Tonight's special guest is Shanna Maria, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, a child abuse survivor who describes herself as "a visionary who has sat back and watched and still not satisfied with the lack of progress still to this day with sexual abuse." She also believes perpetrators are being protected by the system. "I am not afraid to speak the truth about this," she says, ".. ready to help make much needed changes and able to be a light for other survivors that healing is possible." Shanna was abused all through her youth. "I was sexually abused by my grandfather," she tells us. "I was 5 Years old when my abuse started and 17 Years old when it ended. I became pregnant at 17 years. I was 5 months pregnant he tried to assault me one last time and I remember like it was yesterday." Her grandfather died shortly after, but Shanna had two more sexual assaults, raped at 16 by another family member and later sexually assaulted in her early 20s by her husband's relative. Shanna says, "Growing up I had always felt like I had a target on my forehead that said 'please abuse here.' I call sexual abuse 'murder to one's soul' .. without physically murdering." She still struggels sometimes with her past. "When I get asked do I hate my abuser? That has never been an easy question to answer as in my incest case my abuser was very much like a Jekyll & Hyde. Funny and charming and the next minute it was like that person is no longer there .. cold and distant like looking into someone who doesn't have a soul." She describes herself as a n intuitive Guide/ Mentor. "I am a public speaker and an advocate for children and Human transformation." She goes on, "Soul Design School is not a single class, or workshop, or event. It is a MOVEMENT."
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