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As a child this Lafayette woman’s innocence was stolen. As an adult she found her voice. And discovered the truth can, indeed, set you free. How an ordinary woman showed extraordinary courage and found justice. APRIL 2011



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For decades Pam Frey was silent. For years she bore a shame that was not hers. And then in her 40s, she spoke out against the monster who stole her innocence. How one woman saved the next generation and fearlessly shares her story empowering other victims.

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The brave men of Lafayette don heels for a one-of-a-kind event.


The steps to take now – no matter your age – to find your very own key to young supple skin.


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"Many women tell me they would love to wear spring dresses but just don’t want to bare their arms. I always have a great selection of cover-ups for you that are much more exciting than that basic black cardigan."

Our undercover foodie reveals the best in Acadiana eats.


Four educators making a difference in the lives of Acadiana’s students.


Children’s fashion for it all – from Easter Sunday to easy days at the park.


Spring’s softest colors and most delicate of shapes pair for a sweet combination that’s less sugar and more grownup perfection.


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The shame brought onto the family is not by the victim – ever – it’s the perpetrator.”

“I love maxis. I truly feel with this one piece of clothing you are instantly transformed to a classic beauty. The most versatile dress than any other in your closet, you can belt them, wear sandals or heels with them, and basically put any cover up over them like blazers or floral printed cardigans like this one.”

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he older I get the more I appreciate spring. With each year that passes I am more confident that this is my favorite time of year. I don’t know whether it’s the hope of new life, those vibrant blooming azaleas or the promise of longer days and more light. But, something about spring puts a special kind of spring in my step. As we prepared this April issue of FACE I celebrated the first birthday of my niece, who is a living, breathing (really fast moving) example of all that is spring. During a trip back to Arkansas to celebrate that milestone we spent the afternoon at a local attraction that boasts acres of yellow daffodils. Watching her glee as she bound through the rows of vibrant flowers was a reminder of how often as adults we forget to wonder at the beauty of such simple things. And how quickly we allow our lives to move without taking Biz Card Document Size 3.625 x 2.125 (Durel wants(destroying) the 1/16” bleed built a moment each My niece, Emery, enjoying thein)daffodils. Object/Crop Area/Make: to make pdf that will CROP Artboard size spring to stop and smell the flowers – whether it is literally or figuratively. And so this spring we hope you take a few moments to do just that. In our April fashion we found beautiful blooms at both Acadian

Heart Ball, American Heart Association, 6:30 p.m., Heart Hospital of Lafayette. Call Abigail Lacy for more information at 870-213-5194 or email

Village and Vermilionville where spring was, indeed, in the air. We have the sweetest of dressing for little ones as well as decidedly delicate pieces for the grownups – all beginning on page 38. For our April issue we wanted to bring light to a subject never before broached by a cover girl as this month the nation recognizes Sexual Violence Assault Awareness. It is a subject that in a world where often anything goes it seems to be the last great taboo to discuss. And so, it was not an easy task to find a victim willing to be the voice (and FACE’s face). Hearts of Hope pointed us to Pam Frey, a petite mother of two who has the voice of a giant and a bravery few will ever demonstrate. She is a humble woman quick to claim she is ordinary. But, what she has achieved after suffering years of abuse as a child at the hands of her uncle and the loss of her innocence is absolutely nothing short of extraordinary. She is living proof that no matter how destroyed a person may feel or be – there is the hope of victory. And there is but one key to freedom – the truth. So this spring as flowers bloom and light lingers longer, make a point to revisit the joy of things often ignored. And shed a little light of your own, wherever and however you can. Amanda Bedgood is the editor of FACE Magazine. Send your fashion inspirations, interesting stories and other musings to

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Walk for Babies for March of Dimes, River Ranch Town Square, 8 a.m. Call Jamie Crain at 233-8476 for more information.

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Fashion for Hope to benefit Autism Society of Acadiana, Trynd, 8 p.m. with summer fashion from Juju's in River Ranch. For more information go to

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Rhythms on the River. River Ranch Town Square. Feufollet (Cajun).

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DTA! 5:30 p.m., Parc International. Nik-L Beer (Classic Covers & Variety).

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes walk and 5K for Hearts of Hope, River Ranch Town Square, 8 a.m. Men walk in heels. Women and children walk for $10. Register for 5K separate. For more information call 269-1557.

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The United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants from Washington DC - Free Concert, 7:30 p.m., Heymann Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Get tickets at the Heymann Center Box Office. For more information call 2915555.


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Rhythms on the River. River Ranch Town Square. Sammy Kershaw (Country).

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Acadiana Culinary Classic to benefit Hearts of Hope, 7 p.m. Cajundome Convention Center. Tickets are $100.


Go Red for Women luncheon, American Heart Association, Hilton Lafayette, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Abigail Lacy for more information at 870-2135194 or email

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The Avec Souci Garden Tour Fundraiser 2011 “Les Beaux Jardins” is slated for Sunday, April 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. The donation for attending is $15 in advance and $20 at the gardens with proceeds benefitting local charities. Tickets are available from any Avec Souci member, Albertsons on Johnston Street only, All Seasons Nursery and Landscape, Pieces of Eight, The Gardenaire, Champagne’s Market, The Cottage Shoppe and The Garden Center. The event door prize is a Vivian Alexander bracelet. The locations for the 2012 tour are: Mrs. Robert Earle Billeaud 106 Cellar Court (Host Home) Sydney and Yvonne Domas 100 Supreme Court Donna and Alan Hebert 307 Princeton Woods Loop Kansas and Jean Hernandez 300 River Ranch Boulevard Kevin and Monica Tauzin 323 Thibodaux Drive For more information go to or call 984-7826. (A

tentative rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20 from 3 to 7 p.m.)


