The Break the Silence Speaker Series is Our VOICE’s largest fundraising event of the year. The series highlights the voice of a national leader, activist or survivor who has worked to improve systems in responding to and ending sexual assault or human trafficking in our communities.




Chanel Miller



The Break the Silence Speaker Series is Our VOICE’s largest fundraising event of the year. The series highlights the voice of a national leader, activist or survivor who has worked to improve systems in responding to and ending sexual assault or human trafficking in our communities.


Before the world knew her name, Chanel Miller was inspiring millions and changing the landscape of how we talk about sexual assault.

As Emily Doe, the survivor of a highly publicized rape case at Stanford University, her victim impact statement (published with permission on BuzzFeed News) went viral—11 million people viewed it in just four days. Her perpetrator received a six-month sentence (of which he served only three months), but her story inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case.

Join New York Times bestselling author, Chanel Miller, as she talks about her breathtaking memoir, Know My Name. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.

Her work has forever transformed the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable, and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing.


The event

We are all only too aware that 2020 was a different and considerably challenging year, and we are looking forward to a better 2021. Due to the restrictions of Covid-19 and to prioritize the safety of our community, this year our Break the Silence Speaker Series featuring Chanel Miller with be hosted virtually and include a musical performance by Asheville’s own Jane Kramer. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketbud and a personalized access link for the Crowdcast event will be sent to the ticketholder’s email address.
Tickets are now on sale!

March 11, 2021 – 7 pm


Tickets on sale January 22nd through Crowdcast*

$25.00 General Admission
$10.00 Student



Featuring a Special Performance by Asheville Musician: Jane Kramer

With deep roots in the musical traditions, culture and natural beauty of her beloved Appalachia, Kramer’s songs are introspective, gracefully gritty and fiercely memorable. With three acclaimed solo albums under her belt since her departure from the nationally-recognized female folk trio, The Barrel House Mamas, Kramer has forged an even more successful solo career with an impressive touring schedule that has won her fans from her native southeastern, USA to Portland, Oregon, to Scotland, UK.

A former social worker, domestic violence crisis counselor and avid humanitarian, Kramer continues to perform and teach about the songwriting process in women’s prisons, rescue missions, programs for at-risk youth, classrooms, hospitals and animal shelters in addition to traditional venues and music festivals, sharing her message of music as a powerful tool for healing, connection and compassion.

Quoted as “…an artist on the rise” by grammy-nominated and acclaimed American songwriter, Mary Gauthier and ” A voice that can only be described as one of the purest in modern Americana music” by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Kramer has performed with such well-known artists as Joan Osborne, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Gretchen Peters, Shawn Mullins and Maria Muldaur.

Photo credit: Rose Kaz


Visit Jane Kramer’s Website

Enter to Win the Break the Silence 2021 Prize Package, featuring artwork by Chanel Miller !

Click here for more information and enter the drawing!

An incredibly special thank you to our 2021 Break the Silence Speaker Series sponsors!


Champions of Hope

Rapid River Magazine


Silence Breakers













Curry First and Patricia Robertson




Marianne Metcalfe, in memory of Brigham Metcalfe

Jennie Eblen

Yolanda and Gary Parker

Pam & Tom Siekman

Betsy and Andy White







Affordable Bookkeeping Payroll & Tax Service



We continue to seek financial support to underwrite all expenses involved with this event.   We are also seeking media sponsors to help us promote our evening with Chanel Miller.  Please contact Jennifer Bock to learn about our sponsor opportunities.  

You may also complete the sponsorship commitment form online here or download our Sponsor Packet here.


Learn more about Chanel Miller and her best-selling book, Know My Name

Purchase Know My Name from our local bookstore!


Chanel is an artist.  She uses her art to heal and to help others heal.

I Am With You – Chanel Miller


You can keep up with Chanel on Social Media

Our VOICE is dedicated to creating a community free from sexual violence. We have several prevention and education programs available to students.

Our VOICE school programs are designed for 6th-12th grade and college-aged students. We provide programs free of charge to public schools and request $200 for all other institutions, on a sliding scale. Please contact us to discuss discounted rates if this price is beyond your budget. We strongly believe financial challenges should not restrict anyone’s access to these programs.

Shifting Boundaries – (Middle Grades) A CDC approved, evidence-based prevention program for middle school students on bullying, sexual harassment, and precursors to dating violence. (4 sessions)

Consent is Everything (Middle / High / College) – A research-informed, stand alone workshop exploring the difference between flirting and harassment, defining and discussing consent, and exploring active bystander intervention strategies. (1 session)

Own Who U R (online safety) – (Middle / High) – A research-informed, stand alone workshop, designed to improve critical media literacy of online content. Addressing the risks associated with sexting, cyber-bullying, and security habits, Own Who U R also empowers students with greater awareness of how to use the internet to find support and access resources. (1 session)

CodeRED (College) – Early college years are commonly referred to as the “red zone” for likelihood of experiencing sexual assault. In this workshop, students learn about Consent, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA), and Bystander Intervention techniques to help interrupt and prevent potentially harmful situations.

ByStander Intervention Techniques (School/ Community/ All Ages) – Statistically proven to be the most effective method of reducing problem behaviors within a population, ByStander Intervention techniques empower every community member to recognize their vital role in establishing and maintaining a culture of consent.

To learn more please contact Julia at or to book a program please fill out a program request form.


We have enjoyed much success with our Break the Silence Speaker Series over the past 3 years.  Thank you for your continued support!