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Roseville therapist falls short of Pepsi grant

But continues plans to start nonprofit organization for mothers of sexual abuse survivors
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Roseville therapist Kim Johnson hoped to win a Pepsi Refresh Project grant to jumpstart her new nonprofit organization. Johnson’s idea fell short, as she finished 325th out of 443 in the November race. She wanted a $50,000 grant, and only 10 were available. The Pepsi Refresh Project funds $1.3 million in ideas intended to make positive impacts in communities. Entries that receive the most votes in the online contest offered each month win. But that little setback hasn’t stopped Johnson from pursuing her goal, which involves forming an organization called Mothers of Molest Survivors (M.O.M.S.) for mothers of people who have survived sexual abuse. “Not only am I continuing the process of starting a nonprofit, I am beginning to design a website,” Johnson said Tuesday. “I am also continuing to do research on mothers whose children have been molested and adults who were molested as children and how their mothers responded.” Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker who counsels people dealing with trauma following physical, sexual, emotional and mental abuse. In her two decades of counseling survivors of sexual assault, incest and molestation, she discovered a missing link in the healing process — resources for mothers of survivors were lacking. Yet, mothers play a key role in the healing process, she said. M.O.M.S. would provide survivors’ mothers with training, education and resources on the proper responses after learning their child has been victimized. The group would also connect mothers to a network of other moms dealing with similar issues. For more information or to contact Johnson, e-mail helpmoms@yahoo.com. ~ Sena Christian