Are you seeking Holly as a speaker?
As a consultant for Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC)’s AMBER Alert program, Holly can speak to law enforcement and other victim advocates regarding her personal story and training programs offered by FVTC AMBER Alert. Please fill out this form to request her as a speaker; the “technical assistance” you are requesting is Holly’s attendance as a speaker and / or participation in panel events. Just mention Holly’s name, answer all questions the best that you can, and a representative will contact you. It may take some time for them to respond, so please be patient. Thank you!
BY HOLLY AUSTIN SMITH — FROM HER COLUMN SPEAKING OUT IN THE WASHINGTON TIMES COMMUNITIES
WASHINGTON, DC, September 19, 2012 – “How old are you?”
It was the middle of the night. I was standing on Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey when a round and squinty-eyed policeman approached and posed this question to me.
“Eighteen,” I offered.
My feet were blistered. I tried to hide this discomfort as I shifted my weight onto the other foot. My hair fell in front of my face, and I knew parts of my scalp were visible. A double dose of hair dye had burned my dirty-blond hair and colored it an ugly yellow.
“Don’t lie to me,” the officer leered.