"You can hear a tear drop"
Shannon’s warmth, wit, knowledge and insight reach audiences of all ages, genders and backgrounds, and every talk is customized to the audience. Whether your corporation needs an inspirational talk and solid advice on compassionate leadership, your organization needs subject-matter expertise, your community needs to heal, your team needs to rebuild, or your class needs to apply theory to real life, Shannon Moroney offers a one-of-a-kind experience.
Using her own photographs and artwork to illustrate her story, Shannon eloquently articulates the principles of restorative justice, the Rs of resilience, the need for empathy, and how to transform PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) into PTSG (post-traumatic super growth).
Shannon imparts invaluable lessons on leadership, courage, and the indispensable role of compassion in nurturing healthy communities. Experience the profound impact of her unique perspective, her unforgettable personal journey, her deep insights and her stunning expertise. Move yourself and your team forward equipped to face challenges with newfound strength and knowledge.
“Through the Glass is much more than a personal story about Shannon Moroney’s experiences with the criminal justice system. It is about the manner in which crime and the criminal justice system affects not only victims and offenders, but also those close to those who commit offences. Her story reminds us not only of the unpredictability of crime but also of the unpredictability of society’s response to it. This beautifully written book is a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in obtaining a full understanding of the manner in which crime affects us all.”
—Anthony N. Doob, Member of the Order of Canada and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Professor Emeritus of Criminology, University of Toronto
"With courage and compassion Shannon Moroney draws us into the hidden world of those navigating the justice system—victims, offenders, families and communities. Shannon's compelling story, Through the Glass, has something to offer us all—personally and professionally. Against the odds, Shannon navigates a journey of hope for all of us."
— Brenda Morrison, Ph.D, Professor, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
"Listening to Shannon’s story brought up a lot for me. I never really thought about the impact on my family. I see now what my violence does not only to my direct victims but to my family as well.”
— P.W., prison inmate, California
"Shannon Moroney is an excellent speaker, with a riveting story about her experience with the criminal justice system after her husband committed a horrific crime. Her insights and subsequent life changes have benefited and brought hope to thousands of people in her audiences.
— Cathleen Fillmore, Event Planner
“Shannon presents very difficult and complex material in an engaging and articulate way that is emotionally impactful for the audience. Her story and artwork bring to the surface many of the stereotypes we tend to have, and challenge the dichotomies we create between ‘offender’ and ‘victim’. Hers was a victim perspective that I had not heard before.”
— Mark Yantzi, M.A.Sc, Executive Director of Community Justice Initiative and former City
Councillor, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Shannon’s open recount of her trauma experience takes us into the complex journey of a person affected by crime, allowing us to reconsider our own perspectives on victims, their needs and their expectations. More importantly, Shannon’s story is a story of hope. Her courage to transcend the trauma and reconstruct the meaning of her life through the healing power of compassion offers tangible hope to all people affected by crime, their families, their communities.
It is a transforming story—a story to listen to.
— Marinetta Cannito Hjort, International Restorative Justice Trainer & Consultant; Chaplain, American University, Washington, DC.
“Shannon is an excellent speaker and educator on the topics of trauma, healing and redemption. Her artwork and storytelling provide a powerful presentation on her experiences as a victim of serious crime and how restorative justice played an important role in her own healing process. Her work will prove to be transformative for professionals in both the conventional and restorative justice fields.”
—Jessalyn Nash, Director, Restorative Justice for Youth Initiative, American Humane Association & Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice, Sonoma State University
“What an incredible story, and what a gifted story teller Shannon is. Once you pick up this book, you won’t be able to put it down. Moreover, it is likely to challenge some firmly-held assumptions about sexual offending and about who is included among its victims.”
—Howard Zehr, Ph.D., American Criminologist and Co-Director of the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice; Advisor to the US Sentencing Committee
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"I was on the team that brought Shannon to speak in Belfast and we were all moved. I'd never before experienced such a powerful and inspiring personal story, and Shannon was as delightful to talk with in person as she was to listen to on stage."
What stands out is Shannon's ability to connect with people. From justice professionals to prison inmates to the general public, Shannon brought people to tears and then to hope as they connected with her story. She is a great catalyst for people and organizations overcoming violence and working for personal and systemic change."
"Shannon has the biggest wings of any angel on earth. I don't know what I would have done without her support, guidance, compassion and advocacy. My life finally feels like my own again."