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Contact: Theresa O’Neal

theresaponeal@gmail.com

917-445-7495

 

Town Hall to Address Sexual Assault

In Times Square on November 15th

 

I Believe Women: Sexual Assault Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

 

Presented By Global Spectrum Group, Ark Republic

And Lisa Durden Unlimited Productions

 

NEW YORK, NY – With the emergence of the #MeToo movement, there have been ground-breaking efforts made to address the history of sexual violence within the United States and beyond. In an effort to deepen the dialogue, three dynamic women-owned companies will host a Town Hall event in Times Square to address sexual violence.

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Global Spectrum Group LLC, Ark Republic and Lisa Durden Unlimited Productions will present  “I Believe Women: Sexual Assault Beyond A Reasonable Doubt,” .  The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Acorn Theatre located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues, New York, NY. Admission is free and open to the public.

“In a time when there are so many voices, we felt passionately about bringing forth an informative forum composed of frontline individuals who champion the rights of both women and men in our city every single day,” says Theresa O’Neal, Founder of Global Spectrum Group, LLC, an agency dedicated to serving non-profits, small business and entrepreneurs.

 

“When someone comes forward after sexual assault, they must be heard. Sadly, those like myself, who tell their stories, often face further attacks, along with those who speak out in support of survivors of sexual assault,” expressed Lisa Durden, founder of Lisa Durden Unlimited Productions. “In spite efforts to silence and shame, social justice leaders and courageous women all over the world are standing up for themselves and others!!”

 

 

 

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Presented by: Global Spectrum Group LLC, Ark Republic and Lisa Durden Unlimited Productions
Title:       I Believe Women: Sexual Assault Beyond A Reasonable Doubt Town Hall
Date:       Thursday, November 5, 2018 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Location: Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, ( 9th & 10th Aves) New York, NY 10036
Moderator: LISA DURDEN, Television Personality and A Plus Panel Contributor for WORTV’s “Chasing News”
Panelists: CECILE NOEL, Commissioner/End Domestic Violence & Gender Based Violence, City of New York
  DANA SUSSMAN, Deputy Commissioner, Policy Intergovernmental Affairs, NYC Commission on Human Rights
  TOLU OLUPONA, MD, Psychiatrist, Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Interfaith Medical Center
  MARGARITA GUZMAN, Executive Director, Violence Intervention Program, Inc.
  EVELYN MEJIL, Author, Speaker, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur
  RENIQUA ALLEN, Author, Freelance Writer/Producer
  SCOTT PENNINGTON, ESQ., Criminal Defense Attorney, The Pennington Law Group

 

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Meet the Moderator

Lisa Durden is a brilliantly outspoken, TV personality and subject matter expert in the areas of pop-culture, politics and social issues. She’s an #APlusPanel Contributor on Chasing News, seen Fridays, 11pm, My9NJ, 1:30am, Fox 5 NY & 3:30am, Fox29 Philly. Ms. Durden is also an award-winning director/producer in film & TV.  In 2005, she launched, Lisa Durden Unlimited Productions, a Multi-Media Company headquartered in Newark, NJ. She #KeepsTheCameraHot!! #ClapForThat!!

 

Meet the Panelists

Cecile Noel was appointed as the Commissioner of the New Your City Mayor’s Office to End Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) in October 2015. Noel’s office responsibilities and authorities to address intimate partner violence and elder abuse were expanded by Executive Order 36 to include sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking in September 2018.

 

Dana Sussman is the Deputy Commissioner for Intergovernmental Affairs and Policy at the NYC Commission on Human Rights.  Prior to joining the Commission in March 2015, Sussman was a Senior Staff Attorney in the Anti-Trafficking Program at Safe Horizon, where she represented victims of trafficking in civil litigation, criminal justice advocacy, and immigration relief.

 

Tolu Olupona, MD  is board certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry; specializing in treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. She is the Director of the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Interfaith Medical Center.

 

Margarita Guzmán is the Executive Director of the Violence Intervention Program, Inc., (VIP) a Latinx-led organization that supports survivors healing from intimate partner and sexual violence.  VIP’s mission is to lead victims of domestic violence to safety, empower them to live free of violence and reach and sustain their full potential, by raising community awareness, engaging in activism and providing culturally competent services.

 

Evelyn Mejil is a global humanitarian, international speaker, advocate, philanthropist, founder of Project HOPE 360 and author of her new book, “The Woman in the Mirror,” about a survivor’s journey into the authentic self.

 

Reniqua Allen is a freelance writer/producer for such outlets as; The New York Times, The Washington Post, Al-Jazeera America, Teen Vogue, Black Enterprise and Uptown Magazine, NY1 and News PBS newsmagazine, with a focus on issues of race, class, politics, policy and popular culture. She’s the author of the new book about black millennials and upward mobility, “It Was All A Dream: How Black Millennials are Navigating the Broken Promise of America.”

 

Scott Pennington, Esq. is a criminal defense attorney at Pennington Law Group. Over the years, he has successfully represented defendants in various criminal matters, ranging from first-degree indictable crimes to Disorderly Persons offenses in both the superior and municipal courts of New Jersey.

 

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About Global Spectrum Group, LLC

Global Spectrum Group is a consulting agency designed to create branding, marketing and public relation strategies for nonprofits, small business and entrepreneurs.  The agency also works to educate, enlighten and empower global communities through prosocial initiatives, informative workshops, seminars, campaigns and special events.

 

About Ark Republic

Ark Republic is a membership-based, advertisement-free media startup providing original, multimedia coverage of under-explored, under-examined and under-reported stories. Owned by NYU Professor, Dr. Kaia N. Shivers, The Ark is fueled by productive engagement, robust storytelling and an accessible tech infrastructure.

 

About Lisa Durden Unlimited Productions

Lisa Durden, is a brilliantly outspoken, TV personality and subject matter expert in the areas of pop-culture, politics and social issues. She’s an #APlusPanel Contributor on Chasing News, Fridays, 11pm, My9NJ, 1:30am, Fox 5 NY & 3:30am, Fox29 Philly. Ms. Durden, is also an award-winning director/producer in film & TV.  In 2005, she launched, Lisa Durden Unlimited Productions, a Multi-Media Company headquartered in Newark, NJ. Projects include: Production Director of The Reel Sisters Awards Ceremony: Assistant Director of Verizon PSA Conversations With Mom; Producer of short film, Paris Blues In Harlem; Director of feature documentary, PROJECT WOW: Men On The Down Low; Co-Producer of feature narrative, TITLE VII FILM; Conceived & Produced the PBS Maya Angelou Film’s Live Twitter Chat. Ms. Durden also served as Broadcast Manager with Black Public Media; Event Producer of the 2016 Muse Awards: Producer of the star-studded Revolution Awards; Associate Producer of the award-winning PBS’ documentary, Soul Food Junkies; Associate Producer of the critically acclaimed, Sundance Channel’s, 5 part docu-series, Brick City 1; Associate Producer of the upcoming POV docu-series, The Newark Project; former Curator of the Reel Sisters Film Festival.

 

For more information or to request press coverage, contact Theresa O’Neal, at 917-445-7495 or via email at theresaponeal@gmail.com.

 

 

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