Our Organization


Maci and I founded Voices of Change 2018 after Maci and my son, Evan, who was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome and Autism, were both victims of sexual abuse. I quickly discovered how difficult it is to find mental health professionals, trained in trauma informed care, for children with disabilities, who have been abused. I also experienced many challenges trying to navigate the criminal justice system because there currently are not many protocols in place for children with disabilities. Lack of preventative education, supports and resources for children with disabilities, make them more vulnerable to abuse.

We founded Voices of Change 2018 to create advocacy, awareness, support and to provide education to reduce the risk of abuse for children with disabilities. We also assist children with disabilities who have been victims of sexual abuse and their families, on their road to recovery.

"We all think “It will never happen to my child.” I know. I thought that too, and I did educate my children from a very young age. The fact is, sexual abuse DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE!"


Nicole Moehring                         Maci Lynch
Founder                                     Co - Founder
Our Organization

Our Mission, Vision and Philosophy


Mission
Through the sharing of our personal journey, we build access to safety, healing and justice for sexually abused children with disabilities.

Vision
To reduce the risk of sexual abuse of children with disabilities through advocacy, education and awareness, and helping victims become survivors.

Philosophy 

Reducing the risk and impact of sexual abuse and assault in the following ways:

  • Education: We believe that education of the signs of sexual abuse, and creating awareness in the community will aid in prevention.
  • Advocacy and Empowerment: We believe everyone’s voice has a right to be heard.
  • Collaboration: We will partner with local agencies to provide a path to healing.
  • Justice: We believe the path to justice, in whatever form that may be, should be equally accessible to all victims
  • Respect: We believe in treating everyone with dignity, equality and respect.


National Statistics


***The 2021 statistics shown on our website are from the World Health Organization (WHO).

We know that violence against persons with disabilities is an epidemic with rape and abuse occurring at a rate ten times more than the rate of the general population (Harrell and Rand, 2010). Violence against persons with disabilities persist in part because of the following perceived vulnerabilities:
• Do not realize that what they are experiencing is abuse
• Lack communication options such as sign language or interpreters
• Rely on the perpetrator for care and/or financial assistance
• Lack the support they need to get help
• Fear they will not be believed if they report
• Survivors have previous negative experiences with law enforcement, domestic violence/sexual violence services, or other victim agencies
• Have a lack of education on what constitutes as healthy relationships
• Do not know where or who to contact for help

Voices of Change (VOC) seeks to provide navigation and advocacy services to survivors of sexual violence with disabilities and their families. VOC incorporates the voices and stories of persons with disabilities and their families who have lived through similar experiences. VOC is an organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those with disabilities impacted by sexual violence. VOC  believes in helping victims become survivors.


General Statistics
According to the 2021 World Health Organization (WHO) website, there are over 1 billion people, or about 15% of individuals, who live with some form of a disability
Also, according to the WHO children with disabilities are:
  • 4 times more likely to experience violence then non-disabled children
  • 3.7 times more likely than non-disabled children to be victims of violence
  • 3.6 times more likely to be victims of physical violence then non-disabled children
  • 2.9 times more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than non-disabled children
  • 4.6 times the risk of sexual violence than their non-disabled peers
Perpetrators:
  • 5% of the individuals had no known relationship with the victim
  • 10% were other relatives
  • 14.7% was an intimate partner
  • 30.3% was a stranger
  • 40% of the accused perpetrators were well known/casual acquaintances
According to Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2015, reasons for crimes against going unreported to police were:
  • 0.1% said insurance would not cover
  • 3.0% of victim’s report police would not do anything
  • 20.4% was not important enough to the victim to report it
  • 20.8% claim the police would not help
  • 36.8% was unknown
  • 40% dealt with it in another way
• Things such as, lack of education, stigma and lack of social support for providers who care for them, put individuals with disabilities at a higher risk of abuse

• Unfortunately, all the statistics documented for children with disabilities, are for children ages 12 and up, living among the general population in household settings. (This, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)).

The Adult Advocacy Centers (AAC) Conducted a survey to Ohio County Boards of Developmental Disabilities in Fall of 2019, called the “Needs Assessment: Fall 2019”. Per this report:
• 34% of the Boards reported there is no treatment protocol that exists in their county for crime victims with disabilities
• 69% reported there are no existing support groups for crime victims with disabilities

The AAC asked what the biggest barrier/obstacle to providing services to crime victims with disabilities?
• 51% said it was due to lack of resources
• 29% said lack of collaboration
• 11% said disregarding people with disabilities
• 6% said not applicable or no answer
• 3% said there were no barriers

The AAC asked, how often are crimes committed against people with disabilities taken to grand jury?
• 26% said seldom
• 20% said never
• 20% said very rare
• 17% said fairly regularly
• 11% said was unknown
• 6% said only theft cases have been taken to grand jury

The AAC asked, when asked what is the best way to offer support for crime victims with disabilities. The answers were:
• 40% said collaboration and support
• 17% said no answer
• 17% said training and education
• 14% said more programs and resources
• 9% said no support needed
• 3% said establishment of a protocol

These numbers are alarming! This is a international epidemic. If we don’t start talking about it and raising awareness, sadly, the numbers will continue to increase.

