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IU McKinney Student Speaks at Sojourner Truth House in Gary

07/30/2013

Joane Theodule, a 2L at IU McKinney, spoke at Sojourner Truth House (STH) in Gary on July 26 on the topic of psychological implications of sexual abuse. STH is a day shelter that provides support groups, counseling, and individualized services to the homeless.

Theodule founded Helping Other People to Excel, LLC, to help victims of sexual and physical abuse by providing self-help workshops, life coaching, advocacy, and guidance. She was mentally, physically, and sexually abused by her mother’s husband until she was 14 years old. She was kicked out of her mother’s home when she was a junior in high school, but that hasn’t stopped Theodule from achieving her goals. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Florida A&M University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bethune-Cookman University.

“My goal is to share my story and the principles I have used over the years to overcome my obstacles in order to empower men and women of all ages, backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses to maximize their full potential,” Theodule said.


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