In this episode, I’m joined by Sasha Joseph Neulinger, director of the upcoming documentary film, “Rewind to Fast-Forward.” Sasha joins me to share his story of how he has been able to deal with the effects of growing up a victim of multigenerational sexual abuse and how he’s created a film about his life to help other sexual abuse survivors.
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Sasha grew up in a family where there was multigenerational sexual abuse and he was sexually abused for the first time when he was four years old. He was abused multiple times from the ages of four to eight by two uncles and a cousin. He also ended up testifying against each of his abusers in court, which didn't get resolved until he was 17 years old, and this ended up being a form of secondary trauma for Sasha.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
As a result of the abuse, Sasha lost his ability to feel love, experience joy and feel connected to those around him. He dealt with issues related to self-love, self-esteem, self-worth, and seeing the world through a victim mindset. These issues led him to get into unhealthy relationships as an adult.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
Sasha's healing began when he told one of his abusers in court, that even in spite of what they did to him, they wouldn't take the rest of his life from him. Therapy has played a big role in Sasha's healing by allowing him to work through his trauma in a safe place. Doing inner child work to sooth his hurt, four year old self has allowed Sasha to have healthy relationships again. Making his film has also helped him to grow into the man he is today.
What Sasha does today:
Sasha is a filmmaker and public speaker.
Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Sasha's Answer: Take it one day at a time and remember to love yourself.
RewindToFastForward.com - the film's website where you can watch the trailer and help support the film's release
VoiceForTheKids.com - Sasha's personal public speaking website
Trauma is irreversible. How it shapes us is our choice. - Sasha's TEDx Talk
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