Voice For The Kids



BIO


Sasha Joseph Neulinger (B.A in Film Production at Montana State University) is the co-founder and Head of Production at Step 1 Films. He has worked behind the scenes on National Geographic's award winning series, "America, The Wild" as an assistant editor. At Step 1 Films, he has produced, directed, and edited multiple commercial videos for various corporate clients nationally. He is currently directing his first feature length documentary, "Rewind To Fast-Forward," an autobiographical film about his life surviving multigenerational child sexual abuse. In April 2014, Sasha launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for his film, and in doing so became the 6th most backed documentary in Kickstarter history, raising over $176,000 from the support of 4,395 supporters. In October 2014, Sasha directed an Emmy Award Winning Film crew in Philadelphia, and completed principal photography for Rewind To Fast-Forward during a three week film shoot. While raising the remaining funds needed to complete his film, and directing the post-production team, Sasha also travels nationally as a public speaker, advocating for reforms in child advocacy and child abuse prevention. On March 27th, 2015, Sasha presented at TEDxBozeman. His presentation was titled "Trauma Is Irreversible. How It Shapes Us Is Our Choice." Since it was released to the public on May 20th, 2015, Sasha’s TEDx Talk has been viewed over 130,000 times to date, reaching survivors internationally. On August 8th, 2016, Sasha was the Survivor Keynote Speaker at the Crimes Against Children Conference, where he spoke to over 4,200 men and women representing all 50 states and 28 other nations in the fight against child abuse. 


TESTiMONIALS


 
                              6th Annual Mission Possible Fundraiser, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia PA

                              6th Annual Mission Possible Fundraiser, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia PA

 

“Sasha’s case and experience was the impetus for the founding of our CAC in suburban Philadelphia. I first met Sasha in 2009, and was with him during his first few public appearances, and have had the privilege to watch him grow into a phenomenon. Sasha truly feels deeply about sharing his experiences honestly and openly so that other children can be helped and spared the trauma of the investigative process that he endured. He also has the exceptional ability to reach and communicate with child abuse professionals and team members, and remind them why and how we are all truly making a difference in the lives of child abuse victims. No matter the size of the audience, individually or in the thousands, he captivates and educates at the same time. I highly recommend Sasha in any speaking capacity.” 

- Abbie Newman, Executive Director, Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center


Sasha delivers his Keynote Speech at the 28th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Dallas TX.

Sasha delivers his Keynote Speech at the 28th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Dallas TX.

Lynn Davis joins the audience for a standing ovation at the conclusion of Sasha's Keynote Speech at the 28th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Dallas TX.

Lynn Davis joins the audience for a standing ovation at the conclusion of Sasha's Keynote Speech at the 28th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Dallas TX.

“We’ve had the best speakers in the world, and last year we had Sasha. Sasha did a fantastic job. He shared his story in a way that anybody could understand, but also in a way that law enforcement and the folks in this field could understand. It was compelling, exciting, and heart wrenching for 4,200 people from all 50 states and 28 other countries to sit there and shake their heads as Sasha told his story, talking about what could have been different for him had the appropriate systems been in place, and how we can help children today and in the future. Sasha did an absolutely fantastic job, and we plan to work with him again in the future.”

- Lynn Davis, President & CEO of Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center


Sasha delivers his Keynote Speech at the inaugural "Hope Changes Everything" Conference. Plattsburgh, NY

Sasha delivers his Keynote Speech at the inaugural "Hope Changes Everything" Conference. Plattsburgh, NY

“We chose Sasha as the keynote speaker at our first conference, Hope Changes Everything: Child Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking.  He is articulate, relatable, dynamic and a true testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.  Attendees were captivated by his journey of healing and empowerment. His delivery is genuine and engaging and he connects with the audience in a way that is powerful and meaningful. Sasha’s story of childhood victimization and finding the courage to speak out as a child provides a deeper understanding of the dynamics of childhood victimization. Sasha’s work gives a voice to those that are unable to advocate for themselves and truly provides inspiration and hope to all.”

