Our Mission

The Mission of Because She Is... was to provide a location for victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse to go to that is run solely by survivors.  Because She Is...wanted a place any victim or survivor could go, comforted in the knowledge they are speaking to survivors who have experienced the thoughts and emotions they are trying to resolve.  Similar to AA, Because She Is... wanted victims of trauma to know they have a growing support system.

Now located in Sayreville, NJ, Marilyn’s Place opened their doors September 4th.

Our long term goal is to open more locations and begin chapters in other towns that meet on a regular basis and are accessible to all. Our fundraising efforts for our Sayreville location include raising enough money to have an on staff trauma clinician for those who cannot afford professional therapy as well as to insure members are speaking to a clinician who specializes in trauma.

Our ultimate goal? To help victims understand that one, or even several traumatic experiences, do not have to define how they see themselves or define their lives.

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december 2017

"I went to one of Maureen's presentations for the very first time not knowing her story.  I am NOT a survivor myself, but have not been able to stop thinking about her, or the things she spoke about.  Maureen is one of the very best speakers I have ever been blessed to hear. It was more then just the subject, it was the way she presented; the clarity in her voice, the passion when she speaks and even the look in her eyes.   


In my industry I am always “forced” to go and listen to speakers.  I usually hate it.  I do anything in my power to not pay attention and just pass the time.  I play on my phone, shop on amazon etc.  Maureen had me from the moment she spoke her first word.  She is so poised, and passionate.  I had no idea about her life experience and to be honest, she may be the strongest women I have ever met.  I hope and pray she continues to find the strength and courage to continue speaking to crowds.  Her story must be told.  The way she tells it - I have no words, but I know in my heart there is a very large group of women and men that she has the power to help!


She changed me that day.  I look forward to the next time I can hear her speak again"


-Cori Deutsch Dunphy