Rose Society Tour

The Acadiana Rose Society Garden Tour is slated for April 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. with a chance to see the most beautiful in roses at no charge. This year’s rose tour in Lafayette features the gardens of three Acadiana Rose Society members. Dr. Bob & Holly Fell’s Garden 121 Peck Blvd. Lafayette, La 70508 (off of Kaiste Salloom Rd.) This formal garden featuring 450 bushes will take your breath away. It contains many varieties of hybrid teas, floribundas, miniatures and climbers enjoy this fabulous garden. Mike Hamner’s Garden 200 W. University Avenue Lafayette, La.70506 (near the corner of University & Johnston Street) 150 roses grown in an English garden style in the center of town with plenty of companion plantings. A wonderful variety of hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers and old garden roses. Emily Hagius’ Garden 111 Maurice Street Lafayette, La.70506 (From Johnston St. turn onto Bertrand, turn left onto Dugas (next to Joey’s Meat Market). Go 2 blocks, turn left on Maurice ) Emily grows approx. 50 hybrid teas and floribundas in a whimsical

garden, surrounded by lots of companion plants. If you are interested in learning about growing better roses and making new friends the club is open to new members and meets each month (except in July). Dues are $15, which include monthly meetings and a monthly newsletter “Thorny Issues" which is full of rose growing tips. For more information on the ARS Rose Garden Tour or membership call B J Abshire at 981-4473.



the financial barriers to building their family through the gift of one IVF cycle estimated at $15,000. Couples interested in applying to the GIFT of HOPE 2011 must meet the following general eligibility criteria: • Have a documented medical need for in vitro fertilization. A letter explaining this need is required, on letterhead, from their reproductive endocrinologist or gynecologic professional; • Have a combined gross income of $80,000 a year or less before taxes; • Are Louisiana residents; • Have medical insurance coverage which includes prenatal care but does not include coverage for in vitro fertilization; • Are in a married, stable relationship and consent to counseling prior to treatment. Applicants must also submit with their application a letter describing, in their own words, the compelling nature of their need for fertility treatment. More information and a downloadable application can be found by accessing or calling 989-8795. Applications must be received by April 29, 2011. Since its creation in 2006, seven couples have been awarded the GIFT of HOPE and three babies have been born as a result. Visit fertilityanswers. com to read the stories behind each couples’ struggles with infertility.

Infertile couples in Acadiana have the opportunity for a free cycle of in vitro fertilization thanks to a joint charitable program launched by Fertility & Women’s Health Center of Louisiana, Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Sheridan Healthcare. The Gift of Hope chooses one infertile couple each year to overcome

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here are few events in Lafayette that include so many men in heels and none that raise monies for a more worthy cause. And while dozens of brave men don heels to stand up against sexual violence each year during Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, there is still much work to be done in terms of awareness of what might be the last great taboo. “It’s a crime people don’t want to talk about it because it’s so unfathomable,” says Jill Dugas of Hearts of Hope, an organization bringing aid to those who face sexual assault and violence. The organization (once known as Stuller Place) is a nonprofit that walks victims both young and old from hospital to courtroom and counseling beyond. They have professionals who conduct the medical exams


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specifically geared toward those who have suffered sexual violence and have a children’s advocacy center for forensic interviews. The center is a haven for people of all ages whether or not they are going through the court process. “We cover it all,” Jill says. And it’s all free. What’s not free is continuing to run the organization, which is where fundraisers like Walk a Mile become crucial. “Ignorance is not bliss,” she says of the often ignored issue. “We can’t function and survive as an agency if people keep ignoring the reality of it. Especially with economic change.” Jill points toward federal grant money cut backs that require fundraising efforts to increase. But, fundraising for this particular cause can be a challenge because it’s a subject many people would rather not think about or talk about. “It’s the type of crime, especially with children, you just can’t stomach,” she says noting that even after 13 years at Hearts of Hope there are days she cries at home when she hears about some of the cases. “People turn their heads on it because they can’t imagine something like this happening – much less to someone you know,” she says. “It happens and we can’t look on and do nothing. It hurts your heart. You feel the ache in your heart when you hear these stories.” And that’s all the more reason to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. The event is slated for April 16 at River Ranch Town Square and includes a one mile walk and a 5K. The 5K is a first for the event. The main attraction continues to be the men unashamed to stand up against sexual violence – in heels.




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“I think what makes it so unique is the concept behind it – getting more men involved. Typically men are abusers. It’s great for men to step up and speak out that not all men are like this. Men who are brave enough and man enough to step up to the cause and say that you don’t know what they’ve been through until you’ve walked in their shoes. And it’s hysterical.” Men are asked to raise $1,000 and walk in a pair of heels. Women and children can join them for $10. And there are prizes that go out with trophies for the Klutz Award, Best Legs, Best Strut and Best Shoe. To register go to

Presenting the GTO Band Doors open at 7:00 p.m. • City Club at River Ranch • Ticket price is $75 per person All proceeds benefit:


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The Fountain of Youth

BEAUTYMATTERS geenalecorgne

The simple secret to looking young just may be closer (and easier and cheaper) than you ever imagined


f you want to help prevent fine lines and wrinkles from appearing, the best antiaging product to start with is a moisturizer. During a skin care consultation, one of the first things I ask my clients is if they’re cleansing and moisturizing their skin every morning and night. While many women do wear moisturizers on a daily basis, many do not. Maybe you didn’t wear moisturizer in your youth and you’ve already begun to see the damage? The good news is that it's never too late to start a good habit – and wearing

moisturizer should be high on your good habit list.   Roughly 36 percent of aging is due to factors that are beyond

“The good news is that it's never too late to start a good habit …” our control – our genes and heritage. However, the rest is up to us. Moisturizers are so crucial to any skin care regimen. Just like drinking enough water every day

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helps to keep your body hydrated and organs functioning properly – moisturizers will do the same for your skin. They penetrate deeply into your skin, nourish your skin cells and retain moisture that’s essential in keeping your skin soft and supple.    As women age, it's extremely important to change your moisturizing products. Like fashion, what worked at 20 looks a lot different on you at 40, and skincare products are no different.


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20s At this phase, prevention is the most essential part of skin care. Your teens may not have been the time that you developed good habits for your skin, but starting a dedicated moisturizer regiment in your 20s is essential to aging gracefully. The best place to start is by using a moisturizer with an SPF of 15 to 30. Using sunscreen should always be a part of your daily skin care routine, no matter what. Sunscreen aids in the prevention of premature aging, helping to make your skin look the actual age that it is — not older. We don’t see as many changes in our skin and body in our 20s, but things like exposure to the sun, poor dietary habits, alcohol consumption and smoking can have undesirable effects on your skin in the future. Start preventing damage while you’re still young. Your complexion will be grateful for the rest of your life. 

30s Between establishing a career, starting a family or just being busy, a hectic lifestyle can cause some serious stress on our skin. Unfortunately, a lot of

women become plagued with issues such as adultacne and inflammatory skin conditions because of work-related tension and hormonal fluctuations. We begin to see crow’s feet, age spots and fine lines appear around the eyes and mouth – all evidence of internal change beginning to surface. While it may seem like the end of the world, it’s not. These signs of aging can be helped with good-quality products and professional correctives. Things such as non-wounding peels along with a skincare regimen that includes resurfacing products can reduce the look of wrinkles, sun spots and blemishes, helping you hold onto your youth as long as possible.

