Our History
Voices of Change 2018 (VOC18) was founded by Nicole Moehring and her daughter Maci Lynch. The passion and drive behind starting this organization came after Maci and her brother Evan, who was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome and Autism, were both victims of sexual abuse and assault.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Violence against adults and children with disabilities statistics, children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to experience violence than non-disabled peers. They are 3.7 times more likely than non-disabled peers to be victims of some form of violence, 3.6 times more likely to be victims of physical violence and 2.9 times more likely to be victims of sexual violence.

Often children with disabilities do not realize abuse is happening. Many times, the perpetrator is the child’s primary care source, a family member or someone the family or child knows. Perpetrators often threaten children so they are afraid to tell anyone. This allows the abuse to continue and as a result, the child more than likely will suffer from extensive trauma.

Nicole quickly discovered how different her children were treated and how difficult it is to find trauma-responsive mental health clinicians that are trained to work with these victims. In addition, she experienced many challenges trying to navigate the criminal justice system as there are currently few protocols in place to help children with disabilities. Wanting to help others who experienced the same barriers as they have, Nicole and Maci founded VOC18 so that others would not have to be alone.

Nicole felt that, because Evan has a disability, his rights were taken away, he was discriminated against, and his voice wasn’t heard. She felt very alone in her quest for justice and finding support and resources for his road to recovery.

Education and advocacy are imperative for children with disabilities, to reduce the risk and impact of abuse.

Voices of Change 2018 is committed to reducing the risk of  abuse by:
Educating children with disabilities and their families about:
  • Body Parts / Private Parts – Teaching Children Proper Names
  • Boundaries
  • Body Autonomy
  • Consent
  • Family Safety Plans
  • Good Touching / Bad Touching
  • How to Be Their Own Advocate
  • How to Disclose Abuse 
  • How to Talk to Your Child/Children
  • Internet Safety
  • It's OK to say NO! 
  • It's OK to Tell
  • Secrets vs Surprises

As parents, caregivers, family members and friends of children with disabilities, we NEED to be the voices for the voiceless. The ONLY way to reduce the risk of abuse is by becoming EDUCATED, ADVOCATING for the voiceless and SPEAKING UP.