Cleveland Kidnapping Survivor to Speak at Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Annual Luncheon

Michelle Knight

Charleston, S.C, September 7, 2018 – Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, the region’s leading resource to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families, announced today that Cleveland kidnapping survivor, Michelle Knight, will be the speaker at the Center’s annual luncheon. Guests of the luncheon will hear Knight’s story firsthand, detailing her heroism, survival and healing process. Speaking openly about her experiences, Knight imparts vital lessons for other survivors, sharing invaluable takeaways for those who work with victims of trauma and abuse.

“Our goal for this event is to raise awareness about the issue of child abuse and to highlight the resiliency of survivors,” says Dr. Carole C. Swiecicki, Dee Norton’s executive director and CEO. “At the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, we want people to know that children can and do heal from this type of abuse, and Michelle is an excellent example of healing.”

Michelle Knight, who now goes by the name Lily Rose Lee, was held captive in the Cleveland home of Ariel Castro for 11 years before she escaped. A survivor of torture and abuse, Knight has shared her story in two best-selling books, Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed and the newly released Life After Darkness: Finding Healing and Happiness After the Cleveland Kidnappings. Knight, an international and New York Times best-selling author, is now committed to being a strong voice for victims. Her unforgettable story and inspiring message continue to touch lives and make a positive impact around the world.

This event will be held at the Charleston Marriott (170 Lockwood Drive) on October 5, 2018 at 11:30am. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

About Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center
The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center is the region’s leading resource to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families. Primary services include forensic interviews, medical examinations and mental health assessments as well as immediate support and coordination. The center also provides evidence-based therapy to child victims and their families. For more information, visit

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