Why Stand Up?
"I raise up my voice not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back."
- Malala Yousafzai
Anna’s story begins as she was living her dream as a well-regarded gallery owner in the small coastal town of Port Townsend, WA. In late 2011 she became aware of man that was stalking her. Almost immediately, her life and business began to unravel, and as time wore on the psychological drain and real-life fear for safety became too much.
In 2013, Anna had to make the gutting decision to close the gallery. She swore she would never own another business again as she stared at her piles of debt. In 2015, traumatized, terrified and humiliated from the experience; coupled with the loss of her father, she quietly escaped to the hills of Vermont.
It was there that she found safety, support, and healing by working with therapists and a victim services agency in Washington and Vermont. She admired her support team and felt herself longing to move into the field of victim services. Wanting to be a catalyst for change, Anna decided to offer her graphic and web design for victim service agencies.
Anna quickly discovered that while her design skills were useful, her story was necessary.
She was one of very few people who were able to step forward and safely share the harrowing experience of being stalked for a decade. With help of the criminal justice system and prosecution, Anna successfully closed her case and her stalker was imprisoned receiving one of the longest sentences (10 years) in our nations history. Her story no longer needed to be tucked into the shadows; she could speak, strongly, clearly and with captivation to help others find freedom from stalking.
Stand Up Resources (SUR) has grown out of the deepest loss and trauma; and at the heart it’s mission is to serve victim service providers and first responders by offering expertise and best practices to address the crime of stalking through a victim centered approach.
Anna’s presentations focus on delivering professional, victim centered, expert level training and education on the subject of stalking. Her story has reached thousands of people, creating a platform for stalking awareness, prosecution and prevention.
SUR and Anna have turned into an internationally recognized voice – with one goal, creating a safer and more just world free of stalking.
A brief history:
Anna lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont with her 3-legged chihuahua, Dolly Parton, and collection of white sunglasses. While she misses her old “home” in Port Townsend, WA, she has come to find home being nestled in the hills, surrounded by snow 6 months of the year. Like a typical Vermonter, Anna wears many hats. In addition to her work with SUP, you may find her helping out at a friend's restaurant, cross-country skiing, sitting by the river, or tucked away in a corner writing at the Mad Taco or Stoke Ramen.
She appreciates having the quiet balance of living in Vermont to write, work, design and then popping on a plane to speak and educate others. It was a balance she never knew she needed, or could have, and couldn’t be happier to have discovered it and live it every day.