The MEND Project Spring Fundraiser

Jul 03 2017

The MEND Project Spring Fundraiser

This spring The MEND Project held its launch fundraising event at the home of Douglas Hodge and Kylie Schuyler. With over 50 people in attendance, Principal Founder, Annette Oltmans and co-founder, Johanna Tropiano presented the groundbreaking new work of their non-profit which seeks to Educate, Equip, and Restore those impacted by Primary and Double Abuse.

Double Abuse, defined by The MEND Project, occurs when a person who is physically, emotionally or sexually abused, called “Primary Abuse,” reaches out for help. Instead of being received with compassion, empathy and acceptance by her support system, she is ostracized from her family and/or community, or subjected to judgment, ultimatums, or incorrect therapeutic treatment. This often leads the victim to feeling hopeless and alone and can contribute to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) and Complex PSTD.

Annette and Johanna also presented their vision for ending Double Abuse through raising awareness, developing curriculum, and training community leaders on Double Abuse, it’s affects on victims and how to prevent it.

The presentation was received well and The MEND Project has raised over $40,000 dollars since that inaugural event.

If you are interested in learning more, hosting your own event, or inviting Annette and Johanna to speak please email

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