40s As we cross the threshold of our 40s, more obvious differences will begin to occur due to skin beginning to lose its elasticity. You might see some sagging in the neck region and more smile and laugh lines imprinted into your complexion.  At this age, skin cells will take longer to migrate to the surface of your skin, so promoting cellular turnover and using products that will stimulate collagen

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production is crucial to encourage healthier, more youthful looking skin. Try incorporating things like antioxidants into both your skincare routine as well as your diet. It will assist in the prevention of further free-radical-provoked damage. Use products that are infused with vitamins A, C and E and, of course, be sure to have a good intake of your fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts and seeds. 

50+ Your skin’s ability to retain moisture and heal properly become significantly weakened due to internal changes after 50. Complexions may appear to be flaky or dry because of reduced natural reserves and hormonal oscillation. To help replenish the skin’s lipid barrier to repair the tone and texture, look for skincare treatments that contain essential vitamins, emollients and hormonal regulators such as soy isoflavones and pregnenolone.  These are believed to take part in hydration and skin immunity, help firm sagging skin, and even recreate definition.  Ultimately, we are responsible for nurturing our skin throughout the course of our lifetime, but co-partnering with a dermatologist and a skincare specialist will help

you look your best as you mature. Make time to see a dermatologist at least once a year and set aside a monthly facial budget.  (It'll cost you less than your monthly Starbucks tab!)  Working with a skincare specialist takes away most of the product guess-work and in the long run, will actually save you money. And, if you can't afford a facial – then go talk to one of the skincare reps at a local department store. Just try before you buy.  Everyone's skin reacts differently to products, so don't feel pressured into buying a line of moisturizers that you aren't 100 percent sure is right for your skin type.   The fountain of youth just may be as far as that jar of Ponds on our grandmother's vanity table. It really doesn't matter what product you use - keeping your skin protected is the goal.  Bottom line ladies, just don't leave home without it.




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Move of the Month Lunge & Curtsy







Photography by Penny Moore

heila Plunkett, a certified personal trainer at Physiques, gives us a move that works the quads, gluts, hamstrings, shoulders and outer thigh. Repeat the entire move for 8 to 10 reps before doing it on left. Do two sets.

Start Position: Stand with feet together, one medium to heavy weight held with both hands waist high (you will be holding weight with both hands for entire move)

Lift right knee waist high as you lift both arms overhead.

From the knee lift, go straight into forward lunge as Pull leg and arms back, using core, to start position. Curtsy with right leg as you twist toward waist. you reach past your knee toward the floor.

Return to start position.

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Wedding Day

Undercover Connoisseur Blue Dog

I later learned that these incredible pieces of art (and Louisiana culture) are a part of Mr. Rodrigue’s personal gallery. If you appreciate Mr. Rodrique’s artistry (as I do), it is worth a visit to the restaurant for the artwork alone. That said, base upon my experience, I would highly recommend you sampling something from t was a Friday evening in South Louisiana and it was their amazing menu as well. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention during the season of Lent. I knew that my sacrificing the rather lively atmosphere of the establishment and the revelry meat for seafood wasn’t anything more than a symboli- happening in the bar to the right of the main dining area. I could cal gesture, as I would invariably dine upon some of the easily envision a libation in that setting following a hard day at best cuisine in the world. Such is the nature of dining in the desk. I will reserve such commentary for the future and foSouth Louisiana; however, seafood was on my intended menus cus solely on the wonderful meal I experienced. and I pondered my choices. I was again fortunate enough to be As I savored an expertly prepared martini, I studied the menu dining with a friend and their palate was set on the Blue Dog and was very pleased with the array of selections. For starters Café. As destiny had (on a rare occasion) intervened and alleviI opted for the seafood wantons served with plum and ginger ated my decision making process, I was poised to enjoy a delightsauce. This appetizer was outstanding! It consisted of an array ful Friday evening. of seafood surrounded by pepperjack and parmesan cheeses, Upon entering the Blue Dog Café (which is located at 1211 wrapped in a wonton skin and fried. It was touted on the menu West Pinhook Road in Lafayette), I was immediately awed by the as their “signature appetizer” and I can certainly understand vast number of George Rodrigue paintings that cover every wall. why. The delicately crunchy skin of a freshly fried wanton was in perfect contrast to the creamy blend of cheeses and seafood center. Adding to the delicacy was the dipping sauce which gave a sweet contrast to the savory element of the wanton. This was a real ‘wow’ and a definite reorder for my next visit. Each month FACE highlights the best in dining in Lafayette with an unnamed foodie. To ensure we get the most authentic experiences about town, we’ve decided to keep our connoisseur under wraps. Read on to learn about the area’s can’t-miss delectable dishes.


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In addition to the joy of conversation, another joy of dining with friends is sharing in their dining choices. On this particular evening, I also had the good fortune of sampling the Portabello Pizza appetizer. This fascinating dish utilizes a portabello mushroom instead of pizza dough as its base. The large mushroom caps are then drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and covered with herbs, shrimp, roasted peppers, jalapenos, roasted garlic, artichoke hearts and red onions. To add to this magnificent dish, it was then topped with feta pepperjack and parmesan cheeses, broiled and set in a beurre blanc sauce. To say the least, this is another that I highly recommend and can’t wait to taste again. I was torn between soup selections as I absolutely love a good corn and crab bisque. Instead, this evening, I opted for the Sherwood Forest Brie Bisque with Lump Crabmeat. I have to say, this was another excellent choice. It essentially consisted of a medley of wild mushrooms and lump crabmeat in a rich herbed brie cheese bisque. I had the cup sized serving, but I understand that the bowl sized portion is served in a toasted bowl. The spices were well balanced, the brie rich and creamy and the crabmeat plentiful. There were hints of smokiness in the creamy essence of the brie, which offered an ideal surrounding for the mushrooms and crabmeat. I hate quoting menus, but the Blue Dog accurately described this dish, it was truly a “culinary delight.”

