least" statements ignore the victim's present pain.

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PTSD: It's not just for veterans Huffington Post

2015-10-19

It's easy to explain away symptoms as more socially acceptable and common conditions. "Must be depression!" Or, "Oh, I guess I've always been hypersensitive." Those statements are easier to say than, "I think I have PTSD."

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CBS sets women in sports reporting back about fifty years Huffington Post

2015-10-05

Instead, she came across as a blonde ditz of the "math is hard" ilk, a common and unfortunate trope that reinforces stereotypes that women are less intelligent, tech savvy, and competent than men.

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Breaking free of silence and shame Huffington Post, Good Men Project, To Write Love on her Arms

2015-06-15

Until recently, I -- like most victims -- participated in a code of silence, burying all memories of my traumatic childhood, feeling a deep sense of shame, and walking through life burdened by a secret I was keeping from everyone -- even myself.

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