YOU ARE MORE THAN A STATISTIC.
I empower survivors of sexual trauma to reauthor their experience and reclaim their identity through the written word.
In recovery, there is no shortcut or magic pill. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and a stranger rape, I believe we are stronger at the broken places. My advocacy work emphasizes awareness, self-care, and self-discovery through writing. For as long as you need, I will hold space for you, share what did and didn’t work for me, and be a small part of your personal journey to a truthful and whole existence with love, care, humor and respect.
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You are a survivor
Workshops - I offer online workshops that focus on healing and reclaim and validate your experiences through writing exercises.
Advocacy - No matter where you are in your healing, I help you navigate sexual assault resources and share your experience with others in your own way and on your own timeline.
How I Help You
A sexual assault advocate, writer, public speaker and artist, Marnie’s activism spans over two decades. She is a speaker’s bureau member for RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), a former Mount Sinai SAVI emergency room advocate and speaker, and has worked with the Silence Breakers, Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation, USC's Violence Intervention Program, Peace Over Violence, and changemakers including Rosanna Arquette and Rose McGowan. Her consultant work for Shonda Rhimes’ multi-episode rape storyline for ABC’s Private Practice garnered 2011 PRISM and NAACP awards. After its broadcast, RAINN had a 500-percent increase in service requests, which temporarily crashed its website. That year, she lobbied for the SAFER Act bill at Capitol Hill alongside pro-wrestler/author Mick Foley and actress KaDee Strickland. She has spoken about recovery, DNA backlog, and bystander intervention at conferences, colleges, companies, nonprofits, retreats, and hospitals and was featured on the Oxygen Network.
A 2016 PEN America Emerging Voices fellow, Marnie writes about gender politics, adoption, women’s health, relationships, trauma and recovery for such publications as TIME, Washington Post, LA Weekly, Yahoo, and The Rumpus, among many others. She's honed her developmental editing skills as creative nonfiction editor at Angels flight • literary west and The Nervous Breakdown's essays editor, and has taught trauma-based writing classes and workshops for writing schools across the country. Her second memoir focuses on her own sexual assault which she has adapted into a television screenplay with actress and activist Rosanna Arquette attached as producing partner.
Marnie earned a BFA in Photography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts focusing on mixed media installation and women's studies. She lives in Santa Monica with her rescue bullpei, Dempsey.
Selected Essays & Articles
The Shadow of Me, Popularium
King, The Rumpus
The Dangerous Myths that Prevent Me From Getting the Endometriosis Care I Need, Yahoo/HelloGiggles
‘At least you don’t have children.’ People think this makes divorce easier. For me, it doesn’t., Washington Post, Solo-ish
Fund What You Fear, Cleaver Magazine
Leaving Los Angeles in Search of Time, Angels Flight literary west
"Marnie is a light in the darkness where still too many people choose to ignore overwhelming evidence and doubt the veracity of victims, especially when the perpetrator is prominent. Thank you for your words and acts on behalf of sexual assault victims."
- Edward Tacchie, former NYPD SVU detective