Tonight's special guest is Elisabeth Corey from Richmond, Virginia, a survivor of severe childhood sex abuse and trafficking. She explains, "My childhood was not a childhood. In my family, men had sex with little girls. It was our normal. It was our culture. And it was generational. My parents grew up with it. Their parents grew up with it. Most of the victims in our family didn’t even remember it because the trauma caused memory loss. We were a family of traumatized individuals who were doing whatever it took to survive .. usually at the expense of the others." Elisabeth goes on, "My parents, uncles and grandparents started sexually abusing me when I was 2 years old. This was necessary to break me. I was indoctrinated in to a way of life. I was brainwashed. But there was a problem. As I got older, they realized I was a talker. They had not successfully broken me. I was actually telling people. The good news for them .. nobody believed me." Now in her 6th year of recovery, Elisabeth has worked with many organizations on advocacy, but her first love is BLOGGING about trauma recovery. She currently writes a blog at www.beatingtrauma.com that is geared toward the general public and survivors, but is expanding this to a subscription blog for clinicians at www.beatingtrauma.org. This new aspect will focus on trauma theory, research and practice, but from a survivor perspective. She's hoping to include interviews with other survivors and guest blog posts from clinicians.
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