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Blue Dog 1211 West Pinhook Rd, Lafayette 337-237-0005 • with a delicate sprinkling of jalapeno pepper. It was laced with spicy béchamel cream sauce, topped with pepperjack cheese and baked to a bubbly finish. To add to the magnificence, it was garnished with crab fingers and served with corn maque choux. Again, the crabmeat was plentiful and without shells. It was baked to perfection and the béchamel cream sauce was ideally spiced not to overwhelm the crab. The spinach was tastefully fresh and offered a textural base that was equally tantalizing to the taste buds. I confess, I was a bit apprehensive about how the jalapeno might work in the dish, but it was a very welcomed addition. It too added subtle textures and vibrant heat that made the dish come together beautifully. The crab fingers made for a delightful garnish and the maque choux a well balanced side. In lieu of dirty rice, I chose a salad (with a delectable bleu cheese dressing.) As everything else had been so scrumptious, I was compelled to sample a dessert. It had been a while since I had tasted bread pudding and the Blue Dog’s menu suggested that theirs was one not only worth tasting, but a “local favorite”. It was not the typical bread pudding. It was relatively light and served with a sumptuous pecan praline sauce. It was luxuriously nutty, savory and sweet. The buttery whipped cream topping (combined with the sauce) made every bite tantalizingly rich. I encourage you to stop by the Blue Dog Café and treat yourself. When you get there be sure to let them know that I piqued your interest. They also have a nice website, where you can get a feel for the place before you arrive:


As usual, I struggled with a main course selection. The menu was very diverse and there were so many appealing alternatives (and I was adhering to seafood only… imagine the quandary if I had been open to everything). My eye kept returning to the Crabmeat Florentine. I could not have been happier. This dish consisted of succulent lump crabmeat, set on a bed of spinach

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Letting Go

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etting go of the old to make room for the new can be difficult. Professional organizers talk about this step a lot and always advise that if you bring one thing new into your home (or life) then something old has got to go. While we all get excited about new possibilities or new moves, we also

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” –Joseph Campbell

at me. My response to them was this: There will never be a perfect time for anything if I keep procrastinating and letting doubt rule my life. I had to let go of the old and embrace the life that was waiting for me.

can be crippled by the fear of stepping out of our cushy comfort zone.

One of the commitments I made to myself a long time ago was to minimize my missed opportunities in life. I know I’d just hate myself if I arrived at the pearly gates thinking, “I just know I should have done...” whatever it was that I wanted to do and simply didn’t try.

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When I had made my decision to make the move here to Lafayette two years ago, I heard my own little gremlins nagging

Yes, selling my house and moving to another city was a major step for me, but I just knew that it was something I was meant to do. I had lived in my home in Baton Rouge for 24 years, raised my children there, and had some wonderful times there including three weddings. Yet, I just knew that another chapter of my life was beginning and it was time for me to let go of the old and embrace the new experiences that were waiting for me. So, here’s a couple of tips on how to get rid of whatever is holding you back and bring in the new possibilities: 1. Get clear about what you really want then make a decision and act on it. There is no sense in doing something halfway. Plus, if your mind is full of doubt, then you’re just spinning your wheels for nothing. Once you’re crystal clear on what it is that you want to do, then like the commercials says “Just do it!” 2. Clean out your ‘inner’ closet before you start. If there are a whole lot of negative thoughts about your decision renting space in your head, get rid of them! Think of this step as ‘mental housecleaning’ and sweep those cobwebs out the door for good. Remem-

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ber when I said that you had to get rid of the old to make way for the new? This is the time to dump all those old, tired and washed up pity party thoughts you’ve been

when you finally get to your ‘new’ place, wherever (and whatever) that may be for you. 3. Smile! Once you’ve taken the mental

“ … we all get excited about new possibilities or new moves, we also can be crippled by the fear of stepping out of our cushy comfort zone.” hanging on to for years. So pack them up, put them in a garbage bag and kick ‘em to the curb. You’re not going to need them

that first positive step to building the life you always knew you wanted, but never thought you deserved. Because frankly, aren’t you worth it? Cookie Tuminello, Leadership and Team Building Coach, is the founder and CEO of Success Source, LLC. Cookie can be contacted at

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Eating Gone Wrong

Surefire ways to identify and prevent eating disorders


ith today’s obsession with being fit and fabulous sometimes our desire to create healthier habits and shed some weight may actually turn into a very un-healthy obsession. As the swimsuit season draws near, I feel obligated to write not only about eating healthier and tips on weight loss, but also to educate and inform my readers about eating disorders. I hope you find this month’s article educational and informative and if you or a loved one does struggle with an eating disorder it is important to seek professional help. The truth is the sooner treatment is started the less damage that

can be caused. When not treated, eating disorders can spiral out of control and can have long-term consequences and in the worst circumstances can result in death.

Scary Statistics: In the United States as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are affected with an eating disorder. About 40 percent of eating disorder sufferers are between the ages of 15 to 21 years old. Every decade since 1930, there has been a rise in anorexia. From 1988 to 1993 bulimia has tripled in women ages 10 to 39. The mortality rate among women, who suffer from anorexia nervosa between the ages of 15 to 24, is 12 times higher than the death

rate of any other cause. These are some scary statistics and every day they are affecting young women and men in the Acadiana area. Two most common and most talked about eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. However, other forms of disordered eating do exist and are just as serious, these include compulsive overeating, orthorexia nervosa, and anorexia athletica. While this is not a fun topic to discuss and may bring up some painful realities for a loved one, it is a very important issue to address, treat and hopefully prevent.

What is an eating disorder?


"Encourage activities that promote a positive body image." According to the National Eating Disorder Association, “An eating disorder is a serious, but treatable illness with medical and psychiatric aspects. People with an eating disorder often become obsessed with food, body image and weight. The disorders can become very serious, chronic and sometimes even life threatening if not recognized and treated appropriately.

Treatment requires a multidisciplinary approach with an experienced care team.”

Who is at risk for getting an eating disorder? In today’s society almost anyone is at risk now for developing an eating disorder. The previous stereotype that eating disorders only affect Caucasian, teenage girls who are perfectionist, people pleaser and from an upper class socioeconomic group, no longer holds true. Eating disorders are affecting children as young as 7 or 8 years old men and women well into their 30’s and 40’s. We are seeing a rise in eating disorders among men and young boys and eating disorders are affecting people in every socioeconomic

and ethnic group.

