"I turned my passion into my job: I expose child sex offenders and the cover-up of child sex abuse all over the country."
With her “in the trenches” approach, Joelle is using her depth of knowledge to bring public awareness to the scope and scale of this global crisis and the profound effects of this crime on victims and their communities.
Her expertise includes how institutions such as the Roman Catholic Church, public schools, and other organizations cover up and enable child sexual assault; the role parents play in prevention; and how to eradicate and end the cycle through emerging technology and strong victim-friendly legislation.
Joelle is the leader of STOP: Survivors Taking on Predators. The STOP Team leads the nation in changing laws to allow more survivors to come forward, exposing predators and institutional cover-ups, and protecting tens of thousands of children.
As a founding member of the board of directors of the Zero Abuse Project she has helped launch ZeroAbuse.ai, an innovative AI tool that evaluates the risk factors that suggest potential predatory individuals within an organization and those associated with cover-up.
Joelle also works with numerous organizations dedicated to stopping child sexual assault, child sex trafficking, and sexual assault within institutions and is a sought-after speaker across the globe addressing schools, universities, governmental organizations, corporations, parents, NGOs, conventions, and civic groups on all aspects of child sexual abuse prevention, healing, and the exposure of the cover-up.
Her wildly successful TEDx talk is being used by therapists in the clinic setting to help survivors of abuse and assault. And as the leader of STOP: Survivors Taking On Predators she and her STOP team are focused on changing laws that will allow more survivors to come forward, expose predators and institutional cover-ups while protecting tens of thousands of children.
In The Well-Armored Child: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Child Sexual Abuse (RiverGrove Books), The Compassionate Response: How to help and empower the adult victim of child sexual abuse, and The Power of Responsibility (based on her TEDx talk.), Joelle offers tools and strategies for the masses. Her writing has been featured in The Orange County Register, Parenting.com, The Los Angeles Times, and hundreds of other blogs and magazines nationwide. Joelle is also a former member of the adjunct faculty of the UCI School of Law.