Alissa R. Jones
“Survivors with Voices Foundation”
The tender age of 11 is the perfect time to start putting dolls away and begin picking out ensembles for the next school day all by yourself. It’s the age when we’re given the freedom to express parts of our personality within the perfect balance between being ourselves and being who we were raised to be. You look forward to closing chapters that reflect your childlike attributes while venturing further into your preteens, to your teenage years, right into adulthood but for a girl like Alissa R. Jones, raised in Springfield, Ohio, the preteen stage became her worst nightmare and robbed her of the joy that comes with the poised experience of transition.
At the tender age of 11, she put the dolls away because there was no time to play games. After school she would hear “Uncle Roger” walking up the basement steps and the fright that reverberated through her entire being was not due to playing hide and seek. She did her best to hide from him but he sought after her with wicked and unnatural desires that brought her from innocent teenage bliss into a life filled with the horrors of sexual abuse. For many years after the attacks stopped, she lived with the idea that she was prey amongst predators. Every choice she made was based on what happened at 11 years old instead of what was happening at her moment in time. Multiple relationships filled with domestic violence, a failed marriage, and a slew of other abuses added to her lack of self-worth. Feeling low, she alienated herself from everyone and became best friends with loneliness until the day someone needed her truth to set them free.
From the moment Alissa opened her mouth she found the power within her own story to encourage other survivors to heal wounds that can’t be seen with one small move and that is to speak! One speaking occurrence lead to the next and women of all ages were experiencing the freedom they longed for simply by Alissa provoking them to talk about their story. She uses her published short stories such as, “Uncle Roger /A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” as well as other books to bring forth healing passages, methods of survival, and roads to recovery, which are also found in her memoir, “The Stones that Built Me Strong”. She takes readers through her journey while helping them to view all of the stones as steps to being stronger, wiser, and happier. Alissa describes her book as being informative, uplifting, and very transparent. Although her personal story is the highlight of her book, she has taken the time to make sure it’s beneficial to every survivor’s testimony with the workbook, “Turn Hurtful Stones from your Past Into Stepping Stones for Success”
Through Survivors With Voices Publishing, she aspires to inspire others to share their trials specifically in the areas of abuse, disabilities, financial downfalls, and illness. As a strong advocate of supporting the vision and goals of others, Alissa has a passion for strengthening women in all areas of life by becoming an author, motivational speaker, and the Founder & Director of the Survivors with Voices Foundation, which has several chapters spread throughout the United States. These days, she’s not just providing a platform for the sexually abused but she includes men and women of valor who are survivors. The mission is simply to assist all survivors by helping them to embrace their seen and unseen scars, find their voice, and ultimately overcome their past.
Life’s most trying moments left her with a lot of unsolved problems and unanswered questions but with every spoken word, each stone that was thrown at her lead to the strength to obtain peace, understanding, and forgiveness. Alissa’s story has touched many survivors, both men and women, and has also encouraged over 3,000 homeless families during Houston’s annual Houston Give Back Campaign. Her mission is to inspire everyone that comes in contact with her to remove the muzzle harsh life experiences has placed over their mouths. Her efforts have landed appearances on Houston Church News, Houston Style Magazine, Univision TV, and the cover of BBU Magazine along with gained support from Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, Gospel Recording Artist Donald Lawrence, and Sunday Best Winner Tasha Page Lockhart to name a few. Alissa lives by the words, “Your words, your journey, your story — You never know who you may inspire or help to come forward in the expression of one’s abuse or recovery thereof”. Simply put when one speaks, we all speak!