The Northwest MO Children’s Advocacy Center is proud to present ‘An Evening with Marilyn Van Derbur’ on October 7, 2016 at the historic Missouri Theater, 715 Edmond Street in St. Joseph, MO. As a childhood incest survivor, Marilyn has devoted much of her life to raising national awareness and understanding of sexual abuse and its long-term effects.
For 13 years of her childhood, Marilyn was sexually abused by her father and believed that there was no hope for her. As many abused children do, Marilyn dissociated from her ‘night time’ child and became a ‘day time’ Marilyn, who was an outgoing, successful child and young adult. Winning awards and succeeding at everything she tried, no one would have believed that the ‘night time’ Marilyn existed. After college, her success continued when she was crowned Miss America and later went on to become a nationally recognized motivational speaker.
At the age of 53, Marilyn believed the world she had created for herself was coming to an end when a journalist found out about the childhood abuse she had been through. But her world was only changed – it wasn’t over. She realized that her real calling was to use what she knew, what she had lived, to educate others and raise awareness about the issue of child sexual abuse. Marilyn began to speak publicly about what happened to her, later founding the American Coalition for Abuse Awareness and One Voice – both national organizations whose purpose is to educate and raise awareness. Then she authored her book, “Miss America by Day” which furthered her purpose of bringing awareness to the nation, but also bringing her message of hope to others like her, whose childhoods were shattered by abuse at the hands of someone they trusted. That message is “The pain ends, I promise…IF you do the ‘work’ of healing.”
On October 7, Marilyn will talk about abuse, but also about healing. It will be an emotional but helpful evening of discussion, education and most of all awareness that child sexual abuse exists, it exists right here where we live. We will all learn a little more about how we can help.
Tickets for this event are available now. VIP tickets are $50 and includes an early entry to the theater at 6:00 PM for hors d’oeuvres, a short meet and greet with Marilyn and VIP theater seating. General seating is $35 and $20 for students (student ID required). Doors will open for general and student seating at 6:30.