Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been at home more than in what was once considered “normal” times. Because of this, domestic violence and sexual abuse cases went up. Priscilla Bordayo felt determined to help those who suffered from sexual assault and domestic violence get the resources they needed to start their healing process.
In addition to being alongside the survivors while getting their rape kits done and going to the hospital all hours of the night—sometimes for 10-hour shifts or more—Priscilla also took on a new role working for Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice.
Priscilla’s work focuses on rehabilitation and restoration for both victims and perpetrators of incest. She believes sexual abuse goes much deeper than the act itself. Her voice and experience make an impact by exposing the underlying issues that perpetuates the cycle over generations. Her motto is “hurt people hurt people, but healed people heal people.”
“It all started when I shared my story on social media, of overcoming incest by my father who was a pastor,” Priscilla said. “I shared my story of the power of forgiveness and how no matter what your upbringing was, everyone can make a difference, and anyone can change the course of their journey, by changing the way you think.”
Priscilla previously served as a court advocate for her work on the Larry Nassar case. She has advocated for over 500 women who have been sexually assaulted in the courts for five years and did this work voluntarily, without pay. She used her personal experiences to motivate her to take the road less traveled and help others experiencing similar difficult circumstances.
Priscilla is committed to working for victims who have been affected by crime as well as those who have committed crime. She knows getting to the root issues of why people do what they do is key to transformation. Priscilla had a lead role in the creation of the Clean Slate Bill, and she is currently on the team working towards the Safer Michigan Act.
She is getting ready to pitch a mentoring program that she hopes to have implemented into the junior and high schools. Priscilla also runs a nonprofit called Remarkable, where she mentors women ages 18-35 and helps them recognize their purpose in life and reach their full potential.
Priscilla also serves as a board member for the YMCA, she is worship leader for the Rivers of Life Church and volunteers for EVE (Ending Violent Encounters), River Academy and leads and volunteers at Bounce Back-a camp where the group donates shoes and basketball training by professionals.
“I have a big passion to see our communities heal, and it’s the people living in our state that push me to keep doing the work that I do,” Priscilla said. “I come from a large dysfunctional family. I knew education, drive and passion would lead me to where I am today.”