In this episode of The Grass Gets Greener podcast, I'm joined by survivor, speaker and child sexual abuse advocate, Mike Pistorino. Mike joins me to share his story of transforming his life after growing up abused and how he's using his voice to change the world when it comes to child sexual abuse.
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Mike was raped hundreds of times by a neighbor from the ages of 6-12.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
The abuse led Mike to feel shame and anger, which led to drug addiction for 16 years. During this time he was in and out of prison, homeless, and had many failed relationships.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
Rehab, being told he was loved, and getting the appropriate counseling helped Mike turn his life around. The biggest factor in his recovery has been talking about what happened to him.
What Mike does today:
Mike is a public speaker, vice president of a multi-million dollar company, and marathon runner.
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?
Mike's Answer: Tell someone.
MikePistorino.us - Mike's website where you can find out more about the work he's doing
Facebook - Mike's Facebook page
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center - The place where Mike received the counseling that turned his life around
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