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High Heals & Hope Event for Mothers of Molestation Survivors

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Mothers of Molestation Survivors (MOMS) will hold its first-ever fundraiser Monday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at Plates Caf in Depot Park, 14 Business Way, Bldg. 149 in Sacramento. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at http://highheelsandhope.eventbrite.com/.

The event, "High Heals & Hope," is a black-tie optional gala that will feature dinner, live and silent auctions and live music by "Folsom Gold." The event will benefit MOMS and St. John's Shelter Program for Women and Children.

Those attending can bid on nearly 80 exciting and unique products such as signed sports memorabilia, historical memorabilia, designer purses, jewelry and trips to Mexico, Lake Tahoe and Napa. Funds raised at the event will be used to support MOMS' program development and to hire additional experts in various fields.

 MOMS is the brain child of Kim Johnson, a local licensed clinical social worker who established the foundation in 2011 in partnership with Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Rebecca Lucero, to reach out to and provide resources for the often forgotten secondary victims of sexual abuse - the mothers. Through MOMS, Johnson and Lucero and their team will assist the mothers of children who have been hurt in a sexual way by providing programs to support them in making a difference in their children's lives. MOMS will be providing programs in two separate categories: recovery and prevention.  MOMS will be participating with a university in the first research ever done on the mother of a molestation survivor.  Evidence-based programs will include support groups for the mothers in the Sacramento area and will expand throughout California and beyond. Prevention programs will be in place for mothers enabling the cycle of sexual abuse to stop.

 "While there are resources available for the children, and often even the perpetrator, now is the time to assist the mothers, other family members and caregivers," Johnson said. "It's time to educate the general population, the mothers and the families that  all of those touched by abuse are  survivors too, and are in need of assistance in many ways," Johnson said.

 Lucero noted that sexual abuse impacts everyone in the community in ways that most do not comprehend. An example of the impact would be in the form of increased need for entitlement programs when a mother is unable to provide financial support for her children. "Trauma, when not addressed, affects all of us in some form," she noted. "Attending this fantastic event can help offset those costs."

For questions or to help sponsor the event, please contact Lucero at rlucero@mothersofmolestationsurvivors.com.

About MOMS:
Mothers of Molestation Survivors, MOMS, is a nonprofit agency dedicated to assisting the mothers of those who have survived sexual molestation. MOMS provides support groups, connections to community resources and educational materials to support these secondary survivors. MOMS Co- founders Kim Johnson and Rebecca Lucero can be reached at helpmoms@yahoo.com or 800-845-UMOM. Find more information about MOMS on the web at www.mothersofmolestationsurvivors.com. Johnson's book, "Mothers of Molest Survivors: Supporting Moms to Make a Difference in Their Children's Lives," is available through the MOMS website or Amazon.com.