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Human trafficking survivor to give presentation

  • A photo of Brooke Axtell

Posted on April 18, 2017

A human rights activist who is a survivor of human trafficking and domestic violence will give a keynote presentation April 21 during Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Grand Valley. 

Brooke Axtell's presentation, "Sexual Consent and Healthy Relationships," will take place from 11 a.m.-noon in the Kirkhof Center, room 2204. It is approved for LIB 100 and 201 classes. 

Axtell is founder of She is Rising, a healing community for women and girls overcoming rape, abuse and sex trafficking. Her work has led her to speak at the 2015 Grammy Awards, United Nations and U.S. Institute for Peace. She is a member of the Speaker's Bureau for Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network (RAINN) and is an adviser for Freedom United, a global initiative to end human trafficking. 

Her work as a writer, speaker and performing artist has been featured in the New York TimesLA TimesRolling StoneTIMEWall Street Journal and CNN. She has published several award-winning poetry books and released three CDs of original music. 

Axtell's visit is sponsored by The Center for Women in Transition, located in Holland, and the Women's Center at Grand Valley.

For more information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Grand Valley, visit