Not Just Me Foundation

Empowering Survivors. Educating Communities.

 

Examples of Involvement:

General Awareness Trainings

  • Mother's of Preschoolers, Int'l- Jupiter, Tequesta, Wellington &  Loxahatchee
  • Voices of Women event at Barry University- Miami, FL
  • Christ Fellowship Women's Group —Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Jupiter Moms Club (South) open forum Jupiter Community Center- Jupiter, FL 5/2010
  • Prestoncrest Women’s Conference- Dallas, TX 
  • “Empowered Together” Self Defense programs-Jupiter & West Palm Beach, FL 
  • Guest lecturer Lynn University and NOVA Southeastern University

Justice for All Award for Community Trainings across Florida in 2010  

Healthcare

  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certification Trainings-
    • Sarasota, FL
    •  Melbourne, FL
    •  Clearwater, FL
    • West Palm Beach, FL
    •  Miami, FL
    •  Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    • Homestead, FL
    • Ft. Pierce
  • Survivor Experience Presentation to Board of Directors Homestead Hospital- Homestead, FL   10/2014
  • American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) at Florida International University College of Medicine  4/2017

DNA Related Presentations

Presenter at Thermo-Fisher Human Identification University

  • Illinois State Crime Lab (including IN and WI)  Chicago, IL 
  • Colorado State Lab (including UT and AZ), Denver, CO
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York City, NY
  • Washington DC Forensic Lab (MD and VA), Washington, DC
  • Ohio State Lab (including PA), Columbus, Ohio
  • California Department of Justice, San Fransicsco, CA

Conference Speaker:   2017  Internal Symposium on Human     Identification - Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Capitol Hill Congressional Visits for Debbie Smith Grant May 2016

Guest Lecturer George Washington University Graduate School of Forensic Science  April 2017

With Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi at the National Crime Victims Rights Week Breakfast in Tallahassee, FL April 2017

With Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi at the National Crime Victims Rights Week Breakfast in Tallahassee, FL April 2017

Prosecutor-based Trainings

  • State Attorney Judicial Circuit 11 (Miami-Dade)— Miami, FL
  • State Attorney Judicial Circuit 15 (Palm Beach County)- West Palm Beach, FL
  • State Attorney Judicial Circuit 19 (Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Martin Counties)- Stuart, FL  
  • Illinois Prosecutor-based Victim Assistants Association- Carbondale, IL
Speaking at the Illinois state conference for victim advocates

Speaking at the Illinois state conference for victim advocates

Law Enforcement & First Responders

  • Everest Institute Criminal Justice Graduates- Miami, FL
  • Miami-Dade Police Headquarters—Miami, FL
  • Miami-Dade Sexual Crimes Bureau- Miami, FL
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement Conference 2015 
  • PBSO Roll Calls— West Palm Beach, FL
  • Law Enforcement Planning Council Butterfly House Protocol Training- West Palm Beach, FL
  • Law Enforcement Training Panel Palm Beach State —West Palm Beach
  • Miami-Dade Police Department Forensic Services Bureau- Miami, FL 
  • Palm Beach School District Police- West Palm Beach 
Bringing awareness to Egypt in the hopes of influencing change.  Presented to Over 150 Egyptian leaders and aided in the improvement of government policies and services for victims of sexual violence.

Bringing awareness to Egypt in the hopes of influencing change.  Presented to Over 150 Egyptian leaders and aided in the improvement of government policies and services for victims of sexual violence.

Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART)

  • National Crime Victims Rights SART Breakfast-Coral Gables, FL 
  • Speaker Palm Beach County Annual Victims Rights Luncheon- West Palm, FL 
  • National Crime Victims Rights SART Breakfast- Orlando
  • Regional SART Training Panel- West Palm Beach, FL
  • South Dade County SART Rape Treatment Center Kick-off— Homestead, FL 
  • Survivor Perspective Presentation Judicial Circuit 19 SART—Stuart, FL 
  • Florida Council Against Sexual Violence Conference Presenter- Clearwater, FL 
  • Presenter Crime Victims Rights Week Luncheon- West Palm Beach,  4/2015

After only 3 years of serving the citizens of Palm Beach County, our Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) received an award for being the best team in the state of Florida.

