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 12-step 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 assumed her function as Co-Founder of Sacred Innocence in January of 2017 upon the return of her LDS mission in Argentina.
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 says that her passion for helping victims of sexual abuse started when she recognized the power of being first generation sexual abuse free. “I think everyday how different my life could’ve been if my parents hadn’t sacrficed what they did to heal and protect me and my siblings.”
Lauren is 22 years old and lives in Provo Utah. She is a Junior at Brigham Young University studying Political Science.