We all think “It will never happen to my child.” I know. I thought that too and I did educate my children from a very young age. The fact is, sexual abuse DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE! It doesn’t matter your race, your religious beliefs, your social or financial status.... UNFORTUNATELY, IT HAPPENS. You may feel alone, but you are NOT.




Media Coverage


Trigger warning! Some episodes may contain content, not meant to be heard by children. Please listen at your own discretion. If you feel at all triggered while listening or watching any episodes, please contact a clinical professional. For information, or to schedule interviews, please email: info@voicesofchange2018.com

2021 Crucial Point Award Recipients

Congratulations to the Voices of Change 2018 Founder, Nicole Moehring for being 1 of 6 recipients of the 2021 Crucial Point Award!!!

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April 21, 2021

Start a Conversation with Kristine Irwin, Founder of Voices of Hope 2015 - Nicole Moehring and Kristine Irwin had the opportunity to discuss Voices of Change 2018 and Nicole's new book release, Finding Myself.

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Spectrum News 1

Mother turns to advocacy after both children are sexually abused: "Unbelievable nightmare that I’ll never wake up from"

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The Landscape, Naveh Elder, Nicole Moehring, Voices of Change 2018

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. @nicole_moehring_voc founded @voicesofchange2018 to share their person story and build access to safety, healing and justice for sexually abused children with disabilities through advocacy, education and collaboration. It’s a topic that isn’t talked about enough, so make sure to listen to this amazing advocate and leader in the latest episode.

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April 16, 2021

The Mama Bear Effect - Nicole Moehring and Adrianne Simone, Founder of The Mama Bear Effect talked about the importance of education of prevention to reduce the risk of sexual abuse.

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Comfort in the Storm

Child Abuse Prevention Speaker Series - Nicole Moehring was honored to be asked to be a guest on this Speaker Series, hosted by Comfort in the Storm Foundation.

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Coffee & Cocoa - Nicole Moehring

Founder, Nicole Moehring, was a guest on Coffee & Cocoa, on April 10, 2021.

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Coffee & Cocoa - Maci Lynch

Co-Founder, Maci Lynch, was a guest on Coffee & Cocoa, on April 3, 2021.

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Child Welfare Professionals, Inc.

Founder, Nicole Moehring, was a guest on Child Welfare Professionals, Inc. on February 14, 2021.

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National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA), Talk Radio

Founder, Nicole Moehring, was the special guest on National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA), talk radio on Monday, January 18, 2021 sharing her personal story as well as spreading awareness about Voices of Change 2018.

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We Are HER, Trauma Recovery Panel

Our Founder, Nicole Moehring, was a guest panelist for We Are HER on Trauma Recovery.

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Nicole Moehring - Guest on We are HER (Healed Empowered Restored)

Nicole is a fierce and protective mother of two who found out her son with special needs had been a victim of child sexual abuse. She’s discovering how hard the justice system is to navigate for victims of sexual violence with disabilities and using her knowledge to help others with her organization Voices of Change 2018.

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Maci Lynch - Survivor Story

This week's guest is Maci Lynch who is coming on our podcast today to share her story. She co-founded, Voices of Change 2018, with her mom, after being a victim of sexual assault. She wants to speak to everyone, especially teens, letting them know the importance of speaking up, if they have been victims of abuse. She also would like to educate the community on prevention and the signs of sexual abuse and assault. Maci and I talk about everything and anything from her trauma that she experienced with her father, to when she was sexually assaulted, how she healed, the books she loves to read, including her favorite TV the Vampire Diaries.

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The Arc of the United States - President Frederick Misilo, Jr.

A special thank you to Naveh Eldar for speaking about and promoting Voices of Change 2018 in his podcast with The Arc of the United States, President Frederick Misilo, Jr. We are truly grateful.

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Unveil Your Voice - Nicole Moehring's Story

Founder, Nicole Moehring was invited to be on the Unveil Your Voice, Podcast. "I appreciate the opportunity to be able to share not only my children's story but, my story as well. Thank you, Kristine"

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Heal with Kevin McNeil

I was honored to have the opportunity to be a guest on the "Heal with Kevin McNeil" Podcast. The link is attached.

