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Aurelia Sands Belle, M.Ed.

Ms. Sands Belle holds a Master of Education in Community Counseling from Georgia State University. In 2018, she joined the Medical University of South Carolina faculty as a Research Instructor in the National Crime Victim Research and Treatment Center, working on the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center project. The mission of the NMVVRC is to strengthen the nation’s capacity to serve victims and survivors of mass violence incidences through research, planning, training, technology, and collaboration. Ms. Sands Belle provides instruction and training to local, state, and national conferences on issues related to crime victims. She is helping develop content for the Virtual Resiliency Center and participates in the Resiliency Directors and Administrators Forums, the National Town Hall, as well as co-facilitates Survivor-Driven Non-governmental Organizations.

Ms. Sands Belle is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), with extensive experience in teaching and training related to victim services and advocacy.  

Prior to her current position, Ms. Sands Belle was the Executive Director of several community-based nonprofits in North Carolina addressing gender-based violence, and has served on many national and local crisis response teams. She is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the US Presidential Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Crime Victims (OVC). She is dedicated to addressing diversity, equality, and inclusion in all areas, as well as mentoring others. 

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Cruel Valentine

Cruel Valentine is an award-winning, international burlesque entertainer, adult performer, dominatrix, and artist. They serve as a board member and consultant for alternative, creative, and adult companies in Chicago and beyond. Valentine holds a BA in Musical Theatre and an MA in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago, a certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University, and they’re currently studying at DePaul University College of Law. Their teaching credits include many university workshops, spanning performance, business, sexual health, sex worker rights, and more. Inquiries may be directed to Learn more at and the universal social handle, @CruelValentine.

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