"Alicia has a powerful impact, whether she's testifying before Congress, on television, or speaking to an auditorium full of kids. Change only begins when people start listening, and if you want kids and adults to listen about child safety, call Alicia."
"I am so grateful to Alicia for sharing her story and helping to get the word out to parents and kids about the real world dangers posed by online predatory offenders"
- John Ryan
President and CEO
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Alicia is an inspiration. She has the ability to connect with students at their level and get them to see themselves in her story. Her resilience and story helps students learn how to better protect themselves online and be aware of potential online predators.
- Shira T. Fisher, NBCSC
Professional School Counselor
2012-2014 Vice President of Elementary Counselors
Illinois School Counseling Association
Mark Sheridan Math and Science Academy
"It’s amazing how students respond to Alicia in the classroom. She is able to connect with kids in a way that law enforcement cannot. Additionally, The Alicia Project brings a unique perspective to child abduction and child sex abuse from the eyes of a survivor. As a law enforcement officer, it is crucial to understand both sides of this gruesome crime, not only for the purposes of prosecution, but for the influence and support that I want to have with my survivors."
- Terry Buckley
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces
"After the Alicia Project presentation, I went home and told my parents that now I understand why they have been so protective."
- Grade 8 Student
"Alicia, I can not thank you enough for coming and talking to my school today! I have made a "fake" Facebook and talk to people on it.Today I got home and first thing I did was delete all of my pics and info then unfriended everyone on it and deactivated it. I had this because I think I might be gay and have nobody to talk about it because I feel like everyone will see me as a different person... Thank you so much for sharing your story!"
- Grade 7 Student
"Alicia, I go to South Decatur where you spoke on Friday. I just want to say you are an AMAZING speaker! The convo really made me think about the information I put online. I have decided to make many changes to my social media sites as well as make my phone number private. THANK YOU!"
- Grade 8 Student
"Dear Ms. Alicia, I am so thankful for you coming to our school to teach us about online safety. i know this will help me in my future because it will help me to stay safe while i am on the Internet. You gave me a lot of useful tips. Thank you again for coming to our school and giving us this presentation. I learned that you should not put your personal information on the Internet, should make sure your screen name is appropriate, and if if you see something wrong, you should tell an adult right away."
"Dear Alicia, I am thankful that you were able to come to my school and share your story with us. I know that it must be hard for you tell everyone all around the world your story. You are one strong, brave person. I know people a lot of people do not survive what happened to you and make it out alive, but you have. You have taught me how to be more careful online. There was a time when a grown-up contacted me and tried to talk to me online. I did not know he was was a grown-up at first. He told me he was my age and tried to talk to me, but I found out he was a lot older. Because of you, I now know what I need to do if I am ever in a similar situation. You taught me that it can happen to anyone, no matter how old, big or small. You can still be a victim"
"Dear Alicia, I am so grateful that you too the time to come to our school and share your story. Your presentation taught me how to be more careful online and be more aware of online predators. I did not realize how dangerous it could be, until I heard it from you. Thank you for sharing your experience and teaching me a valuable lesson."
"Dear Alicia, thank you for coming to my school and teaching us a lesson that we can really use. Your visit has shown me that I need to be careful about who I talk to and what I share online, because it can affect my future. When you told your story, it really touched my heart. I want you to know that what you are doing will help tons of kids and adults."
"Dear Alicia, thank you very much for coming and telling us about the importance of being safe online, and for sharing your experience. I really took a lot from the presentation. It taught me that anyone can be a victim if they are not careful. Your presentation has show me that I have to be very careful about what I do and share online. Thank you again, once more."
"Dear Ms. Alicia, I am so grateful for you sharing your experience with us. I know this information you have given me will help me to be safer on the Internet. Thank you for making it fun way to share the message. I am truly sorry that you went through that ordeal and think that you are a very brave woman to go from place to place telling everyone what happened to you. I really look forward to using your amazing advice online. Thank you again for coming to our school and sharing your story with us. That was really amazing and strong of you. I will use you as my role model from now on."
"Dear Ms. Alicia, I am thankful for the presentation that you gave us. I know it must have been hard speaking in front of the entire school. It was kind of you to share all of the information that you did with us. You were able to really give a good description of what we needed to know and it was cool the way that you were able to explain it. It was brave and kind of you to share your story with us. I learned a lot. You will never need to tell me twice about the dangers that can be found online."
"Dear Ms. Alicia, thank you for coming to our school and telling us about The Alicia Project. Your story and the missing children posters helped to show me that this can happen to me. I will now think twice about who I talk to online. In the past, if I thought I knew someone, I would friend them online, but now I am going to be sure that I actually know them. I know a lot of the other students also learned from your presentation. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us."
"Dear Ms. Alicia, I am grateful for the experience of being included in your presentation. Alicia, thank you so much for the information you share. When I grow up I can teach my family what you have taught me and they can pass it on. The excellent information you shared will help me, my friends, my family and the list goes on. Thank you for caring about us kids."
"Dear Ms. Alicia, thank you for coming to my school and giving your presentation. Also, thank you for making this a safe world for my classmates and I. You have helped to teach me to be safe and gave real world values. You can tell how much you enjoy talking to children and helping to keep them safe. I think that if all kids could hear your presentation, a lot less of them would be missing. Thank you so much."
"Dear Ms. Alicia, I am happy that you took the time to come to our school and tell us your story. A lot of people in our school having social networking accounts. I am very cautious now about who I accept as a friend. It takes a lot of courage to tell such a powerful story. Your story really touched me. Today, I am more cautious because I heard this information from you in person, someone that this happened to.
"Dear Ms. Alicia, I am so grateful that you were able to come to our school and talk with us. i appreciate that you were able to talk about what happened to you, because not everyone can do that. I can remember your story and what you told us when I got into chat rooms or use social networking sites. To tell you the truth, I did not think anything like this could happen to me until I heard your story. Thanks to you, I will think twice before talking to random people online or in chat rooms."
"Dear Ms. Alicia, I am so glad for the experience to see your presentation and meeting you. Your presentation helped me to answer a lot of questions. I had always thought that something like what happened to you could never happen to me, but you were my age when you were abducted. Your presentation showed me how wrong I thought about the things that could and couldn't happen. I used to think that only girls needed to protect themselves from predators, guess I was wrong about that too. I am so thankful that you changed my way of thinking. Thank you so much for coming to talk to our school."