A woman who took a stand against sexual abuse – and paid for it- will speak at North Platte Community College on Sept. 13.
Stacey Lannert is currently free, emotionally and physically, from her difficult past. Lannert was released from prison in 2009 after serving 18 years for killing her father, who raped her for more than a decade.
Lannert was 18 at the time of the murder. She was initially sentenced to life in prison without parole, but Missouri Governor Matt Blunt commuted her sentence based on the circumstances. He told Lannert he expected her to make a difference with her life. She has done just that.
Now living in St. Louis, Lannert's sharing her story so other women can learn from her mistakes.
"I want to help end sexual abuse in America by putting a voice to it, helping other women find their voice, talking about what happened to me and making it OK for others to talk about what happened to them. Hopefully, we can make a change," Lannert said on the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in May of 2009.
Her half hour interview with Oprah and message of strength, hopefulness and inspiration was viewed by 40 million people.
"Nancy Grace," "20/20," "Larry King Live," "American Justice" and "The Montel Williams Show" are just a handful of the television shows Lannert has appeared on.
She has also been featured in "Marie Claire" and "Glamour" magazines, and her autobiography, "Redemption: A Story of Sisterhood, Survival, and Finding Freedom Behind Bars," was released by Random House in 2011.
Lannert is the founder of the non-profit organization, Healing Sisters, which provides support for other women who have suffered from abuse. It gives them a place to meet, share their stories and heal their wounds.
Lannert also travels the country as a motivational speaker. She was named one of the "Hot Speakers of 2010" by "Campus Activities Magazine." Her presentations include:
- How to spot sexual and emotional abuse and what to do about it.
- The importance of speaking up, telling the truth and never being ashamed of who you are.
- The power of hope, forgiveness and helping others
- How the legal system deals with sexual abuse and women.
- What people can do to improve their lives and help others
Her presentation in North Platte is sponsored by the NPCC Student Life Department. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC's South Campus. It's free and open to the public.