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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Alumna Shares Story of Hope and Healing

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Jennifer Nadler is a professor, a wife and a mother.

She is also a survivor of child sexual abuse. A member of the College class of 1999, Nadler recently returned to campus during National Child Abuse Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month to discuss the long-term effects of the abuse she suffered and her journey to healing. She hopes that by sharing her story, she will inspire other survivors of abuse who have not sought help to do so.

“In the process of healing, you learn that there is hope,” she said. “You learn that there is life after abuse. I want other survivors to understand that.”

Nadler currently teaches English as a Second Language at Onondaga Community College (OCC). A Speakers’ Bureau member of both the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) and The Office of Victims of Crime (OVC), she has led talks about surviving abuse at Vera House, the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, OCC and Le Moyne. She most recently spoke at Le Moyne and OCC during National Child Abuse Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, in April. The title of the talk was “No More Sorrow, No More Silence: The Voice of a Survivor.” Following the talk, which was attended by students, faculty, and staff from the Wellness Center for Health and Counseling, Nadler took time to answer questions from the audience.

She said that she was extremely honored to return to Le Moyne because, in addition to being an alumna, she has taught Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Last semester she visited and addressed students in Victimology classes at the College. Nadler also credited her time at Le Moyne with helping to prepare her to become a comfortable and effective public speaker. Her work on behalf of survivors of abuse has been featured in the Post Standard and Today’s CNY Woman magazine.

“I couldn’t have had a better experience at Le Moyne or be surrounded by a more caring community, that accepted me for who I am,” she said.

In addition to Nadler’s talk, members of the campus community recognized National Child Abuse Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month by selling pinwheels and donating the proceeds to the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. The pinwheels were then planted in the lawn in front of Grewen Hall to raise awareness.

Nadler’s talk at Le Moyne was sponsored by the wellness Center for Health and Counseling and the College’s Sociology Club.


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