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Mary Ann Werner, Founder

S.E.S.A.M.E. was founded by a courageous woman who had the courage to take a stand and make it count. Mary Ann Werner's concern about educator sexual abuse began in 1991 with the disclosures by family members. Since that time, her tireless efforts have touched more lives than she could possibly count. Ms. Werner has testified at several New York state legislative public hearings, presented at various national conferences, and authored chapters in The Psychology of Sexual Victimization: A Handbook edited by Michele Paludi and Dear Teacher If You Only Knew! edited by John Seryak. Her comments on educator sexual abuse have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines across the country.

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