Berit Kyllo Francis is co-chair of the St. Jude Gala, an avid advocate against sexual violence and a former member of RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). She recently began supporting a documentary film entitled Brave Miss World, which she hopes will reach people of all ages, especially high school students.
Berit has faced many challenges throughout her life. Her response to those challenges is what makes her a notable Wayzata alum. While working in California, she was a victim of sexual violence. She speaks about how that experience shook her and ultimately determined the path her life would take.
Berit uses her own survivor experience to discuss the issue of sexual violence and to encourage people affected to get support and help. She advocates for social change by changing perceptions and helping to eradicate negative stigmas still associated with sexual assault survivors. She has successfully lobbied for more funding for DNA testing of backlogged rape kits.