Tonight's special guest is Nadia Ackerman from Brooklyn, New York, a child sexual abuse survivor, songwriter and artist, who's featured in the HealthiNation short documentary film, 'Time to Live Again', which was released in early December, 2016. Originally from Australia, Nadia opens up about the sexual abuse she suffered when she was a child. "I was sexually abused from the age of 6 for three years by the father of a family who moved in across the road from us in Sydney, Australia," Nadia explains. "The only reason it stopped is because they moved." The experiences stayed locked up inside her for quite a while. "I had my first flash back at 21. That's when I realized something horrific had happened to me," she says. Nadia suffered night terrors, PTSD, disassociation, suicidal thoughts and depression. "In my early 30's I had an emotional breakdown that lead me on the path to healing. My greatest tool was ending up with a therapist who specializes in EMDR here in NYC." Nadia was able to heal herself and turn her past into something positive. Her songs and drawings are thematically centered around childhood, and contain whimsical characters and settings. There are, however, some heartbreaking aspects to her art - and that sadness becomes even more apparent once you understand Nadia's past. Hers is a story of hope, told from the perspective of a true survivor. Yes, Nadia's past is painful and sad, but she has been able to spin it into a positive light by channeling her feelings into her art. She hopes to become a mentor to young girls and boys, and to encourage them to speak up about abuse.
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