Shannon Nicole is a courageous, fearless, inspirational speaker and most of all she is an advocate for victims of sexual violence. For more than 15 years, she has overcome many trials and tribulations that she endured at a very young age such as witnessing domestic violence in her home, being molested from the age of 12 to 15 by three men, to experimenting with drugs, alcohol and promiscuity throughout her teenage years.
In her mid-20s, she knew the path she was walking wasn’t going to let up until she sought assistance. She knew her behavior was out of control and that she was acting out due to her pain. Her assistance came when she found a relationship with God and he took everything she went through and birthed a mission called, “Simply Unique.” Through this mission, God instructed her to share her testimony and to never hold back. He woke up her pain and ignited it with passion and transparency to help deliver His people.
Originally, Simply Unique started out as a way for inspirational speaking. It is a God given name to share with those he allows her to cross paths with. “I’ve had the honor of sharing my testimony at several events in the Greensboro area with young ladies and women ranging from 10 to 50+ years old. In the mist of healing and cultivating Simply Unique, I was engulfed in school studying psychology/interpersonal communications at Guilford College, attending therapeutic workshops, mental health counseling, and a journey group for survivors. Each aspect aides in my healing and understanding the dynamics it all plays and/or has played in my life” she says.
Since graduating in 2015, Shannon has restructured Simply Unique to provide facilitated self-growth workshops and trainings. It is a sexual violence movement that brings survivors out of their darkness into the light. The movement stands on the scripture of 1 Peter 2:9…But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Shannon is officially launching Simply Unique’s first event; “Support is Love” on Saturday, April 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The event is tailored to address the needs of survivors and supporters battling the aftermath of sexual violence; while providing useful tips on ‘how to support a friend -or- loved one. The audience will connect with the journey of survivors and supporters during a brief dialogue about their personal experiences.
The launch of Simply Unique will take place at The Nu Community Development Center, located at 1906 James Street, Durham, N.C.
For more information, please contact Shannon Nicole at Simplyuniquebts@gmail.com