TV Appearances and Fundraisers

  • Ricki Lake Show “Strong Women” — Hollywood, CA 
  • Glen Beck Roundtable— Dallas, TX
  • WPTV NBC “Julie’s Fight for Justice”- West Palm Beach, FL . The station won two Emmy Awards for the documentary
  • “I Survived” finale episode season two on the Biography Channel
  • “Surviving Evil” on the Investigation Discovery Channel
  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) various fundraising events, Washington, DC
  • Inner Truth Project, Port St. Lucie, FL

WPTV's Shannon Cake and Jim Sitton, and I, with one of the two Emmy's won for "Julie's Fight For Change" in 2013.

Awards

  • Justice for All “Stamp of Courage Award” from FL Attorney General and Coral Gables Police Department—
  • Outstanding Programming Presentation 2010 from Mom’s Club International 
  • Survivor Activist of the Year 2012 from Florida Council Against Sexual Violence- 
  • USA Network Characters Unite Award 2012 nominated by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), Washington DC
  • Special Honor Award for Fighting Violence Against Women, from the National Organization for Women (NOW)
  • Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) SART of the Year 2014
  • Nomination for National Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Special Courage Award for a Survivor Activist
  • Survivor Activist of the Year 2016 from the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence for work on helping pass SB 636 pertaining to the rape kit backlog

Accepting with the VP of RAINN a $10,000.00 check from Watson Pharmaceuticals to help fund RAINN services like its 24/7 Nationwide Rape Crisis Hotline

Affiliations/Committees

  • Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) National Speaker’s Bureau since 2010
  • Member Board of Directors Florida Council Against Sexual Violence term beginning Spring 2017
  • Survivor Representative for Florida Council Against Sexual Violence State Advisory Panel 2012-2014
  • Survivor Representative Palm Beach County SART2011-present
    • Co-Chair Survivor Action Team Committee
    • Community Action Network Committee 
    • involvement on Campus Round up, Regional SART and Training Committees
  • Rape Kit Action Project Washington, DC—One of eight survivors nationwide chosen to advocate for laws pertaining to the DNA Backlog in America
  • Men and Women United for Justice Education and Reform (M.U.J.E.R) Southern Dade County
  • Cosmetics for Cause Board Member 2013-2015

At MUJER in South Dade celebrating the county's second rape exam center at Homestead Hospital

Legislative Trips and Accomplishments

  • Testified before US Senate in a hearing entitled “Rape in the United States: The Chronic Failure to Report and Investigate Rape Cases” September 14, 2010
  • Lobbied for the passage of the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act (SAFER Act) with continuous trips to Capitol Hill. Met personally with Congressmen and staff in Washington DC.  SAFER ultimately passed as part of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization  (VAWA) in February 2013.
  • Rountinely travel to Washington, DC to meet with DNA experts and Congressional leaders regarding the importance of continuing Debbie Smith Act funds for rape kit reform. 
  • Met with Federal and State Congressmen to begin the formation of the Butterfly House, Palm Beach County’s first centralized rape exam center.  Opened in 2011, Butterfly House and Victim Services have served over 2,000 women in the county.
  • Appointed to the  Rape Kit Action Project (RKAP) based in Washington, DC and worked with FL lawmakers to secure funding in the 2016 state budget for rape kit testing.   Resulted in passage of HB 636 that took effect July 1, 2016 
  • Part of a joint collaboration project between the State Department of the United States, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Egyptian Government  to promote the adoption of victim-centered policies in Egypt.  Presented the survivor experience before 50  members of the Egyptian delegation in the US on their five trips to America.  Travelled to Cairo Egypt to present to over 150 Egyptian government officials, attorneys, healthcare providers and women's rights activists.  Saw concrete change happen evidenced by changes in protocols, trainings, programs and the development of a 24/7 rape crisis center established in Cairo.