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Victims' Advocate Speaks at School of Law

September 23, 2010

On Friday, September 24, Liberty University School of Law will welcome Lorraine Reed Whoberry, founder of the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation. Ms. Whoberry will speak to the students, faculty, and staff of the Liberty University community in the Supreme Courtroom at 1:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Criminal Law Society at Liberty University School of Law.

Ms. Whoberry, born in Fort Worth, Texas and raised in a loving environment, had questions about Christianity and sought contentment. She eventually married and was blessed with two daughters. Following the deaths of her grandmother and father, her marriage ended in divorce. At last, Ms. Whoberry surrendered her life to Christ. In 1999, her life was tragically changed when her two teenage daughters were brutally attacked in their home–Stacie was murdered, and Stacie’s younger sister, Kristie, violently attacked and raped, was left for dead.

Following the aftermath of the brutal crime, Ms. Whoberry was unable to get the help and answers she needed to cope. She then started the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation to honor her two daughters and to strengthen victim advocacy. Ms. Whoberry and Kristie found hope and healing by reaching out to others. "We have been dealt this life sentence and we choose to live it by making a difference in our community, surrounding communities and across the country," said Whoberry.

The S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation, which stands for Striving Towards Achieving Compassion, Intervention and Education, offers "The Impact of Victimization" seminars to victims, law enforcement agencies, victim witness programs, prosecuting and defense attorneys, judges, universities (political science students), and inmates. The seminars are presented by Ms. Whoberry who is joined by Detective Richard Leonard, the detective assigned to her daughter’s case.

"Appreciation goes to all law enforcement agencies who serve our communities as they work diligently to 'Serve and Protect' and bring justice to all victims. The closer we work together, the stronger our families and communities become," said Whoberry. "If we have helped one victim, we have succeeded in our journey."

More information about Ms. Whoberry and the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation can be found at www.staciefoundation.org.

Liberty University School of Law is committed to academic and professional excellence in the context of the Christian intellectual tradition. For more information about the law school or future events at the law school please visit www.law.liberty.edu or call 434-592-5300.