Stephanie Carver

Dr. Marrissa Dick | March 15th, 2018
Stephanie Carver (Photo by Still Shots Photograpy)

Stephanie Carver (Photo by Still Shots Photograpy)

Some may know her as the owner and operator of Perfect Harmony Graphics and Sound while others may be acquainted with her being the author of After the Altar and Before the Pulpit and You Were Born To Embrace and Triumph the Brain Power of Your Advisory: Come As YOU ARE God Has Need of You then others may know her best for having the high school dropout age increased from 16 to 18. Still some know her in their local community as the woman who partners with community constituents to share factual knowledge about laws and policies that affect education, domestic violence, and rape victims. Does she sound familiar? Meet Stephanie Carver, the epitome of social justice advocacy.

Yet again, she is picking up societal causes that are near and dear to her heart. Causes where morality and ethical boundaries often clash. Nevertheless, Stephanie is willing to take on these causes and become the voice of reckoning for those who don’t have a voice. She shares, “We can’t do everything, but we can all do something to make a difference. Whatever you are called to do, do it and do it well! Do not let anyone or anything take your focus. Keep doubters far, far away. Love what you do and most important, do it in love.”

Considering our recent political climate in the United States many people have been appalled by Judge Roy Moore’s alleged actions while others are silent regarding the issue and still some don’t find it abnormal for grown men to seek the attention of 10, 11, 12 or 13-year-old girls. For example, Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler staunchly believes, “there’s nothing immoral or illegal here…Maybe just a little unusual.” Unusual is right which is why Stephanie, who is normally a behind the scene person, is perfectly content with stepping outside of her comfort zone to raise an ethical and moral awareness to the disproportionate rate of child brides in the United States and the world over.

According to Stephanie, “I have been concerned and researching this one area (pedosexual) for some time now. Yes, this perverse spirit has been operating in America and all over the world and it is legal. Between 2000 and 2010 there were 167,000 reported child brides/children marriages worldwide. Keep in mind these brides are not 16 marrying 19-year-old men, some are 11, 12, 13 marrying 40 and 50-year-old men. To make the situation worse, parents and judges are granting consent for these innocent children to marry their rapists.”

Stephanie is raising awareness because many people don’t realize that half of the states within the United States does not have a legal minimum age of marriage. Notwithstanding, all states allow minors to marry in certain circumstances, such as parental consent, judicial consent, pregnancy, or a combination of these situations. These are the very issues that Stephanie Carver is trying to prevent by starting her signature petition campaign. She shares, “So, please, when someone approaches you with a petition, take five seconds and sign your name. There are a lot of people that do not want this law to change. But we will not stop fighting until it has changed. Just like we signed petitions to change the legal high school dropout age we can make this happen, too.”

Another campaign that is near and dear to her heart is the Safe Haven Law such as Dumpster Babies. Stephanie is soliciting help in spreading the word to help bring an end to this growing population of unwanted infants. Daily, all over the world and right here in our own backyards there are women delivering babies and throwing them in dumpsters for various reasons. What’s most unfortunate is the fact that there isn’t a national database tracking the number of infants that are discarded worldwide. Nonetheless, advocates like Stephanie Carver who have full-time careers and family obligations that have taken it upon themselves to act as liaisons for these unwanted children. Stephanie wants people to know that they don’t have to “discard” their child for fear of being judged. Instead, she wants people to know that they can take that child someplace safe like Amazing Grace Adoption Agency, the fire department, or the police station without fear of being arrested for abandonment and charged with a crime.

Stephanie shares, “Some women discard these children because they became pregnant from a rape and they have no clue how to deal with that child. Then there are those teenage girls who have been able to conceal their pregnancy then once they deliver the baby they throw it away because they are ashamed of their actions and are afraid of what their parents or even the community would think or say about them. Though it doesn’t make a lot of sense to us at the time the decision is real and it’s necessary for that rape victim or teenager. As a survivor of rape and domestic violence I understand these decisions. Just like I advocate for the actions of these mothers because I understand the experience and emotions; I advocate equally as passionately for the precious babies left in dumpsters, on public bathroom floors, porches, and ditches.” Stephanie is pleading for assistance in spreading the word about Safe Haven Laws. She want’s people to know that you don’t have to throw your child away. She shares, “I want people to know that any person can take that baby to any hospital, police department, or fire station without fear of facing any criminal charges. Just take the child there.” Stephanie is nonjudgmental, but she is pro-life and desires to see to it that once life comes into the world it is protected.

Another social justice concern of Stephanie’s is Date Rape and Date Rape Drugs. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incent National Network (RAINN) 44% of date rape victims are under 18 years of age and 80% of those victims who experienced date rape because of date rape are under the age of 30. Regardless of the age an estimated two thirds of the rapists are known to the victim, yet 97% of the rapists never spend a day in jail. Stephanie wants people to know that, “Date rape is on the rise and most attackers are getting away with it.” She wants people to know about the different types of date rape drugs that are also on the rise. These types of drugs go undetected in drinks because they are colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Also, they can be put in any type of non-alcoholic or alcoholic drink. She says, “Date Rape Drugs like GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate), Rohypnol and Ketamine are serious and are being used more now than ever. They can cause dizziness, disorientation, loss of inhibition and a loss of consciousness. They can also produce amnesia, causing a victim to be unclear of what, if any, crime was committed.

In addition to cause their victim to blackout and experience loss of memory they can even cause fatal respiratory problems just to name a few side effects. GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine have become known as “date rape drugs” or “predatory drugs” because they are used to incapacitate someone for the purposes of committing a crime, often sexual assault. These drugs are odorless and colorless and can easily be slipped into someone’s drink.” Stephanie wants people to know that if you “THINK” you’ve been violated to immediately utilize a sexual assault kit (rape kit) because the victim’s best way to document the attack and help ensure prosecution of the attacker. Stephanie wants people to understand that it’s important for the victim to remember that sex is consensual, and consent cannot be given when you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs or unconscious. She shares, “When date rape drugs have been administered the drug is often felt within 10 minutes and the effects can last up to 8 hours. In particular, Rohypnol can cause deep sedation, respiratory distress, and blackouts that can last up to 24 hours. So, depending on the type of drug used, and the side effect the victim may not even make it to the hospital until after the drug is no longer in their system. Also, if a victim is unconscious they are not able to ask for or consent to a rape kit. Even worse, every rape kit does not test for date rape drugs. This allows the attacker to walk away free and leaves the victim confused and suffering emotionally. Some victims end up pregnant because of date rape while others become so depressed that they commit suicide.” Stephanie believes that people should take precaution and be educated about these drugs, so they can possibly prevent themselves from having these experiences. She also want’s those who have had these experiences to know that there is help for them.

Stephanie Carver wants her community to be aware of Child Marriages, Safe Haven Laws (Dumpster Babies), Date Rape, and Date Rape Drugs. She cannot express enough the importance of taking that child to a safe environment. Again, you will not be charged with a crime. As a community advocate Stephanie desires that everyone should work harder to educate themselves and others about what’s going on in society and spread the word, so our daughters and sons can be safe.

If you would like to schedule a FREE speaking engagement to find out more information on any of the topics discussed, please contact Stephanie Carver. Stephanie encourages her community to “make the call for yourself, your children and your community!”

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