Wendy M. Johnson
President & Founder
Wendy M. Johnson is the President and Founder of Sacred Innocence. She is a wife and the mother of five children. Wendy currently attends the Harvard Extension School receiving a masters in International Relations. She is the author of the 14-session empowerment program for victims of sexual abuse and shares her own experience with sexual abuse.
"I founded Sacred Innocence, Inc. because of my own experience with Family Sexual Abuse. I experienced neglect, physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse by my father. My mother never tried to rescue me from all the abuses and was an enabling part of the abuse by letting it happen. Upon trying to talk about being abused with my parents, as an adult, I was told to stop talking about it and never bring it up again or they would disown me. I choose to speak up knowing they would never talk to me again, which is true to this day.
After getting married I promised my husband and my children, yet to be born, that they would never experience the neglect, physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse that I did. Through getting educated on how to have healthy family relationships, and learning I was not alone, I was able to learn the skills needed to protect my children. I was able to tap into a power within myself that I could have never experienced. After many years of hard work and dedication to my purpose within my family, I was blessed to feel whole, complete, and strong enough to forgive my father and mother."
Lauren Johnson is 24 years old and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. She recently graduated in Political Science with a Global Development emphasis from Brigham Young University. She has had considerable training in the areas of Venture Capital Investment, start-ups, public speaking and humanitarian outreach. She has owned two of her own companies where she worked closely with American and Chinese manufacturers.
In 2015, Lauren spent 18 months living in Comodoro Rivadavia Argentina as a volunteer missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It was there she learned Spanish and learned how to connect with other cultures. She later assumed her function as Co-Founder of Sacred Innocence in January of 2017 upon the return of her mission.
As Co-Founder, Lauren helps drive all aspects of organizational performance. She is responsible for directing philanthropic and volunteer operations as well as partner relations. She generates key opportunities and connections for Sacred Innocence. She helps Wendy M. Johnson see through the vision and mission of Sacred Innocence to empower victims of sexual abuse to overcome their past, stop the abuse from continuing and tap into their full potential.
Lauren's focus is on how the next generation can be stronger, more capable, better at leading, safer and better protected if survivors start and finish their healing journey.