In this episode, I’m joined by Mary Ellen Sinclair, author of A Girl’s Courage. Mary Ellen joins me to share her story of how she’s been able to use the gifts within her to move into a life of thriving after growing up sexually abused.
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Mary Ellen was sexually abused by her father from as early as she can remember until she was 13 years old.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
Mary Ellen has struggled with trust and self-esteem as a result of the abuse and growing up feeling different from others.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
Going to therapy and attending Survivors of Incest Anonymous support groups helped Mary Ellen in her healing. Reading the stories of other women who overcame hardships was also helpful as it gave her hope for her situation. Two other things helpful to Mary Ellen's healing were doing research to understand why her father abused her and becoming an artist.
What Mary Ellen does today: Mary Ellen is an artist who uses fabric realism.
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?
Mary Ellen's Answer: Have faith that you'll get out of the situation.
A Girl's Courage - Mary Ellen's book
AGirlsCourage.com - where you can also find Mary Ellen's book as well as her blog
Facebook - A Girl's Courage Facebook page
Survivors of Incest Anonymous - a support group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
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