TAALK's vision is a local, national and world community where the incidence of child sexual abuse is radically reduced, where victims of child sexual abuse lead healthier lives, and where the related adverse social and economic outcomes, such as substance abuse, mental illness, criminality and suicide, are correspondingly reduced.
TAALK’s mission is to reduce children’s vulnerability to child sexual abuse and to support survivors through the healing process by creating awareness, education, support and healing programs and delivering them through local TAALK Chapters and partner organizations as well as locating programs and services from around the world and highlighting them through our media platforms.
TAALK has educational and support offerings for a variety of community segments. Our focus is to promote healthy discussions about the prevention of child sexual abuse that empower community members to take actions that intercede with potential abuse before it happens. We also strive to give direct and indirect survivors an opportunity to not only use their voice but to actually be heard. We not only have the ability to help survivors but we also have so much to learn from survivors.
On January 18, 2007, the voice and courage of one little girl changed the world...
That was the day my youngest daughter disclosed that she was being sexually abused by my ex-husband. That was the day that we understood for the first time why her older sister had been struggling with her health, concentration and school grades for years. That was the day that I realized that I was not alone and that I could finally talk about my abuse by a modeling teacher after 33 years. That was the day we began our search for other victims of my daughter's perpetrator and found others he had abused and others he was grooming. That was the day we began to see our life's work; a mission to save past, present and future victims of child sexual abuse; a mission to touch the lives and connect millions of people around the world who have been victimized and impacted by this horrible pandemic.
Diane is the founder of TAALK and was selected as a Director, President and CEO because of her personal commitment to the cause as well as her extensive business experience. In 2007, Diane discovered through her daughter's own courageous testimony that they were victims of sexual abuse. This began her own confrontation of personal abuse by a modeling teacher 33 years before, and the mission to touch the lives of past victims, and to save the lives of potential future victims of abuse. Diane's twenty-year career in sales provided her an opportunity to work with high level executives across the country developing solutions to align with their strategic business initiatives. Her love for public speaking and business development are invaluable and contribute greatly to the success of the organization.
In 2015, Diane published her first book entitled 8 Ways to Create their Fate: Protecting the Sexual Innocence of Children in Youth-Serving Organizations. The book guides youth-serving organization leaders to create an environment where child molesters virtually cannot succeed without being caught and therefore won't want to work. Since it's publication Diane has become a sought after consulting in youth-serving organizations and is currently under contract to create and deliver child sexual abuse prevention programs for hundreds of California public school districts through leading insurance risk pools.
Sacha Brown is the Controller for Crossline Community Church in Laguna Hills, CA. Crossline celebrated its seventh anniversary in 2012 and serves over 2,000 worshippers on a weekly basis. Sacha brings over 20 years of accounting experience as a licensed Certified Public Accountant to the church. In her role as Controller, Sacha is responsible for all financial aspects of the organization including accounting practices, budgeting, financial planning, financial analysis, monitoring of financial performance and reporting. Sacha's training comes from her years at Ernst & Young, a worldwide leader in the accounting industry, where her primary focus was auditing the financial statements of many cutting-edge public and private businesses in the Silicon Valley area. Subsequently, Sacha's time at Netscape Communications allowed her to experience from an accounting perspective one of the most spectacular initial public offerings. Since then, Sacha has expanded her area of expertise into the field of taxation. Prior to coming to Crossline, she focused her practice of accounting and taxation with various local accounting firms. Concurrent to her role with Crossline, Sacha also maintains her own private tax and accounting practice, working primarily with small businesses and individuals. Sacha's extensive financial background as a CPA, especially in the non-profit sector, helps to ensure effective day-to-day management of our finances as well as lay the foundation for our long term sustainability plans.
Sarah was originally elected as a Director and Treasurer because of her extensive experience in finance and accounting as well as her network within wealthy circles in California. Sarah is a licensed CPA who began her career at KPMG and later served in finance management at several small and large companies in the areas of healthcare and entertainment. These included Syntex Pharmaceuticals, Molecular Dynamics, Catapult Entertainment and, most recently, she served as Vice President of Finance at Pixar Animation Studios. Sarah currently serves as TAALK's Secretary but her strong financial background continues to be a valuable asset in building TAALK's long-term sustainability.
Cindy Smith joined Orange County Wraparound as a Parent Partner in 2007 and was promoted to Parent Partner Trainer in 2009. Wraparound helps children who are at risk of being displaced from their home, to stay in their home using a positive, strength based, collaborative team effort and community support, helping "at risk children." As the Parent Partner Trainer, Cindy executes, coordinates, and educates the 60 Parent Partners in Wraparound, as well as, collects data about the program and trainings. In 2002, Cindy, became a certified Doula, while residing in Arizona, and continues to serve in Southern California. While in California, Cindy, joined, "Enjoy Birth" becoming trained in "Hypnobabies" and specializing in mom's who were sexually abused. She is passionate about giving couples the tools they need in making educated choices about the birth of their child, while providing comfort measures, advocacy and education.
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