In Her Own Words…A Survivors Story


The 8th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council 2019
Friday, June 21, 2019
Quincy Senior & Family Resource Center
639 York St. Quincy, IL 62301

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In Her Own Words…. A Survivor’s Story
Janet Paulsen was the portrait of suburbia perfection in November 2015. She was the executive vice president of the Acworth Baseball Association, supporting her athletic and active twin, 13-year-old boys. She and her husband of 15 years owned a mortgage servicing business. She was in the best shape of her life, having just trained for and completed a grueling Savage Race. The Volunteer of the Year Award, given by the Georgia Parks and Recreation Association, had just been minted with her name as its recipient. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Ms. Paulsen also had an 18 year career in the shopping center industry. She managed and marketed regional malls and outlet centers on behalf of the developers. Unfortunately, Janet was also living a different life behind closed doors. She was living with an abusive, alcoholic husband — a living nightmare sleeping beside her every night. On November 5, 2015 her then husband attempted to kill her by shooting her 6 times leaving her right leg paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury. She survived after multiple surgeries and physical therapy and chooses to live her life to the fullest by taking care of her boys, sports such as scuba diving and water skiing and by being a Voice for others living in similar situations. In sharing her story she empowers other survivors and victims’ by providing valuable insight into her experience of navigating through an imperfect system. This information helps to shed light on existing gaps and will allow participating in professionals who serve victims with ideas of how to make improvements that could help save lives.

May 29th, 2019

An Evening with Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Ron Powers

Please join our friends at Transitions for this wonderful event! Mr. Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, an Emmy award-winning TV commentator and a 3 time NYT bestselling author. He is the author of Flags of our Fathers, True Compass, and Mark Twain: A Life. His latest work, “No One Cares About Crazy People” details his journey parenting his two sons diagnosed with schizophrenia and is highly acclaimed. Proceeds will benefit the Transitions Foundation.

Friday, April 26, 2019

General Admission $15.00 – 7:30 p.m.

Preferred Seating $25.00 – 7:30 p.m.

Meet & Greet with the Author – $75.00 – 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are On Sale Now! Call Oakley Lindsay Center Box Office (217) 222.3209 or order online at (See Upsoming Event | $1.00 for CC processing)

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April 23rd, 2019

Flag Raising Ceremony


• April 12, 2019, 12:00 Noon
• 5th Street Side of the Adams County Courthouse
• To honor April as Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month
• For more information, call Advocacy Network for Children at 217-223-2272

Advocacy Network for Children is planning a flag raising ceremony in honor of April being National Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month.  The flag raising ceremony is to honor child victims who have been abused, neglected, or have lost their life to abuse or neglect over the years.  The event will take place on Friday, April 12th, at noon on the 5th Street side of the Adams County Courthouse, 521 Vermont Street.  A local law enforcement Honor Guard will be present for the raising of the flag and local agencies and organizations in the county, as well as the general public, are invited to attend. 

Since opening its doors nearly 30 years ago, Advocacy Network for Children has advocated for thousands of abused and neglected children in Adams County.  Protecting and upholding the rights of children when wrongs have been committed against them is the heart of its mission.

Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.  Some staggering facts include:  a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds; more than five children die every day as a result of child abuse; about 30% of abused or neglected children will later abuse their own children; and more than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.  As reported by Childhelp (

April 4th, 2019