Abuse Awareness & Prevention

Abuse Awareness & Prevention

5.30.2019 : Abuse Awareness & Prevention

Our enlightening discussion on the importance of Abuse Awareness & Prevention covered many topics and educational advice beneficial to organizations serving vulnerable populations (youth, aging, special needs) and some potentially helpful in our personal lives.

• Common errors and misconceptions related to sexual abuse
• Abuser characteristics and grooming processes
• Impact on children
• Reporting responsibilities
• Methods of reducing the risk of sexual abuse
• Tools/resources for reducing the risk of sexual abuse in your organization

Our speakers were Stephanie Marchman, a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Gainesville and Tampa offices representing private and public sector employers in the areas of labor and employment law, civil litigation and government law; and Stacy Pendarvis, the Program Director for the Monique Burr Foundation for Children.


Stephanie Marchman was a Senior Assistant City Attorney with the City Attorney’s Office in Gainesville, Florida, prior to joining GrayRobinson. For 11 years, she was a counselor, litigator and transactional lawyer for the City of Gainesville in the areas of labor and employment law, employee benefits, constitutional law, ethics and Sunshine Law. Her work included providing legal advice on workplace investigations and the administration of discipline to any of the City’s 2,000 employees, as well as preparation of employment policies and contracts. Stephanie also represented the City in labor arbitrations, impasse resolution proceedings and state and federal litigation.

Stephanie is a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, the governing body for Florida’s 100,000+ lawyers, representing the Eighth Judicial Circuit. She has also served as President of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, President of the North Central Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and Chair of The Florida Bar’s Federal Court Practice Committee.

After earning her undergraduate and law degrees with honors from the University of Florida, Stephanie served as law clerk to the Honorable William Terrell Hodges in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Stacy Pendarvis, MSW, MA, is the Program Director for the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. Stacy is a social worker and educator with two Masters degrees from East Carolina University.

She has over twenty years of experience in the child welfare and prevention fields developing child safety curricula and resources, managing community and agency projects related to child protection, and helping organizations and communities establish prevention initiatives. She has educated thousands of adults and children on various child protection issues and has also held Social Work and Psychology adjunct faculty positions at universities in North Carolina and Florida. Stacy’s role at the Monique Burr Foundation for Children is to oversee all program and prevention related activities, including research, curriculum and resource development, and community and professional trainings. She lives in the Jacksonville, Florida area.

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