Sustaining Bravery During Difficult Times | Vanessa Timmons | TEDxSalem

Resiliency for activists and self-care as acts of revolution.

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Vanessa Timmons is the executive director of the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, a nonprofit organization that works throughout the state to end violence in all communities. Timmons is also a mother, a grandmother, and a survivor of sexual abuse. She sees healing as a community-wide action, not just something that individual assault and violence survivors must do.

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