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Kassie M. Edwards

Sexual Assault Victim Advocate & Board Member of DC Rape Crisis Center

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Kassie M. Edwards Biography

Kassie Edwards is a passionate public servant, advocate for victims of sexual assault, and museum professional. She is currently a curatorial research assistant at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and Fundraising Chair on the Board of Directors for the DC Rape Crisis Center. Edwards's dedication to ending sexual violence has made her an inspirational figure, who has been interviewed by CBS, BET, FOX, and the Washington Post.

In 2008, Edwards was raped by a stranger at Strozier Library while working in Florida State University's work-study program. Despite her traumatic experience, Edwards was determined to keep her academic goals in focus and completed her bachelor’s in African American Studies at FSU in 2010. She moved to Rhode Island shortly afterward to pursue a career in museum education at The Providence Children's Museum and then onto the DC Metro area to continue her career at the Smithsonian while earning her master's in Public Administration from Washington Adventist University in 2015.

In the Fall of 2014, First Lady, Michelle Obama, and then-Vice President Joe Biden invited Edwards to the White House as a Champion of Change in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

In 2016, she received the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund's 40 Under 40 award and the Zella Holbert Alumni Award from her alma mater, Washington Adventist University. In 2017, she was recognized for her public service efforts with the Aspiring Legends award from the Living Legends Service to Humanity organization. Bronx-born with Jamaican roots, Edwards calls St. Petersburg, FL her hometown.

In her spare time, Edwards enjoys hosting dinner parties for her friends, writing poetry, watching CNN with her husband, and playing board games with her bonus kids.

Speaking Topics
  • Why We Blame the Victim: Societal Psychoanalysis

    Victim blaming occurs when the victim of a crime or any wrongful act is held entirely or partially responsible for the harm that befell them. There is a greater tendency to blame victims of rape than victims of robbery in cases where victims and perpetrators know one another.

    Racial Stereotypes: A report from the American Psychological Association shows that: "Teachers sometimes … hold beliefs that girls of color are 'hypersexual'."

    Amelioration or Behavioral Forecasting Bias: People consistently think that it's easier to stand up for yourself than it actually is.

    Vulnerability: Victims threaten our sense that the world is a safe and moral place

    Derogation: Locating the cause of their suffering in their own behavior, but not in their enduring characteristics, in an effort to make negative events seem more controllable and therefore more avoidable in the future.

  • Stereotypes of Rape Victims and Rapists

    Rape stereotypes are false beliefs about sexual assaults, rapists and rape victims. They sometimes serve to excuse sexual violence, create antipathy toward victims and often lead to bias in criminal prosecution (i.e. a rape victim's sexual history is questioned)

  • Combating Victim blaming

    This talk deals with the problem many people face when coming forward with their sexual assault experience: victim blaming. This talk will teach you to:

    • Empathize
    • Consider all the facts
    • How to treat a victim with compassion
    • Convey Belief

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  • What are the speaker fees for Kassie M. Edwards

    Speaking fees for Kassie M. Edwards, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Kassie M. Edwards are under $10,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Kassie M. Edwards, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Kassie M. Edwards speak about?

    Kassie M. Edwards is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Activism, Black History, Diversity Speakers, Health and Wellness, Sexual Violence, Social Justice, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Kassie M. Edwards travel from?

    Kassie M. Edwards generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Kassie M. Edwards’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Kassie M. Edwards for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kassie M. Edwards for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Kassie M. Edwards or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Sexual Assault Victim Advocate & Board Member of DC Rape Crisis Center

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Kassie M. Edwards Biography

Kassie Edwards is a passionate public servant, advocate for victims of sexual assault, and museum professional. She is currently a curatorial research assistant at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and Fundraising Chair on the Board of Directors for the DC Rape Crisis Center. Edwards's dedication to ending sexual violence has made her an inspirational figure, who has been interviewed by CBS, BET, FOX, and the Washington Post.

In 2008, Edwards was raped by a stranger at Strozier Library while working in Florida State University's work-study program. Despite her traumatic experience, Edwards was determined to keep her academic goals in focus and completed her bachelor’s in African American Studies at FSU in 2010. She moved to Rhode Island shortly afterward to pursue a career in museum education at The Providence Children's Museum and then onto the DC Metro area to continue her career at the Smithsonian while earning her master's in Public Administration from Washington Adventist University in 2015.