What are the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder? • Avoiding certain food groups because they are “fattening”. If your child suddenly proclaims he or she is now a vegetarian this could be a red flag for an eating disorder. For many eating disorder sufferers, especially young children and teenagers, proclaiming vegetarianism suddenly makes it okay and acceptable by family and peers to avoid whole food groups such as meat, eggs, fish and dairy. • When around food, feels out of control. Either by shrinking away and refusing to eat



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activities that make him or her feel good. If your child is in an environment where he or she is constantly being ridiculed or made • Constantly talking about weight fun of by a coach or teammates, change the loss, body size, and food. Always seeking environment. Find positive outlets for your reassurance from others about looks • Seek professional support. If your child child to thrive in. and referring to self as fat, gross or ugly. • Limit exposure to trendy TV shows Overestimating body size. Striving to create wants to lose weight or adapt a specific lifestyle such as being a vegetarian make and magazines. These media sources are a “perfect” image. sure he or she is doing it for the right constantly bombarding young minds with • Sudden changes in weight. Either reasons. Schedule an appointment with a how they are supposed to look. Remind dramatic weight loss or big fluctuations in professional such as a registered dietitian your child that these “famous” people have weight over a short period of time. who can help educate and ensure adequate been airbrushed and touched up with every • Dry hair and skin. Brittle nails. nutrient intake. computer program available to give the Dehydrated. Consistent low energy levels. “perfect” look. • Don’t be the food police. If you know Feeling faint, cold or tired. Lack of interest If you or a loved one is struggling with your child is trying to lose weight, avoid in social events. commenting on everything he or she puts an eating disorder, seek out professional on the plate or into their mouth. Constantly support. Using a multi-facet approach Preventing Eating Disorders: watching and monitoring food intake only by working with a doctor, therapist and • Change dinner table talk. For many sets the tone for resentment, overeating or registered dietitian can help treat and young people, struggling with an eating under eating, shame and guilt. All which can overcome this scary disease. disorders can stem from parents own lead to a serious eating disorder. Yvette Quantz, LD, RD, CLT, is a Lifestyle and Sports obsession with dieting, weight loss, calorie Nutritionist and owner of Food Therapy, LLC. E-mail her at • Encourage activities that promote a and get more information control, exercise, and looks. Instead of talking about the latest diet or weight loss positive body image. Involve your child in about Food Therapy at anything or by losing sense of control and overeating.

plan that you may be following, use your time together to discuss other topics. Ask your child questions about school and social events, take up a hobby together that does not focus on looks.

The Truth of Trauma Recognizing (and healing) the lasting effects of trauma As we recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, FACE columnist and local psychologist Amy Cavanaugh focuses her monthly column on PTSD, which women especially are more prone to following sexual assault. The purpose of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. For more information about the observance go to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center at and to learn more about PTSD read on.


for many people, especially women, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened.

“… an estimated 7.8 million Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives.”

veryone reacts to traumatic events differently. Each person is unique in his or her ability to manage fear and stress, and to cope PTSD is a lasting consequence of with the threat posed by a traumatic experiences that cause intense traumatic event or situation. However,


fear, helplessness, or horror, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, war or natural disaster. Families of victims can also develop PTSD, as can emergency personnel and rescue workers. Most people who experience a traumatic event will have reactions that may include shock, anger, nervousness, fear, and even guilt. These reactions are common; and for most people, they go away over time. For a person with PTSD, however, these feelings continue and even increase, becoming so intense that they can keep the person from living a normal life. People with PTSD have symptoms for longer than one month and cannot function as well as


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• Women are more likely to experience sexual assault • Sexual assault is more likely to cause PTSD than many other events • Women may be more likely to blame themselves for trauma experiences than men However, not all women who experience a traumatic event develop PTSD. Women are more likely to develop PTSD if they: • Have a past mental health problem (e.g., depression or anxiety) • Experienced a very severe or lifethreatening trauma or sexual assault • Were sexually assaulted • Were injured during the event • Had a severe reaction at the time of the event • Experienced other stressful events afterwards • Do not have good social support • The experience of a prior sexual assault

before the event occurred. About 3.6 percent of adult Americans (about 5.2 million people) suffer from PTSD during the course of a year, and an estimated 7.8 million Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. PTSD can develop at any age, including childhood. Findings from a large national mental health study show that a little more than half of all women will experience at least one trauma in her life time, most commonly sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse. About one in three women will experience a sexual assault in their lifetime. Rates of sexual assault are higher for women than men, and women are also more likely to be neglected or abused in childhood, to experience domestic violence, or to have a loved one suddenly die. After a trauma, some women may feel depressed, start drinking or using drugs, or develop PTSD. Women are more than twice as likely to develop PTSD than men (10 percent for women and 4 percent for men). There are a few reasons women might get PTSD more than men:

or other traumatic experience • A history of dissociation Symptoms of PTSD are usually grouped into three main categories, including: • Re-living: People with PTSD repeatedly re-live the ordeal through thoughts and memories of the trauma. These may include flashbacks, hallucinations, and nightmares. They also may feel great distress when certain things remind them of the trauma, such as a particular smell or the anniversary date of the event. In children, this may involve repeatedly acting out the trauma in their play. • Avoiding: The person may avoid people, places, thoughts, or situations that may remind him or her of the trauma. This can lead to feelings of detachment and isolation from family and friends, as well as a loss of interest in activities that the person once enjoyed. • Increased arousal: These include excessive emotions; problems relating to others, including feeling or showing


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affection; difficulty falling or staying asleep; irritability; outbursts of anger; difficulty concentrating; and being "jumpy" or easily startled. The person may also suffer physical symptoms, such as increased blood pressure and heart rate, rapid breathing, muscle tension, nausea and diarrhea. Symptoms of PTSD most often begin within three months of the event. In some cases, however, they do not begin until years later. The severity and duration of the illness vary. Some people recover within six months, while others suffer much longer. Some PTSD symptoms are more common in women than men. Women are more likely to be jumpy, to have more trouble feeling emotions, and to avoid things that remind them of the trauma than men. Men are more likely to feel angry and to have trouble controlling their anger then women. Women may take longer to recover from PTSD and are four times more likely than men to have long-lasting PTSD. Women with PTSD also are more likely to feel depressed and anxious, while men with PTSD are more likely to have problems with

alcohol or drugs. Both women and men who experience PTSD may develop physical health problems.

