Our Story


Our Story
Voices of Change 2018 was founded as a 501(c)3 organization in 2018 by Nicole Moehring and Maci Lynch, mother and daughter. Both of Nicole’s children were sexually abused and assaulted.

As the mother of a child with disabilities, Nicole quickly discovered how difficult it is to navigate the criminal justice system for victims of sexual violence with disabilities and their families. In addition, she realized there were very few resources available for children with disabilities who had been sexually abused.

Wanting to serve others, who experienced the same barriers as they did, Nicole and Maci founded Voices of Change 2018 so that others would not have to be alone in their journey to recovery.

Voices of Change addresses the much-needed advocacy and assistance for survivors with disabilities and their families. Voices of Change focuses on helping families seek justice within the criminal justice system, by providing experienced staff and volunteers to assist them.

In addition, provide access to recovery through trauma-informed and trauma-responsive mental health clinicians skilled in working with persons with disabilities.

Our Mission, Vision and Statement of Philosophy


Mission
Through the sharing of personal experiences, we build access to safety, healing, and justice for crime victims with disabilities, through advocacy, education, and collaboration.

Vision
Helping victims become survivors

Statement Of Philosophy 
Helping victims become survivors through:
· Advocacy: We believe in ensuring everyone’s voice is heard.
· Collaboration: We believe in the power of the many to help those in need.
· Education: We believe that systems improve when they are given information they can use.
· Justice: We believe that everyone should have access to justice in whatever form that may be.
· Respect: We treat all people with dignity and respect.
. Safety & Healing: We believe that victims become survivors when they are safe and have access to recovery

Who are the Voices


Nicole Moehring

Founder/Executive Director

Maci Lynch

Co-Founder/Program Administrator

National Statistics


***The 2018 statistics shown on our website are from the World Health Organization (WHO).

We know that violence against persons with disabilities is an epidemic with rape and abuse occurring at a rate ten times more than the rate of the general population (Harrell and Rand, 2010). Violence against persons with disabilities persist in part because of the following perceived vulnerabilities:

  • Do not realize that what they are experiencing is abuse
  • Lack communication options such as sign language or interpreters
  • Rely on the perpetrator for care and/or financial assistance
  • Lack the support they need to get help
  • Fear they will not be believed if they report
  • Survivors have previous negative experiences with law enforcement, domestic violence/sexual violence services, or other victim agencies
  • Have a lack of education on what constitutes as healthy relationships
  • Do not know where or who to contact for help
Voices of Change (VOC) seeks to provide navigation and advocacy services to survivors of sexual violence with disabilities and their families unlike any other victim service agency in Ohio. Voices of Change incorporates the voices and stories of persons with disabilities and their families who have lived experience. VOC is an organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those with disabilities impacted by sexual violence. Voices of Change believes in helping victims become survivors.

General Statistics
  • According to the 2018 statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are over 1 billion people or about 15% of individuals, globally, who have some form of a disability
  • Also, according to the WHO children with disabilities are:
    • 4 times more likely to experience violence then children without disabilities
    • 3.7 times more likely than non-disabled children to be victims of violence
    • 3.6 times more likely to be victims of physical violence then non-disabled children
    • 2.9 times more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than children without disabilities
    • Children with intellectual disabilities are the most vulnerable to be sexually abused, at 4.6% times the risk than children without disabilities
    • Perpetrators:
    • 5% of the individuals had no unknown relationship with the victim
    • 10% were other relatives
    • 14.7% was an intimate partner
    • 30.3% was a stranger
    • 40% of the accused perpetrators were well known/casual acquaintances
    • According to Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2015, reasons for crimes against going unreported to police were
    • 0.1% said insurance would not cover
    • 3.0% of victim’s report police would not do anything
    • 20.4% was not important enough to the victim to report it
    • 20.8% claim the police would not help
    • 36.8 % was unknown
    • 40% dealt with it in another way
  • Things such as, lack of education, stigma and lack of social support for providers who care for them, put individuals with disabilities at a higher risk of abuse
  • Unfortunately, all the statistics documented for children with disabilities, are for children ages 12 and up, living among the general population in household settings. (This, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS))
The Adult Advocacy Centers (AAC) Conducted a survey to Ohio County Boards of Development Disabilities in Fall of 2019, called the “Needs Assessment: Fall 2019”. Per this report:
  • 34% of the Boards reported there is no treatment protocol that exists in their county for crime victims with disabilities
  • 69% reported there are no existing support groups for crime victims with disabilities
When asked what the biggest barrier/obstacle to providing services to crime victims with disabilities
  • 51% said it was due to lack of resources
  • 29% said lack of collaboration
  • 11% said disregarding people with disabilities
  • 6% not applicable or no answer
  • 3% no barriers
How often are crimes committed against people with disabilities taken to grand jury?
  • 26% seldom
  • 20% said never
  • 20% very rare
  • 17% fairly regularly
  • 11% was unknown
  • 6% only theft cases have been taken to grand jury 
When asked what is the best ways to offer support for crime victims with disabilities. The answers were:
  • 40% collaboration and support
  • 17% no answer
  • 17% training and education
  • 14% more programs and resources
  • 9% no support needed
  • 3% establishment of a protocol
These numbers are horrifying! If we don’t start talking about it and raising awareness sadly, the numbers will increase.

We all think “It will never happen to my children.” I know I thought that and I did educate my children from a very young age. The fact is, sexual abuse DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE! It doesn’t matter your race, your religious believes, your social or financial status....UNFORTUNATELY, IT HAPPENS. You may feel alone, but you are NOT.

