(Washington, D.C.) When Au’Loni caught up with “Don’t Touch Me!” a campaign to raise the awareness of child molestation, we were in tears.
Although no one enjoys the topic of child molestation, nor is it a household hot topic, it’s an on-going, worldwide problem and it needs to be addressed. No child should ever have to experience being touched inappropriately by an adult of any kind. Mishondy Wright-Brown, founder of the organization, knew that she had to take action when her children experienced being molested by their own father. She shared that she encountered molestation early on as child and thought that she could bypass the abuse with her own family by moving on. “I knew that I had to take action” says Mishondy. “When I went through molestation, it was ‘in a sense’ easy for me to ignore it as I grew older. I wanted to get past it and never think of it again. In my own way, I was able to handle it. But when it happened to my own children, I was furious and I knew I had to address it-globally.”
Tell us about “Don’t Touch Me!”
Absolutely! DTM is an organization that I founded to increase awareness of child molestation all over the world. We empower children to say, “Don’t Touch Me!” if they are approached by a predator. We also provide resources for survivors of molestation.
Why did you start this establishment?
Actually, there were several reasons. I am a survivor of multiple molestations. My 3 children are survivors, as well. Once my 2nd daughter was going off to college, she told me that I should do something about molestation. Reportedly, many girls in her high school were victims as well. I fasted and prayed about it, and on the third day of my fast, the vision for “Don’t Touch Me!” became clear to me. On the third day, “Don’t Touch Me!” was born.
Do you offer support groups/special events?
Yes! We have an Annual 5k Fun Walk/Run in Washington DC. The 2nd Annual 5k will be at the National Mall on September 12, 2015 from 8am-11am. We are also having our 1st Annual Candlelight Vigil to raise awareness of Sexual Assault on April 2, 2015 at the Bowie Town Hall, in Bowie, Maryland. We have an anonymous molestation support group meets via conference call too! The next on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. I also speak at workshops and conduct classes to raise awareness of child molestation.
What makes your organization different than other causes similar to yours?
My organization is different being that we are PREVENTING child molestation! We work to empower children to speak up and speak out if they are in a situation that could turn into molestation. Molestation is probably 99% preventable, and it is so much easier to prevent molestation than to repair adults who have been victims of molestation.
How can parents/caretakers take preventive measures with child molestation?
Empower, empower, empower! Have candid conversations with their children about molestation in the verbiage that a predator would use. Let them know that they are their child’s biggest advocate. Do not tell the child what you would do to harm anyone who attempts or molests them. They would be reluctant to tell you if it occurs, in an effort to protect the molester. It may be difficult to tell on their favorite uncle if they thought that it would result in them possibly being hurt. And, most of all, believe the child and never accuse them!
What are the age groups your organization supports?
We support all ages, but we concentrate on children under the age of 18 years old.
Do you believe your campaign will change the world?
I am confident that my campaign will change the world. If 1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys are molested (reported, so the numbers are higher), then it is safe to assume that if we prevent molestation, we will raise stronger, more self-assured adults.
Are there any charitable influences/services to further promote your cause?
Yes, I support One Big Heart Corporation and their campaign to help the homeless and Sisters4Sisters, Inc, which brings awareness to Domestic Violence and others. I also submitted my resume for consideration for the At-Large City Council member position in my city and plan to run for the position in November 2015.
How can our readers reach you?
Mishondy@DontTouchMe.org or www.DontTouchMe.org.