Speaking Personally

The Melissa Institute was founded after the murder of Melissa Aptman to honor her memory and share the science of violence prevention.

Below are some personal writings from Dr. Michael Aptman and Lynn Aptman, Melissa’s parents and the founders of The Melissa Institute:

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Violence is Preventable – presented at Peace and Harmony 2009 by Dr. Michael Aptman.

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One In A Million? – an article by Dr. Michael Aptman published inNeurology, a medical journal. It expresses his professional and personal experiences as a result of Melissa’s murder.

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Silence the Violence – lyrics of a song composed by Lynn Aptman, which she performed at the Peace & Harmony concert, Music for a Better World.

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Uncertainty – a poem written by Melissa Aptman shortly before her death.