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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 955

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Tonight's special guest is Coral Anika Theill, abuse survivor and author of the memoir "Bonshea: Making Light of the Dark." For several years as a young child she was sex trafficked by her mother nearly every night. Eventually she experienced molestation and abuse, rape, domestic violence, marital rape, spiritual abuse, and nearly twenty years of “legal stalking” and judicial injustice. "I knew that my soul had been violated," she says. "I knew someone, somehow, had taken something very sacred of mine. Feelings of shame, uncertainty and chaos would haunt me in the years to come as a result of living in a home where no one listened and boundaries were seldom honored." Now living under a “state address protection program” from her former husband, Coral knows healing is the process of rounding up all the fragments of our shattered self and reconciling them. It took her a long time to 'find her voice' and she says she's learned that true freedom begins that day we walk away from fear, scarcity, blame, and guilt. "Childhood sexual abuse is ‘soul murder’ and child homicide," she explains. "Survivors become the walking wounded." Coral goes on, "The freedom that I gained when I broke my silence about the abuse I suffered I wouldn't trade for anything. Once secrets are exposed to the light, they lose their power over you. A victim's first scream is for help; a victim's second scream is for justice." Her published works address abuse and trauma recovery and Coral's positive insights as a survivor have earned the respect of fellow survivors, clinical therapists, advocates, professors and authors. Please see: www.coralanikatheill.com

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