The Go Blue 4 Kids Breakfast brings community members together to talk about the uncomfortable, but real, subject of child abuse.
The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center invites guest speakers to empower and educate our audience about child abuse during April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Speakers share personal stories about overcoming the trauma of child abuse and their transition from victim to survivor.
Sayeh Rivazfar is the oldest of six children. She has been employed with the New York State Police since 2003 and was promoted to Investigator in 2016. She has been a board member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children since 1996. In Sayeh’s early childhood, she, her sister Sara, and brother Arash became victims of mental and physical child abuse at the hands of their biological mother who lived in Pensacola, Florida. On September 22, 1988, Sayeh, then age 8 and Sara, age 6, were kidnapped from their home during the late night by a man known as one of their mother’s boyfriends. Wike had taken the girls to a nearby wooded area, raped Sayeh for hours, and then left them for dead. As a result of her experiences, Sayeh has become the voice for other victims.
Past Keynote Speakers
Dawn Schiller (2019)
Expert survivor-leader in the anti-trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault movements
Jenna Quinn (2018)
Survivor and author of Pure in Heart: A Memoir of Overcoming Abuse and Passing Jenna’s Law
Kevin Mulcahy (2017)
Survivor and Assistant U.S. District Attorney
Matthew Sandusky (2016)
Survivor, Founder and Executive Director of Peaceful Hearts Foundation
Marilyn Van Derbur (2014)
Survivor and author of Miss America by Day: Lessons Learned from Ultimate Betrayals and Unconditional Love
PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH IN APRIL