- Richelle Gregory, Executive Director, Clinton County District Attorney’s Child Advocacy Center

 


After a two hour case study at Children’s Justice Center of East Hawai’i of Hilo,HI, Sasha, Terri Lynn Lum, and the MDT pose for a photo before enjoying some much needed sun.

After a two hour case study at Children’s Justice Center of East Hawai’i of Hilo,HI, Sasha, Terri Lynn Lum, and the MDT pose for a photo before enjoying some much needed sun.

With a special place in his heart for the detective who worked on his case, Sasha takes the opportunity to meet with and thank the detectives of Hilo,HI for their service. 

With a special place in his heart for the detective who worked on his case, Sasha takes the opportunity to meet with and thank the detectives of Hilo,HI for their service. 

"Get ready to be inspired, to remember why working in this field is so important, why we must continue to do our very best to care for child victims and their families. Sasha is an insightful and eloquent speaker who courageously gives us the gift of his experience so that we can help other children.” 

- Terri Lynn Lum, Program Director, Children's Justice Center of East Hawai'i


Experience


April 2017- Children's Advocacy Center of North Carolina's Inaugural "New Heights," Symposium, Kitty Hawk, NC (Keynote and Case Study)

April 2017- Georgia Center For Child Advocacy's 12th Annual Change Maker's Breakfast, Atlanta, GA (Keynote)

March 2017- Grand Opening of Gallatin County Child Advocacy Center, Bozeman, MT (Guest Speaker)

October 2016- 1st Annual Hope Changes Everything, Plattsburgh, NY (Keynote)

September 2016- Charter Arts High School, Bethlehem, PA (Keynote)

August 2016- 28th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference, Dallas, TX (Keynote and Case Study)

May 2016- Children’s Justice Center of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI (Keynote and Case Study)

May 2016- Children’s Justice Center of Hawai’i Kona, HI (Keynote and Case Study)

May 2016- Children’s Justice Center of Hawai’i Hilo, HI (Keynote and Case Study)

April 2016- Mission Kids Mission Possible Fundraiser, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia PA (Keynote and Case Study)

February 2016- Bozeman Doc Series, Bozeman, Montana. (Film preview and address)

December 2015- Voice Center Campus Outreach, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT (Keynote and Case Study)

November 2015- Big Sky Youth Empowerment, Bozeman, MT (Speaker/Educator)

October 2015- CASA 25th Anniversary Dinner, Texarkana, AK (Keynote)

August 2015- 24th Annual Courage Classic, Tacoma, WA - (Keynote)

April 2015- 16th Annual Children’s Assessment Center Spirit of Spring Luncheon, Houston, TX (Keynote)

April 2015- Roping of the Stars Gala, Cleburne, TX (Keynote)

March 2015- TEDx BOZEMAN, Bozeman MT (TEDx Talk)

January 2015- 1st Annual Luzerne County Fundraising Gala, Wilkes Barre, PA (Keynote)

January 2015- CACTX Partners in Courage Conference, Austin, TX (Congressional Address)

January 2015- CACTX Partners in Courage Conference, Austin, TX (Keynote)

January 2015- Mission Kids MDIT, Blue Bell, PA (Case Study)

October 2014- Sungate Kids Gala, Denver, CO (Keynote)

April 2014- Mission Kids Mission Possible Fundraiser, Valley Forge, PA (Keynote)

April 2013 - Mission Kids Mission Possible Fundraiser, Blue Bell, PA (Keynote)

January 2013- Mission Kids Patron’s Party, Gladwyne, PA (Guest Speaker)


Press


Huffington Post
Rewind to Fast-Forward: One Man's Courage to Explore Past Abuse
Upworthy
He told everybody he was a sexually abused kid. Now, he has something to say to his 4-year-old self.
The Good Men Project
Sasha Joseph Neulinger Is a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse: Why Isn’t He Angry?
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Rewind to Fast-Forward: MSU grad revisiting past for documentary on child sexual abuse
Perez Hilton
A man who was sexually abused by his uncles as a child is making a documentary that will change lives!
Upworthy
Sexual Abuse Is Terrifying To A Child. One Survivor Is Responding With Something Even Scarier.

Video


28th Annual Crimes Against Children conference Keynote Address- August 8th, 2016

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