Here’s what people who have heard her speak have to say:
As a development professional for more than 17 years, I have worked with many celebrity guests and speakers; very few have captivated an audience and motivated the community to action like Janine Latus. As keynote speaker for the 2017 Women Against Violence luncheon, Janine took us along her tumultuous journey of sexual assault, violence, murder and ultimate survival. We sometimes forget how powerful words can be, until we hear someone as inspirational as Janine Latus. I was fortunate to see this firsthand when Janine’s words encouraged a guest at my table to speak out about her abuse and seek help. If not for Janine’s powerful delivery as a narrator, this young woman may have returned home to continued physical abuse or worse. Janine’s life experiences and the way she enthralls her audience reminds us why we chose to work in this field and continue to push that much harder to eradicate violence in all forms.
Virginia Beach, VA
Author, speaker and domestic violence advocate, Janine Latus, knows how to tell a story and captivate an audience. She received a standing ovation moving many to tears. The audience clearly identified with Janine, realizing the serious nature of our organization’s work and as a result, were highly motivated to give. Within the window of a 1-hour luncheon program, Janine helped Interface raise an additional $25,000 for a net total of $80,000. These proceeds are vital to our ability to intervene when crisis occurs and prevent abuse from occurring in the first place including 24-hour crisis response and shelter programs, sexual abuse and teen dating violence prevention programs.
Catherine L. Kort
Fund Development & Marketing Director
Interface Children & Family Services
I just wanted to say thank you for speaking at the naval base today. I was very touched/moved by you. You were AMAZING! I would love to have my wife listen to you if you ever come back to the area. Would you by chance know of or when you are coming back to CT? I was so moved by you today that I couldn’t wait to go home and tell her. I was completely speechless at the end of your talk. I wanted to shake your hand at the end, but the line was too long and I thought then that I would email you and show my appreciation. God Bless you.
Submariner (military personnel cannot allow me to reveal their names.)
Naval Submarine Base
New London, CT
I have seldom heard the undergraduate students on our campus quieter than when Janine Latus was speaking to them. At the end of my class, students filed out, shaking her hand and offering their thanks. Over the course of the three days she spent on our campus, she spoke in five classes, at a campus-wide program, and with clients at our local women’s shelter. On campus, I frequently saw students talking with her privately, sometimes with tears in their eyes. Janine helps victims of abuse understand that they neither deserved nor provoked it, and she encourages them on their own healing journeys. She is generous with her time and talents and unwavering in her crusade to spare others what she and her sister Amy endured. Her message resonates long after she has gone.
Lana A. Whited
Professor of English, Director of the Boone Honors Program, and campus advisor to Help Save the Next Girl
Thank you so much for speaking today. I had watched your talk online, but seeing you speak in person was even better. I know you must hear this everywhere, but you truly are inspiring. Thank you for speaking on behalf of all the victims of violence who do not have your gift. You are saving lives because of your calling and your love for your sister, which shows so clearly in your talk.
President, Virginia Professional Communicators
On behalf of the Domestic Violence program at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), We would like to extend our appreciation to Ms. Janine Latus for her presentation ̈A call to break the cycle of abuse: how do well-adjusted, successful women end up in strings of physically or emotionally abusive relationships?
The clever and compassionate narration of her sorrowful personal and family stories engaged the audience and contributed to create awareness of the Domestic Violence epidemic across generations,countries and cultural backgrounds. It also shed a light on what victims and their families go through when living under the terror of abuse and violence, as well as the process of identifying and trying to escape such perilous situations.
We were fortunate to have Ms. Latus as the keynote speaker for our Domestic Awareness Activities program of this year.
Inter-America Development Bank
Janine Latus was our keynote speaker at Old Dominion University for Stalking Awareness Month. She later agreed to be our local, celebrity cast member in the ODU performance of The Vagina Monologues. In both instances, Janine brought enormous energy and enthusiasm to her speaking roles. The ODU community could easily relate to her genuine and compelling style. As a writer, speaker, advocate and educator on issues of sexual and relationship violence, Janine is the voice of many silenced survivors. She has found a powerful way to harness her passion, commitment and talent to change the world.
Joann Bautti, MPA
Project Director, ODU U.S. Dept. of Justice Campus Grant
Assistant Director, Women’s Center
Old Dominion University
So thankful to Janine Latus for being a part of the USA VDay 2014 cast for an inspiring and empowering performance of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer! Janine was my friend and fellow warrior from ODU and she brought her story and advocacy to South Alabama with truth, courage, passion, and a strong voice to help give a phenomenal end V-Day 2014 and to the Half the Sky -Common Read/Common World program.
Krista Harrell, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students
University of South Alabama
I just wanted to let you know that the impact of your talk has been reverberating like a stone thrown into a pond. The splash was fantastic enough itself, but the ripples have been sobering and hopeful all at once.
I have received calls from attendees, one after the next, who want to help a friend, or a good friend’s sister or a sister’s good friend….We have been putting informational packets together not for clients—those, of course we have—but for the concerned loved ones who are tired of standing back shaking their heads and worrying, who heard the clarion call and feel inspired and empowered to do something to help. It’s very touching.
Your story sparked it in a big way. Thank you for mobilizing community members who feel helpless, as well as who knows how many actual victims in the audience.
Melissa Lukin, MBA,
Executive Director, Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
San Mateo, California
Janine is an amazing woman and poignant speaker. We were honored to feature her as our keynote at our signature fund raising event. Her speech was heart breaking and sobering, and truly inspirational. She is a survivor who motivated our attendees to donate more money and volunteer to support our mission. Based upon the feedback from our attendees, we know that her powerful message touched many hearts – a message that provides hope for anyone affected by domestic violence. Because of Janine, we raised more money this year than in the 22 year history of hosting our event.
Milwaukee Women’s Center
Janine Latus is an inspirational speaker. She will touch your heart and mind. You can hear a pin drop when she speaks and the sound of a standing ovation when she’s done. Do not hesitate to invite this very dynamic keynote speaker! She will move the audience into action.
Gael Strack, CEO
National Family Justice Center Alliance
Janine’s unforgettable story of abuse is two-fold. First, she told of her personal abusive relationship … to the outside world, they looked perfect. They had a beautiful home, money, social status, all of the things that would reflect their affluent lifestyle. However, what people did not know about was his extremely controlling behavior.
Second, Ms. Latus told the heartfelt story about her sister Amy, whose abusive relationship ultimately led to her murder. Ms. Latus’ candor as the story unfolds draws the audience in. One can only imagine the emotions Janine felt as they looked desperately for her missing sister and later for the man who ended her life.
Ms. Latus is a gifted speaker and writer, but more importantly, Janine is a passionate advocate for domestic violence, who uses her gifts to educate the public and help others navigate through their own painful journey.
Midlands Family Justice Center
Visit APB’s speakers bureau contact page to request Janine as a speaker for your event.