Bridie Farrell is an advocate on behalf of crime victims and survivors of abuse and exploitation. She is a frequent commentator in the media and a distinguished speaker about issues related to abuse.
Bridie was a nationally ranked speedskater at the age of 15 when she was sexually abused by her 33-year-old Olympic silver medalist teammate. She went on to hold three American records but missed four Olympic teams, while her abuser became the President of US Speedskating and Chairman of the International Skating Union. Bridie publicly disclosed the abuse in 2013 and subsequently gave up a career in finance to commit herself to the cause of abuse survivors and crime victims.
Bridie’s work is now national in scope and inspired her to create the nonprofit America Loves Kids, which provides services and support to survivors and advocates for passage of survivor-oriented public policy. She was instrumental in the adoption of Child Victims Act laws across the country, from New York to Arizona, and has been a leader in advocating for new legislation to benefit survivors such as the Adult Survivors Act in New York and California.