“About one in three women will experience a sexual assault in their lifetime.” The type of help and support a person receives from friends, family members and professionals following the trauma may influence the development of PTSD or the severity of symptoms. Although not everyone who has experienced a trauma or has PTSD seeks treatment, PTSD is a treatable anxiety disorder. Women may be more likely than men to seek help after a traumatic event. At least one study found that women respond to treatment as well as or better than men. This may be because women are generally more comfortable sharing feelings and talking about personal

things with others than men. The goal of treatment is to reduce the emotional and physical symptoms associated with PTSD, to improve daily functioning and to help the person better cope with the event that triggered the disorder. Treatment may involve psychotherapy, medication, or both. Psychotherapy for PTSD involves helping the person learn skills to manage symptoms and develop ways of coping. Therapy also aims to teach the person and his or her family about the disorder, and help the person work through the fears associated with the traumatic event. Recovery from PTSD is a gradual and ongoing process. Symptoms of PTSD seldom disappear completely, but treatment can help sufferers learn to cope more effectively. Treatment can lead to fewer and less intense symptoms, as well as a greater ability to cope by managing feelings related to the trauma. Amy Cavanaugh, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with Center for Psychiatric Studies and the infant mental health consultant for the Healthy Start Program of the Family Tree.

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Each year they have the chance to walk the red carpet, to be recognized by their peers and applauded by their fans. And while their autographs might not be worthy of a heated eBay auction, these individuals have the chance to influence dozens (and in some cases hundreds) in the span of a mere nine months. A chance to literally change the trajectory of the next generation. In a world where teaching is one of the least glamorous and often most challenging of careers, the LEF Teacher Awards gives these professionals the chance to feel just that – like the professional they are. With a red carpet and first class treatment, each year 16 finalists in four categories are honored at the Heymann Performing Arts Center in a class act production. Those 16 teachers come from a pool of thousands who students and parents recognize through letters that you’d have to be stone cold to read through with a dry eye.


And so, on the following pages we took a moment to chat with the four winners who took top honors at the Lafayette Education Foundation’s Teacher of the Year Awards. Read on to learn just how these four educators are making a difference in the lives of the next generation and why one simple letter could mean the difference in keeping these priceless teachers in our classrooms.

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Charla Mercier

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ou never know when the extra mile will matter, when that one sentence will nudge someone in a different direction, open their eyes, touch their life. This is something fourth-grade gifted teacher Charla Mercier knows. The veteran teacher of 22 years went into teaching because it allowed her to be a mom and available. And now that her kids are gone, she enjoys being surrounded by kids. She teaches gifted in the academic acceleration program in the subjects of math and reading, which is “really stimulating and really fun.” “I like to hope that I help everybody develop their fullest potential,” she says noting they each are total individuals who come from different places. And while much has changed since Charla began teaching 22 years ago, she says children are essentially the same. “They’re really neat little people,” she says pointing to their unique perspectives. “They genuinely want to do the right thing and do well for themselves and for their parents. And they’re fun.” Her positive attitude and joy for teaching haven’t

gone unnoticed. This was her fourth nomination and she was a finalist last year. The experience of being honored has been in a word – humbling. And it’s proof of her belief that a person never knows when what they say or do is going to matter to someone. “It’s all important,” she says of education. “From preschool to second, fourth, beyond. We don’t live in a vacuum. Whatever we’re exposed to matters. One sentence as an adult can impact you. Just to nudge them in the right direction can have profound effects and you can’t miss any opportunities to help – you can be tired at home. I’ve been fortunate – people have been good to me and I just kind of like to return the favor.” In fact the student who nominated Charla was a surprise. “I really encouraged him at a time when he needed it and I didn’t realize I played that big a part,” she says. “The little extra effort goes so far.”

Dawn Gary

Middle School - Youngsville Middle School


n a world where communication is abbreviated at best and absent at most, Dawn Gary finds herself teaching things that have slipped away in our society. The family and consumer sciences teacher (what we once called home ec) does more than teach cooking and sewing and has been at it for 29

years. “We need this so desperately – there’s a lack of communication and relationships and parenting,” she says. Dawn uses her chance to teach those life skills to also teach respect and that ability to communicate. It’s a habit she practices as well. In the eighth grade she communicates her own thoughts about students before they leave. “I give them thoughts of them, what I wish for them and what it meant to have them in my class,” she says. And it was one of those comments that struck a chord with a student. And, in turn, that student’s letter struck a chord with the veteran teacher who was beginning to question herself. “I was really doubting myself as a teacher – maybe I need to stop – and this letter came in and that next day

I was ready to teach again – that’s the difference it made,” she says adding that the awards themselves are a powerful symbol to teachers. “It made me feel professional and I don’t feel it from a lot of society sometimes,” she says. “Teachers make such a difference in lives. You don’t always get that recognition.” It’s recognition that is certainly well deserved. Dawn, after so many years teaching, is still doing new lesson plans. All part of her effort to reach students while never lowering standards. “These children change and you have to have all kinds of methods to attract that different kind of student,” she says. And while lesson plans change, her stances do not. “Every child has the potential to achieve their highest. I stress that to my kids. I want the most out of you. I give you the most plus and I want your most.”

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Lisa Ranney

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isa Ranney teaches. Period. Nonstop. Bell to bell. And that’s not just lip service. In fact, when the Pin Patrol arrived from LEF to announce her nomination for the Teacher of the Year award they waited until she was done teaching. The calculus and chemistry teacher has a full class each day. “I cover a lot of content in chemistry and in calculus and that’s my biggest issue is for them to get as much as they can before they go to college so they can be as exposed to as much as they can.” But, Lisa doesn’t stop there. The teacher of 22 years can be found many afternoons and into the evenings and even weekends at school with extracurricular activities from national and state competitions to international fairs. “I think this is where they learn a lot is outside the classroom,” she says. “Where they engage in critical thinking skills. More critical thinking skills are encouraged outside of the classroom. We’re limited by time in the classroom for those skills.” Those extracurricular activities include quiz bowl, science bowl, ocean bowl, the international science

and engineering fair, a robotics competition, academic decathlon and the science Olympiad among others. With a list like that, one would likely believe Lisa spends her time with only students boasting impressive GPAs. But, that’s not a part of her philosophy. “We accept everyone if you have a willing heart and are not a troublemaker,” Lisa says noting it gives students the chance to see the many options out there for them in a way they wouldn’t see in a classroom. “In the competitions, they are exposed to a lot more than just the inside of text book,” she says noting competitions are loaded with people from NASA to the Navy. “It’s much more than just going to compete with a robot. Kids are gaining a lot more experience and real life situations and things they can take into the future.” It’s a future that she says is open to any of them, quick to point out that it has less to do with brilliance and more to do with effort. “What I know came from hard work,” she says. “What you really want is there for you, if you just work hard.”


