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Erin Merryn & Joan Cole Duffell

Erin Merryn suffered years of sexual abuse and rape as a child. But in 2004, during her senior year of high school, she began to end the silence and shame surrounding sexual abuse by publishing her childhood diary as a book. Joan Cole Duffell is the executive director of Committee for Children, a 35-year-old Seattle-based non-profit that is helping nine million children in 26 countries develop vital social and emotional skills to avoid violence, bullying, and sexual abuse.