From humble beginnings on a 270 acre farm in Ohio, to the recesses of Uganda’s human trafficking camps, Nicole Bromley returned to Eastern Nazarene College January 18 to share her trials with sexual abuse to the ENC community.
“It was a great experience for me to be back at ENC,” said Bromley, returning to campus for the first time in nearly a decade. “Seeing old friends and feeling supported in all that God has called me to do made my visit feel very special and life-giving.”
The ENC alumna spoke at chapel about her experience facing sexual abuse as a child, hoping to inspire a culture of authenticity and transparency to those that suffered through similar experiences. She also spoke to the athletes of ENC about the importance of consent and the need for safe relationship boundaries.
Long before the #MeToo Movement, Bromley founded OneVoice, a non-profit organization focused on stopping child sex trafficking around the world, according to the OneVoice site. She hopes to use her OneVoice platform to act as an advocate for those who want to share their stories of sexual abuse.
Bromley attended ENC from 1998-2000, studying psychology and playing for the women’s basketball team. She credits her time at ENC as essential to healing after her bouts with sexual abuse as a child.
“I was initially very homesick,” said Bromley, coming from Ohio to enroll at ENC in 1998. “But the small Christian college atmosphere and being on the basketball team gave me a sense of community. My team was my family and that was the most important thing to me.”
Bromley transferred to Marietta College after her sophomore year at ENC to move closer to her ailing grandfather. Since graduating, Bromley has been asked to speak at numerous colleges including Geneva College in Pennsylvania and Westmont College in California.
She has written multiple books sharing her story including Hush: Moving From Silence to Healing after Childhood Sexual Abuse and Breathe: Finding Freedom to Thrive in Relationships after Childhood Sexual Abuse. Both books can be found at this link from her website iamonevoice.org.