Victor Rivas Rivers to Speak at Annual Healing and Hope Luncheon

Victor Rivas.

Hollywood actor and survivor of childhood domestic violence Victor Rivas Rivers will be the guest speaker at the Fort Bend Women’s Center Healing and Hope Luncheon at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land on October 11th.

Rivers, his siblings and mother experienced unspeakable physical abuse at the hands of his father. When he was a teenager, his father kidnapped him and his siblings, transporting them to a different state, without their mother. At the luncheon, Rivers will share his journey escaping abuse by running away and living on the streets and becoming the first Cuban-born athlete to land a tryout with the Miami Dolphins. He also starred in several movies, such as The Mask of Zorro and The Hulk and hit TV shows including CSI Miami, Law & Order LA, JAG and Star Trek.

Rivers will also share his experiences as a long time domestic violence advocate working to raise awareness and educate the public on breaking the cycle of violence. He regularly addresses policy makers and has given evidence before Congress.

The Healing and Hope Luncheon is the keynote event in Fort Bend Women’s Center’s annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign. Fort Bend Women’s Center is the only domestic violence and sexual assault emergency shelter and crisis hotline in Fort Bend County. It is also the county’s largest provider of support services, such as counseling, advocacy and case management for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Fort Bend Women’s Center CEO Vita Goodell said, “We are so pleased that Victor will be sharing his story at this year’s luncheon. His experiences are a powerful reminder of the impact of domestic violence on children and their need for support to help them succeed. We hope his story will inspire others in our community to show their support for the more than 1,000 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault that the Women’s Center serves every year.”

Sponsorship packages for the Women’s Center’s Healing and Hope Luncheon begin at $1,500 and individual tickets are available starting at $100.  For more information, visit