Non-Profit To Host Concert To 'Shatter The Silence' Of Sexual Violence

Haley Reinhart joins PAVE to empower, educate people on sexual assault

Steve Miller
September 10, 2018 - 2:34 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Thousands of sexual assaults occur each year across the United States, and statistics show that more than 60 percent go unreported due to the stigma around sexual abuse.

It was 22 years ago when a Bloomingdale teenager was abducted at knife point and assaulted and now she is trying to raise money for the organization she founded 17 years ago to help other survivors of sexual violence.

"So when I was 17-years old, I had just graduated from high school and I was working at the Woodfield Shopping Mall, and I was kidnapped in broad daylight by a man who was on parole for murdering a 15-year-old girl," said Angela Rose.

Rose is now 40-years old.  She's the founder of PAVE - Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment to help others who have to endure sexual assault.

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"Even with the Me Too movement and the Time's Up movement, there's still so many people that are still suffering in silence," she said. "So while I'm glad that these things are more freely being talked about in Hollywood and in the press, we still have a long way to go."

Angela Rose's organization PAVE is hosting a fundraiser Sept. 29 at the Patio Theater in Portage Park. American Idol season 10 star, Haley Reinhart will be performing and the event will be emceed by Chicago Bulls entertainment host Justin Roman, who also is a co-host of US99’s Stylz & Roman Morning Show. Tickets for the benefit concert can be purchased here.

PAVE provides education and empowerment tools to college students, parents, and civic leaders. Additionally, it creates a safe space for survivors to thrive after trauma. PAVE is the only national nonprofit that works to prevent sexual assaults and heal survivors through social advocacy, prevention education, and survivor support. PAVE has trained more than 50,000 college students and 2,500 professionals across the country, and has 50 chapters throughout the U.S.