Media Coverage


For information; press inquiries or for scheduling, please email: NMoehring@voicesofchange2018.com

The Arc of the United States - President Frederick Misilo, Jr.

A special thank you to, Naveh Eldar for speaking about and promoting Voices of Change in his podcast with The Arc of the United States, President Frederick Misilo, Jr. We are truly grateful.

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Heal with Kevin McNeil

I was honored to have the opportunity to be a guest on the "Heal with Kevin McNeil" Podcast. The link is attached.

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News Net 5, WEWS

Failure to Protect, Justice for our Most Vulnerable. I had the opportunity to be interviewed by WEWS, News Net 5 Cleveland, Sarah Buduson, to spread awareness about our most vulnerable population of children being abused. Link to interview is attached.

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Talk Radio Guest Host

National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA) I was honored to be a guest on NAASCA on January 20, 2020, sharing my personal story as well as spreading awareness for our non-profit. Link to radio show attached.

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Unveil Your Voice Podcast

I was invited to be on, the Unveil Your Voice, Podcast. I appreciate the opportunity to be able to share not only my children's story but, my story as well. Thank you, Kristine

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CHARITY GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN


CHARITY GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN
Children with special needs are 2.9 times more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than children without disabilities.  Children with intellectual disabilities are the  most vulnerable to be sexually abused, at 4.6 times the risk than children without disabilities. (*According to the 2018 statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO))

Voices of Change 2018 is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide navigation and advocacy services to survivors of sexual abuse with disabilities and their families, unlike any other service agency. It was founded by Nicole Moehring and her daughter, Maci. The passion and drive behind starting this organization, came after both Maci and her brother Evan, who is autistic, were both victims of abuse.  Our goal is to ADVOCATE, EDUCATE and EMPOWER the community as well as the child and their families to report abuse if suspected. 

Our purpose is to decrease the number of cases of abuse on special needs children, and increase awareness.  Nicole has fought for both her children to get justice and she wants to help other parents and families to find the right resources to be able to get justice served for their child as well. 

We are raising money to cover operating expenses, such as purchasing Office 365 Migration,  essential software that is HIPPA Compliant, and the implementation of our educational program that will help children with special needs know that it’s okay to speak up and to teach them and their families about body safety and abuse prevention.

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/end-sexual-abuse-and-assault-on-special-needs-children/voicesofchange2018voicesofchange

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Amazon Wish List and Amazon Smile


Voices of Change 2018, is approved to by the State of Ohio to be a Nonprofit Organization, 501(c)(3).
Our effective date of exemption is: July 23, 2019
Our EIN # is on file at the Voices of Change 2018 home office.

AMAZON WISH LIST: 
We have a wish list on Amazon for items we need while we continue to build our nonprofit. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Items can be purchased directly through our Amazon Wish List. It takes only a moment, and your much needed gift will be delivered directly to us.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1X5136QDA2W2J?

Currently, we are in most need of Laser Jet Ink and copy and brochure paper.

AMAZON SMILE
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When you shop at smile.amazon.com, 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. You can choose from over one million organizations to support.

It would be so appreciated if you would choose "Voices of Change 2018" as your charitable organization.

For any questions about Amazon Smile, please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Moehring at 440.864.7074 or via email at: NMoehring@voicesofchange2018.com

Voices of Change 2018, is approved to by the State of Ohio to be a Nonprofit Organization, 501(c)(3).
Our effective date of exemption is: July 23, 2019
Our EIN # is on file at the Voices of Change 2018 home office.

For any questions about making a donation, please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Moehring at 440.864.7074 or via email at: NMoehring@voicesofchange2018.com
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Planned Giving


By making a Planned Giving gift to Voices of Change through your trust, will or another giving form, you are helping us provide services for future generations.

Legacy Donors

When you make a Legacy Gift to Voices of Change, we will recognize you as a member of our Legacy Giving. To be be recognized, all donors will complete a confidential statement of intent. Should you choose for your gift to remain anonymous, Voices of Change will respect your wishes. Thank you for considering Voices of Change as part of your planned giving. For more information on how to make Voices of Change part of your planned giving, please contact Nicole Moehring, Founder/Executive Director at: 440-864-7074 or NMoehring@voicesofchange2018.com

Life Insurance

By naming, Voices of Change, as a primary or secondary beneficiary of a life insurance policy, your estate will be allowed an estate-tax charitable deduction. To make this gift to Voices of Change, please contact your insurance agent and request a beneficiary form. For more information on how to make Voices of Change the beneficiary of your life insurance, please contact Nicole Moehring, Founder/Executive Director at: 440-864-7074 or NMoehring@voicesofchange2018.com

Retirement Plan

By naming Voices of Change as a beneficiary of retirement plans, your estate can achieve substantial tax savings. Typically, retirement assets are subject to high taxes however, by designating Voices of Change as your beneficiary, the gift will not be subject to estate tax and we will not pay income tax on the distribution. For more information on how to make Voices of Change the beneficiary of your retirement plan, please contact Nicole Moehring, Founder/Executive Director at: 440-864-7074 or NMoehring@voicesofchange2018.com

Trust or Will

Designate a specific dollar amount or percentage to Voices of Change, in your Trust or Will. For more information on how to make Voices of Change the beneficiary of your trust or will, please contact Nicole Moehring, Founder/Executive Director at: 440-864-7074 or NMoehring@voicesofchange2018.com

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