Cynthia Morton is a survivor of Teen Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault who has shared her story with audiences across the United States since 2007.
Cynthia will tell you that she was not a willing participant in sharing her most intimate and shameful life experiences, however facing circumstances beyond her control, she now realizes that speaking out was the start of her journey to healing, reconciling her past and “taking her life back” with no apologies.
Her story which she will share with you was “high profile” by all standards and attracted media attention due to its nature. Having had these experiences, Cynthia decided to highly privatize her life and leave the public sphere. Over many years of public silence only deciding to share her story privately with confidants - family members, faith communities, close friends and colleagues, she was empowered to again start speaking publicly in an effort to advocate on behalf of others whom her story and advocacy will help.
Personal details of her experiences involving fear, abuse and many of times, victim-blaming, has allowed Cynthia’s mission to be even more influential and of greater purpose.
Simply stated, she was a victim who became a survivor and is now a warrior on the issues of domestic abuse/violence. She shares her expertise on what it is like to be a victim and survivor of domestic violence “with physical, mental and emotional scars” to various conferences, seminars, workshop audiences which include victims and survivors of domestic violence, advocates, law enforcement, legal and medical professionals, mental health providers and therapists, counselors, university and college students as well as conduct military personnel training regarding domestic violence. Her authenticity is remarkable. She explains the perils of PSTD (post traumatic stress disorder) that military personnel experience when returning from a war zone as well as victims who are diagnosed with PTSD. She was severely injured, suffered serious head trauma and was not immediately hospitalized and/or received medical attention. She was arrested instead and spent a night in the local jail where other inmates administered treatment for her injuries.
After seeking counseling and therapy herself to survive victim-blaming through the midst of adversity, she transformed her tragic circumstances into an opportunity to establish ground on all forms of Domestic Violence that are often overlooked such as verbal, mental, economic, spiritual, stalking and emotional abuse. With more vocation and not only speaking of the details and the realities of Domestic Violence, Cynthia made it her mission to be a vessel of support and healing to women, men and children affected by Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
Cynthia received professional training from Office For Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Center on the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and public speaking by InterAct, a Wake County Non-Profit Agency that provides free and confidential services, community awareness and professional training to the community at large including victims and survivors.
She has also completed training in Victims' Rights, Victim Compensation, Sexual Assault, Types of Victim Services, Ethical Issues and Practical Strategies for Working with Elder Abuse Victims, Domestic and Sexual Violence in Later Life, Teen Relationship Abuse, Stalking, Property Crime, Intimate Partner Violence, Identity Theft, Human Trafficking, Hate and Bias Crimes, Child Abuse, Cyber Fraud, Advocacy, Assessing Victims Needs, Conflict Management and Negotiation, Confidentiality, Collaboration, The Criminal Justice System, The Civil Justice System, Trauma Informed Care, Self-Care, Referrals, Problem Solving, Documentation, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, and Crisis Intervention.
Her audiences include faith leaders, counselors, victim’s advocates, law enforcement, medical professionals and other service providers. She previously spoke at conferences, professional trainings and public events sponsored by North Carolina Department of Justice, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Calvary Church Raleigh. Media interviews included The Raleigh News and Observer, Charlotte News and Observer, WTVD Raleigh, ABC 11 News Raleigh, ABC News Charlotte and WQDR Radio Station, Raleigh.
She is a Minister, mother of one daughter and a dog named Stormy.
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