In the Fall of 2014, First Lady, Michelle Obama, and then-Vice President Joe Biden invited Edwards to the White House as a Champion of Change in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

In 2016, she received the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund's 40 Under 40 award and the Zella Holbert Alumni Award from her alma mater, Washington Adventist University. In 2017, she was recognized for her public service efforts with the Aspiring Legends award from the Living Legends Service to Humanity organization. Bronx-born with Jamaican roots, Edwards calls St. Petersburg, FL her hometown.

In her spare time, Edwards enjoys hosting dinner parties for her friends, writing poetry, watching CNN with her husband, and playing board games with her bonus kids.

Kassie M. Edwards Speaking Topics

  • Why We Blame the Victim: Societal Psychoanalysis

    Victim blaming occurs when the victim of a crime or any wrongful act is held entirely or partially responsible for the harm that befell them. There is a greater tendency to blame victims of rape than victims of robbery in cases where victims and perpetrators know one another.

    Racial Stereotypes: A report from the American Psychological Association shows that: "Teachers sometimes … hold beliefs that girls of color are 'hypersexual'."

    Amelioration or Behavioral Forecasting Bias: People consistently think that it's easier to stand up for yourself than it actually is.

    Vulnerability: Victims threaten our sense that the world is a safe and moral place

    Derogation: Locating the cause of their suffering in their own behavior, but not in their enduring characteristics, in an effort to make negative events seem more controllable and therefore more avoidable in the future.

  • Stereotypes of Rape Victims and Rapists

    Rape stereotypes are false beliefs about sexual assaults, rapists and rape victims. They sometimes serve to excuse sexual violence, create antipathy toward victims and often lead to bias in criminal prosecution (i.e. a rape victim's sexual history is questioned)

  • Combating Victim blaming

    This talk deals with the problem many people face when coming forward with their sexual assault experience: victim blaming. This talk will teach you to:

    • Empathize
    • Consider all the facts
    • How to treat a victim with compassion
    • Convey Belief

Kassie M. Edwards Videos

  • Its On Us

FAQs on booking Kassie M. Edwards

  • How do I book Kassie M. Edwards to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Kassie M. Edwards for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Kassie M. Edwards, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Kassie M. Edwards or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Kassie M. Edwards

    Speaking fees for Kassie M. Edwards, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Kassie M. Edwards are under $10,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Kassie M. Edwards, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Kassie M. Edwards speak about?

    Kassie M. Edwards is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Activism, Black History, Diversity Speakers, Health and Wellness, Sexual Violence, Social Justice, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Kassie M. Edwards travel from?

    Kassie M. Edwards generally travels from Washington, DC, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Kassie M. Edwards’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Kassie M. Edwards for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kassie M. Edwards for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Kassie M. Edwards or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Kassie M. Edwards is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Why We Blame the Victim: Societal Psychoanalysis, Stereotypes of Rape Victims and Rapists and Combating Victim blaming. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kassie M. Edwards for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Kassie M. Edwards generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tarana Burke, Gabrielle Union, Dr. Kimberly Harden, Dwinita Mosby Tyler and Deanna Van Buren. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kassie M. Edwards for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Kassie M. Edwards Speaking Topics

  • Why We Blame the Victim: Societal Psychoanalysis

    Victim blaming occurs when the victim of a crime or any wrongful act is held entirely or partially responsible for the harm that befell them. There is a greater tendency to blame victims of rape than victims of robbery in cases where victims and perpetrators know one another.

    Racial Stereotypes: A report from the American Psychological Association shows that: "Teachers sometimes … hold beliefs that girls of color are 'hypersexual'."

    Amelioration or Behavioral Forecasting Bias: People consistently think that it's easier to stand up for yourself than it actually is.

    Vulnerability: Victims threaten our sense that the world is a safe and moral place

    Derogation: Locating the cause of their suffering in their own behavior, but not in their enduring characteristics, in an effort to make negative events seem more controllable and therefore more avoidable in the future.

  • Stereotypes of Rape Victims and Rapists

    Rape stereotypes are false beliefs about sexual assaults, rapists and rape victims. They sometimes serve to excuse sexual violence, create antipathy toward victims and often lead to bias in criminal prosecution (i.e. a rape victim's sexual history is questioned)

  • Combating Victim blaming

    This talk deals with the problem many people face when coming forward with their sexual assault experience: victim blaming. This talk will teach you to:

    • Empathize
    • Consider all the facts
    • How to treat a victim with compassion
    • Convey Belief

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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