Our Partnership with Bridie Farrell
About Bridie Farrell
Bridie Farrell was a nationally ranked speed skater who competed in Olympic Trials and held three American records. At the age of 31, she disclosed that beginning at age 15, she was sexually abused by her then 33-year-old teammate, an Olympic silver medalist.
Bridie’s national advocacy for sexual assault survivors
Sixteen years after the abuse by her teammate ended, Bridie became an outspoken advocate to end child sexual abuse. She formed the nonprofit NY Loves Kids in 2018, which ultimately became America Loves Kids. America Loves Kids educates the public about child sexual abuse, connects survivors to resources, and works to improve related laws and policies.
Bridie worked with lawmakers to spearhead legislation in New York (the Child Victims Act) and Arizona (H.B. 2466), both of which were passed in 2019. The laws substantially extended the time for survivors in those states to take civil action against their abusers.
After helping to change the laws, Bridie found it challenging to find a trauma-informed law firm that was the right fit for her own lawsuit against her abuser. Using the experience and knowledge she gained from vetting law firms and getting to know many trial lawyers, Bridie now consults with other survivors, providing resources and guidance for those who consider coming forward in the future.
But a survivor’s journey does not end at the conclusion of litigation, and similar to every other step along Bridie’s path, when she encounters a challenge, she takes action. When Bridie realized the level of responsibility and complexity that can come with a financial recovery, she partnered with Milestone to extend her support of survivors beyond settlement.
Milestone’s partnership with Bridie
Milestone is a trauma-informed settlement planning firm that assists survivors in planning for their financial future with the monetary recovery they will receive from a lawsuit.
“We must try new things and look beyond immediate types of support. That’s why I began a partnership with Milestone,” Bridie said. “Milestone’s founder, John Bair, has committed his life to supporting survivors as they make post-litigation financial decisions, and he has built a top-notch team to help him carry out that mission. We share the belief that society’s obligation to victims does not stop at the end of a lawsuit. We must think through a whole-survivor approach that begins with the process of coming forward and ends with a complete commitment to their physical, emotional and financial health that continues after settlement.”
“We’re poised and ready to help as many survivors as we can, and we see this strategic partnership with Bridie as a major step forward in being able to do so,” John Bair said. “Bridie’s voice coupled with our firm’s prowess positions us to truly give survivors the level of service and care they deserve.”