Tonight's special guest is Robin Marvel from Grand Rapids, Michigan, a survivor and an author, and is a returning NAASCA family member. Please see RobinMarvel.webs.com for all she does! "Every night of my childhood was the same story of my parent's meeting up at a bar, an event that would result in my dad following my mom home," she explains, "then provoking the fight that would carry on throughout the night." Robin’s childhood was peppered with domestic, drug, emotional and mental abuse. She can recall multiple parental kidnappings, experienced homelessness more than once and could recount stories of the effects of drug abuse for hours. As a teenager, Robin had no sense of self-worth or self-love. To compensate, she turned to alcohol and partying. She was sexually assaulted by a male friend and chose to take part in his prosecution. The reality check she needed came with becoming a mother at 16. Upon learning she was having a girl Robin made the decision that they would not be a statistic. It's important to Robin that she is always a great role model by living with self-respect and determination. She refused to repeat the cycle, as she relates, “I have turned the unfortunate circumstances I experienced as a child into a method of encouraging others, aiding those in need in the pursuit of finding confidence and strength. My passion lies in reaching out to those who can relate and encouraging them to heal from the inside out. These days, I have ditched the wounded persona and traded it up for the life of a multi-published author and presenter in the field of self-development. I use the medium of authorship and speaking to show others that they are not a product of their past.” Robin also offers Healing Childhood Trauma/PTSD online courses.