ATLANTA — Remarkable woman and author Joyce Reed has gone from victim to victor by flipping the script on her living hell, and put meaning behind her searing pain of multiple sexual assaults that turned her life into one continuous car crash. She has turned tragedy into triumph by penning a powerful and poignant book, Hurt Used to Live Here, created the “Hurt 2 Heal” foundation, invented a line of unique defense weapons and has become a major spokesperson against the crimes of incest, rape and other sexual violence.
This past week, Reed and her team also facilitated a spectacular “Speechless No More” fashion show that helps illuminate and put a voice on the national shame that America does not put enough emphasis on: stopping people, particularly young girls and boys, from becoming victims of unwanted sexual crimes that destroy innocent lives, sometimes forever.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month.
Kathy Patterson-Taylor’s Tell All Inc. coordinated the “Speechless No More” gala at, most appropriately, former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Dwight Eubanks’ Purple Door Salon near downtown Atlanta. The fashion show was handled by renowned artistic director Jocynthia Mason, while Patterson-Taylor and host Shay McCray flossed with dressed created through Nate Hudson designs. Marie Harris produced a song that brought Reed to tears, while Pumpkin Harris Byrd performance punctuated a powerful evening. The prestigious proceedings were also sponsored Nigel V Walwyn’s delicious adult beverage Ou Oui.
Take a look at the photographic highlights from the event by flipping the e-page.