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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2311

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Tonight's special guest is Monica Boglin from Puyallup, Washington, a survivor of childhood sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Monica writes, “My father was the primary abuser and an alcoholic, and my mother being a victim of spousal abuse inevitably became the classic enabler. The sexual abuse and molestation were from an older brother. I firmly believe that the upbringing of both parents, who were respectively abused and abandoned by their parents, hold no real awareness about their actions as they subsequently did to their own children what was done to them. They had no one to teach them to identify abuse and/or to ascertain that abuse is wrong. They further failed my siblings and especially my brother.” The onset of Lupus around age 29 caused Monica to realize she had to move past the pain. She came to a deep self-actualization that she needed to practice self-care in order to manage the disease. Research denotes that autoimmune diseases have been linked to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Monica concludes, “I’ve finally found a way to forgive the unforgivable and to firmly keep anyone and everything harmful out of my life, thus allowing me to accept the hurt but to be more focused on healing. I will have Lupus forever and I will bear the scars of abuse forever, but now as a symbol of strength and perseverance and no longer as shame, anger, or harm. I am professionally employed as a teacher in the adult career education sector. I am also completing a PhD in metaphysical science and counseling and I hope to further use my story as a way to become of service and to help those along the path to their own healing, because I now know that hope and help is available.”

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