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News Net 5, WEWS

Failure to Protect, Justice for our Most Vulnerable. I had the opportunity to be interviewed by WEWS, News Net 5 Cleveland, Sarah Buduson, to spread awareness about our most vulnerable population of children being abused. Link to interview is attached.

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National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA), Talk Radio

Founder, Nicole Moehring, was the special guest on National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA), talk radio on Monday, January 20, 2020 sharing her personal story as well as spreading awareness about Voices of Change 2018.

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Upcoming Media Events


For information, press inquiries or for scheduling interviews, please email: info@voicesofchange2018.com

Meet the founders of Voices of Change 2018


Nicole A. Moehring

Founder

Maci E. Lynch

Co-Founder

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When you shop at smile.amazon.com, 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. You can choose from over one million organizations to support.

It would be so appreciated if you would choose "Voices of Change 2018" as your charitable organization.

For any questions about Amazon Smile, please call 440.864.7074 or email info@voicesofchange2018.com

Voices of Change 2018, is approved to by the State of Ohio to be a Nonprofit Organization, 501(c)(3).
Our effective date of exemption is: July 23, 2019
Our EIN # is on file at the Voices of Change 2018 home office.

Amazon Wish List and Amazon Smile


AMAZON WISH LIST: 
We have a wish list on Amazon for items we need while we continue to build our nonprofit. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Items can be purchased directly through our Amazon Wish List. It takes only a moment, and your much needed gift will be delivered directly to us.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1X5136QDA2W2J?

Currently, we are in most need of Laser Jet Ink and copy and brochure paper.

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AmazonSmile is a way for you to support your favorite charitable organization when you shop. There is no charge for Amazon Smile.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, 0.5% of your eligible purchases go to the charitable organization of your choice. You can choose from over one million organizations to support.

It would be so appreciated if you would choose "Voices of Change 2018" as your charitable organization.

Voices of Change 2018, is approved by the State of Ohio to be a Nonprofit Organization, 501(c)(3).
Our effective date of exemption is: July 23, 2019
Our EIN # is on file at the Voices of Change 2018 home office.

For any questions about Amazon Smile, please call 440.864.7074 or email info@voicesofchange2018.com 

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Fundraising Campaigns


Voices of Change is funded by the generosity of our community, corporations, individuals and foundations. There are a variety of ways to donate. We appreciate every donation we receive.

$50

Donation Amount

Planned Giving


By making a Planned Giving gift to Voices of Change through your trust, will or another giving form, you are helping us provide services for future generations.

Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency 2020

Voices of Change 2018 is proud to have earned the Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency 2020

Legacy Donors

When you make a Legacy Gift to Voices of Change 2018 we will recognize you as a member of our Legacy Giving. To be be recognized, all donors will complete a confidential statement of intent. Should you choose for your gift to remain anonymous, Voices of Change 2018 will respect your wishes. Thank you for considering Voices of Change as part of your planned giving. Please call 440-864-7074 or email info@voicesofchange2018.com for more information on how to make Voices of Change 2018 part of your planned giving.

Life Insurance

By naming, Voices of Change 2018 as a primary or secondary beneficiary of a life insurance policy, your estate will be allowed an estate-tax charitable deduction. To make this gift to Voices of Change 2018, please contact your insurance agent and request a beneficiary form. Please call 440-864-7074 or email info@voicesofchange2018.com for more information on how to make Voices of Change 2018 the beneficiary of your life insurance.

Retirement Plan

By naming Voices of Change 2018 as a beneficiary of retirement plans, your estate can achieve substantial tax savings. Typically, retirement assets are subject to high taxes, however, by designating Voices of Change 2018 as your beneficiary, the gift will not be subject to estate tax and we will not pay income tax on the distribution. Please call 440-864-7074 or email info@voicesofchange2018.com for more information on how to make Voices of Change 2018 the beneficiary of your retirement plan.

Trust or Will

Designate a specific dollar amount or percentage to Voices of Change 2018 in your Trust or Will. Please call 440-864-7074 or email info@voicesofchange2018.com for more information on how to make Voices of Change 2018 the beneficiary of your trust or will.

Board of Directors


Voices of Change 2018 is governed by a Board of Directors, who volunteer their time and are dedicated and passionate about our mission and vision.


COMING SOON!


We are always searching for dedicated members to serve on our Board of Directors. 

If you interested in becoming a board member, please submit your resume and short summary of why you are interested in serving on our Board of Directors to our email: info@voicesofchange2018.com. In the subject line please put "Board of Directors".  



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Child Abuse
Phone: 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453)

National Human Trafficking
Phone: 1.888.373.7888


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