BA Eng, MA Sped Ed/Ed, MA ESL, PhD ABD Psych
to connect with any who relate to or care about abuse on any and all levels.
to see gaps of understanding bridged between all who come in touch with victimization.whether between victims, survivors, first responders, aggressors, perpetrators, or mere bystanders.
Victim to Survivor, LLC has retired!
From Victim to Survivor was founded in 2015 by its CEO and President, Melisa Mel. Mel took her passion for working with victimology and advocating for others to a superlative degree. The growth that From Victim to Survivor saw in these three years has been impressive. Here is a bit of its history:
2015 saw Mel hosting 32 events. This averaged one event every 11 days. 786 people were reached in person by Mel. An unknown number of people were reached via media (LinkedIn, Newspapers and From Victim to Survivor’s website). From Victim to Survivor stayed local in Arizona.
2016 saw Mel hosting 78 events. This averaged one event every 5 days. 1369 people were reached in person by Mel. An unknown number of people were reached via media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Radio, Newspapers and From Victim to Survivor’s website). From Victim to Survivor went national in 2016.
2017 saw Mel hosting 118 events. This averaged one event every 3 days. 2194 people were reached in person by Mel. An unknown number of people were reached via media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Radio, Newspapers and From Victim to Survivor’s website). From Victim to Survivor went international in 2017.
Melisa Mel is the CEO, Founder, and President of From Victim to Survivor, LLC. She is a respected author and her books can be viewed by clicking on the "Books" tab above. Melisa Mel retired From Victim to Survivor so that she could focus on her writing. She has published twelve books and is continuing on in this endeavor.
Mel’s expertise in the fields of victimology, eating disorders, safety, special needs, sexual violence, domestic violence, communication, recidivism, and diversity came to be well publicized over the three years she ran her company. By the time From Victim to Survivor retired in December of 2017, Mel had received requests to present in states from all around the USA and places as far as New Delhi, India.
This expansion and growth created a need for a reanalysis to occur. This reanalysis led its CEO and President, Melisa Mel, to realize that it would be impossible to continue to grow her company while still working and still writing. Therefore, as happens many times in business, difficult decisions had to be made.
Although it seemed paradoxical to retire a company when it was at its peak and had achieved a well-known and well-respected status, the bold decision made by Mel was to honorably retire From Victim to Survivor so that she could focus on her writing.
Mel expressed extensive thanks to all the people, agencies, companies, groups, associations, and centers which had made use of her services from 2015 to 2017. The support shown to her via the various media sources and the encouragement expressed from those who followed her on LinkedIn and Face Book were a strong motivator to keep the company active.
The mission was always about bringing awareness to social issues and resources to those who need them. It is easy to say that Mel proved to be exceptionally successful in doing so. From Victim to Survivor will be missed but without a doubt, Melisa Mel’s advocating will continue to be present via her current publications and those which she will be publishing in the future.
Thank you to From Victim to Survivor for your years of service and good luck to Melisa Mel in her future endeavors. There is no doubt that she will have continued success as her drive and efficiency have been proven time and time again.
Mel's cargo pants logo:
Cargo pants are a reflection of who Mel is as a person.
Both Mel and cargo pants are simple, efficient, practical, down-to-earth, functional, comfortable, flexible, gender neutral, and represent the dependability of the fields in which Mel prefers to work - that of First Responder.
How a First Responder acts and what they say when reaching out to a victim will be the key as to whether that victim will seek further assistance or not. First Responders are critical in combating abuse.
First Responders come in many different roles. Anybody can be a First Responder. They are simply the FIRST person to RESPOND by addressing the victimization in someone's life. Whether in a paid position, a volunteer position, a family position, or simply a bystander position, we all have the opportunity to be First Responders at some point. The point is, will we grab that First Responder role and run with it? Will we accept the challenge of being such an important person to someone that we might not even know?
When Mel stands in front of a group of people, they will find that she has a way of reaching the audience by her straightforward, natural and non-judgmental approach. No matter to what group of people she speaks, the audience leaves motivated to take action in some manner or another. Naturally, Mel will come to you wearing her cargo pants and the usual big smile on her face.
Check out Mel's photo gallery to learn more about what things really matter to her! :)