This year’s speaker for the 2019 Circle of Friends Luncheon is Theresa Flores.

Theresa is a licensed social worker, author, international public speaker, expert on human trafficking, and a survivor, with a story rooted right here in Oakland County.

As a teenager, she was drugged, raped, and trafficked into sexually slavery – a situation she remained in while living at home with her family, completely unaware, in Birmingham.

At the Circle of Friends Luncheon on January 24th, she will share the account of her survival, and of what she’s done since to help rescue other victims of human trafficking.

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by Brittany Bartkowiak with Nicole Dekker

Michigan Radio’s Believed podcast has come to a close after 8 riveting and raw episodes (plus an epilogue). Ultimately, Larry Nassar was convicted and will spend the rest of his life behind bars – even though it should have never taken this long. 


While listening to the podcast, I was shocked by how many people involved in the Nassar investigation just flat out didn’t believe the multiple girls who came forward. This doubt is one of the primary reasons why not all perpetrators end up with a fate like Larry’s.

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We talked before about the abuse that happened in Larry Nassar’s basement, but most of Larry’s abuse happened in a doctor’s office…with a parent merely an arm’s reach away.

Most people who hear these facts instantly have two questions:

  1. How could a parent possibly be in the same room while their child is abused?
  2. Why didn’t the kids scream out or tell their parent while the abuse was happening?

We hear questions like this ALL the time at CARE House; things like, “But they were never home alone together, so how could it have happened?” or “I was in the room the whole time, I didn’t see anything.