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Inspirational - Westminster Christian Academy


usan Keller isn’t alone in her efforts. The Westminster fourth grade teacher is a partner with parents as she works to prepare their students for the future. And while this inspirational teacher can be found teaching outside the box at times, her standards are unwavering. And that’s not by accident. “I’m old fashioned. I set the standard and the tone. Kids feel safe when they know what their boundaries are. Once those are stable and they know that, then you can think outside the box. Once they feel safe in their environment, they feel free to do that. We’re dancing and drawing and painting, but within that they know there’s only so far they can go and still be learning.” When it comes to Susan’s philosophy of reaching out to parents, she says it’s just a natural thing. “I believe if we're all on the same page the child benefits from that,” she says. “I have them more than the parents do and if they go home and have no support at home a lot of good can be undone. I reach out to parents and encourage them. I’m all in it for the kids and if they need to call me at home – call me

at home.” It was one of those at home phone calls that landed Susan in the inspirational category after a student’s father died suddenly. “I went over there and the little boy was there and some people said, ‘be strong, you can’t cry.’ I pulled him in my lap and let him cry for two hours,” she says. “The mom felt it was above and beyond to come over there. For me, I’m partnering with parents to teach their children.” It was par for the course for this teacher. And so is showing up after school for the fun stuff as well. “While I have that child for nine months my job is to influence them and encourage them the best I can to be the best they can be. “I go to ball games and go to extracurricular things to let them know I’m really real and there for them.” The bottom line, Susan says is to help them believe they can. Period.

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"A" is for Asiah A monogrammed dress of the softest pink with an intricate green monogram initial from Initials, 340 Kaliste Saloom Road. APRIL 2011

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Awakening The sweet bloom of spring. Delicate petals. Subtle colors. The flutter of a sleeve, the sweep of a skirt, the perfectly placed pleat. Spring’s prettiest pieces arrive like the whisper of soft breezes and warm afternoons in the April sun.

Pretty in Pink Soft pink paired with even softer shape and fabric from Brother's on the Boulevard, 101 Arnould Blvd. Pair with bold necklace and bracelet by Juicy Couture. 48 FACE Magazine

Photography Penny Moore Model Ramie LeBlanc Hair & Makeup Lauren Doucet of Salon 411 Styling Amanda Bedgood Location Acadian Village APRIL 2011

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To the Max Must-have maxi dress with leather detail and delicate gold jewelry from Vertigo, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch.

Peaches & Green Strapless dress of asymmetrical green and peach layers is a bold piece perfect for spring. From Knotting Hill, 201 Settlers Trace Blvd., River Ranch. 50 FACE Magazine

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Golden Girl Warm yellow with cool details and a vintage vibe paired with bold gold jewelry from Bevo's of Lafayette, 715 Bertrand Drive.

True Blue A silky white dress with gold embroidery pops with blue shoes and loads of blue jewelry in every shade of sea. All from Vanessa V. Boutique, 5520-E Johnston Street. 52 FACE Magazine

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H ats Of f A fresh green dress with floral embellishment and straw hat from Little Town, 1116 A-1 Coolidge Blvd., Oil Center. 54 FACE Magazine

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Pam Frey’s story sounds familiar, it’s because this isn’t the first time she’s told it publicly. The petite mother of two found herself the subject of an in depth story in The Daily Advertiser in 2009 where she shared her harrowing story of rape at the hands of her uncle and the painful years that followed. That experience has become part of Pam’s extraordinary story of one ordinary woman who, despite being brutally victimized, became a victor. And while Pam’s intention was not justice for herself, but for the next generation, she learned that the power of her voice being heard so clearly was its own kind of justice.


April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month and as we began the search for a cover girl to share their story it soon became clear it would not be an easy task. There are few women willing to publicly share their story of sexual assault. Few willing to allow their face to be the face for a subject that seems to be the last great taboo. It’s a fact that doesn’t go unnoticed by Pam Frey. And the reasoning in many cases is a simple one – shame. That shame is just one member of the family of lies many victims believe for years, keeping them silent, isolating them and allowing the cycle of abuse to continue. In recent years Pam Frey has learned what she hopes and prays other victims come to accept – the shame is not theirs to bear.

The assault continued for years and a sweet young Pam became mean and distrustful. After years of abuse, Pam moved with her parents to Texas and the only child felt sure she was free. “We moved back and it started again,” she says. It was then that Pam refused to return to spend the night at her aunt and uncle’s home no matter the consequences. “I’ll take whatever punishment there was,” she says. And at ten years old she told. But, the

“Shame pulls your feet in muck and mire, paralyzing you.”

“The shame brought onto the family is not by the victim – ever – it’s the perpetrator,” she says on a sunny spring day. “The only thing that can destroy the family is keeping that silence. It has the ability to story fell on deaf ears. It wasn’t until she was 18 that she would speak of it again. take the next generation.” While at a reception following a wedding, At the tender age of 6 Pam Frey became her uncle walked up behind her, startling a victim. It was then that her uncle began her and sending her back in time. raping her in the home he shared with “It freaked me out and my aunt had to his wife, Pam’s nanny, whom she adored. drive me home and I told her,” Pam reWhile most young girls were busying themselves with dollhouses and playing members. “She said I was lying. I told my store, Pam began an existence of isolation mother. She supposedly went to the police unable to even give a name to what was and they said there was nothing they could do. They said too much time had passed.” being done to her.

“Time has no ability to heal – only God can heal.”

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“I got taken out of my private prison. I don’t’ live behind the bars.”


most positive of ways, for she did what so many others cannot do. She stood up in spite of her fear and made her voice heard even when she didn’t think she had the courage. And she did it all for the young“I didn’t want to be the adult in er members of her family. Pam is her life that didn’t help,” Pam says. quick to say she felt too far gone for hope. Her intent in telling was for And so for three days Pam strugthe next generation. Period. gled with God, knowing what she In the many months leading up should do and knowing how hard to the trial Pam began to find her it might be. She called the young “You think you can hold it down woman and said she had but one peace in her own way. She went and keep a lid on it and not go any- question. The woman began sob- to Hearts of Hope, where she truly where. There’s no lid big enough to bing and Pam had her answer. found some hope. hold this monster down,” she says. The woman also told her that she “It’s a true refuge – utterly absoPam was soon married and had her own children. She poured her heart and soul into caring for them – sure she could find an escape in all that is motherhood. Her daughter, now 30, contracted meningitis as a baby leading to cerebral palsy. Pam became devoted to a foundation that she created and helmed dealing with CP and also had a son. Life was full. And yet, the pain of what was done to her years before lingered.

alone. Her uncle had not isolated his behavior to her. She had believed she was the first and the last. And in an instant, she knew she had been wrong. She says at that moment she knew it was time for her to speak.

Pam kept the secret and says wouldn’t tell. without a doubt it impacted every “I told her, ‘You don’t have to berelationship in her life. cause I will,’” Pam says. “It kills trust. It’s truly the crime And she did. Pam’s best friend that keeps giving,” she says. “You drove her to the police station. never stop replaying it.” “I thought she’d never think of me As the years wore on, Pam was the same and I’d lose her – couldn’t certain the pain or perhaps the be further from the truth,” Pam says

“You think you can hold it down and keep a lid on it … There’s no lid big enough to hold this monster down.” memories would fade. They did not. “You believe if you don’t talk about it, it will go away – it’s not true. Time has no ability to heal – only God can heal.” Healing did not come. And then when Pam was in her 40’s she encountered a much younger family member for the first time in years. The young woman’s eyes looked hauntingly familiar. “Just void,” she says. And for the first time in her life, Pam realized that she was not

lutely safe, you know you’re safe there. I walked in as a 40-something and yet I was a little 6-year-old girl.” Pam says her greatest breakthrough came at a retreat though. “After three days I walked away from that able to forgive,” she says. After Pam spoke out, it would be two years before the case would go to trial and for some time Pam was lulled into a false sense of security that her uncle was on house arrest. Then someone saw him at the store and she was suddenly taking two steps back.

“It paralyzed me. I couldn’t leave noting she feared the same of her my house,” she says. husband, who has been a pillar of The appeals and time leading up support throughout the experience. to the trial were agonizing. And For so long Pam had believed the then something changed. She says lies of her perpetrator and now as God told her the trial would last an adult was trying to face them. three days, the verdict would be The lie that it would kill her grand- unanimous and then it would be mother. The lie that it would ruin over. Completely over. the family name. The lie that it was Pam and four other family memsomehow her fault. The lie that no bers testified. To date she hasn’t one would look at her the same heard their personal stories, some again. of which happened more than 20 After hearing Pam’s story it’s hard years after her own. Her husband not to look at her differently, in the heard them, though. And while Pam

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certainly didn’t find the experience easy, she called on a great measure of strength that carried her through retelling the harrowing childhood rapes. “I had no fear. I did cry as I recalled the horrible acts. I had a lot of shame. I just told despicable things to total strangers – it wasn’t fear, it was self shaming,” Pam says of her testimony. It’s a shame with which she is familiar. It’s a shame responsible for years of pain and suffering. It’s a shame she knows victims carry unfairly and unforgivingly for years. It’s all part of the lie, she says. The lie that keeps perpetrators in control and victims victimized. “Shame pulls your feet in muck and mire, paralyzing you. You never regain what it’s like to be a normal child, normal teen, normal everything,” she says. And yet, there is hope. The verdict came in less than an hour and half. On the testimony of a handful of family members unafraid to face the monster, Pam’s uncle was convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. To date no judge will hear his appeal. And so after years of believing it was too late for justice, too late to make a difference, 5-foot, two-inch Pam Frey slew the monster. “My pride and joy was knowing I gave them a voice,” Pam says of her younger relatives. While Pam certainly provided a voice for her family, she didn’t stop there.

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Following her uncle’s conviction Pam expected to see more than a blurb on the local news and when she didn’t, she turned to the local newspaper. She called and met with a young reporter who after months of interviews and photographs turned Pam’s story into a series. What Pam intended to simply be a request for some coverage of the conviction of her uncle turned into an in depth story that landed the local woman on the cover of the Sunday newspaper. And squarely in the public eye. In the months that followed Pam would receive dozens upon dozens of letters of encouragement and positive feedback. “They said you have given me the courage to do the same thing – it took them out of their private prison.” It’s a prison Pam knows all too well. “You think you’re the only one.” And so the woman who thought sharing her story in any way would cost her everything found that sharing it in a big way brought only good things. It is, she says, the only way to end sexual violence – to shine a light on it.

“She said I was lying … there was nothing they could do. They said too much time had passed.”

And she hopes sharing her story again will open that door for others to be honest about what has been done to them. To begin the dialogue that will expose the darkness and shame many victims live in. To heal those that Pam calls the “walking wounded.”

“I can talk about it anywhere at anytime now. It has everything to do with this – I got taken out of my private prison. I don’t’ live behind the bars,” she says joyfully.

“You can still live a victorious life … You don’t have to live in shame, blame or guilt.”

And Pam knows now what she could have never believed only a few years ago. “You can still live a victorious life even when you’re destroyed as a child,” she says. “You don’t have to live in shame, blame or guilt.”

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TRYND OPEN HOUSE March 10 – Trynd

Lafayette’s hottest hot spot for drinks and dining hosted an open house in March. Party goers at Trynd Ristorante’ Lounge & Special Events Open House enjoyed a sampling of their chef’s most delectable creations.

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The kick off shindig for the 21st Annual Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks brought out supporters of the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana in anticipation of the April 16 event at Red’s where there will be a chance to win a 2011 Honda Fit from Moss Motors and other great prizes.

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showyourface DIABETES WALK March 12 – Girard Park


Feb. 20 – Heymann Center PASA and Lee Michaels hosted a preperformance party celebrating jazz great Chris Botti in the newly renovated Heymann Performing Arts Center Mezzanine Level. It was a high class catered affair featuring delectable wine, delicious hors d'oeuvrs and of course lots of fun people.

The 2011 Lafayette Walk to Cure Diabetes brought out supporters hoping for awareness and a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International partnered with Halliburton – Gulf of Mexico for the event. Photos coutesy of Event Photography

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March 5 – Cajundome Convention Center The fabulous ladies of the Krewe of Xanadu enjoyed their annual fete at the Cajundome Convention Center with a one-of-a-kind production. The ball was Louisiana – Xanadu Style.

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FACE Lafayette - April 2011  

Lafayette, LA monthly magazine focusing on Women's Fashion, Faith, Beauty, Health and Home.

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