Before I continue on, I’d like to add a disclaimer to this episode, especially if you have young children around who can hear me speaking at this very moment: The following episode contains mature content. Listener discretion is advised.
Today my guest is psychotherapist and author of “Unbroken: One Woman’s Journey to Rebuild a Life Shattered by Violence. A True Story of Survival and Hope”, Madeleine Black.
At the age of 13 her innocence was shattered and her entire life experience was forever altered on one night where she was gang-raped by two American teenagers.
I would like us to take a moment to visual our lives as 13 year olds.
What was your middle school life experience like?
What did you worry about?
What were your chief concerns in life?
Because of my good luck for lack of a better word, my memories are still of a naive and innocent boy that really knew very little about violence and evil in the world at large.
I can’t even begin to fathom the amount of emotional strength that Madeleine possesses.
In our conversation, we discuss:
- Her decades long road to recovery
- What we can do as parents and members of society to first help reduce and then eradicate sexual abuse … and this is of the utmost importance because recovery as a victim of sexual assault is an extremely long and difficult road that no one should have to walk.
Anyone who’s watched helplessly while a human being they dearly love attempts to overcome the physical and psychological effects of sexual abuse can tell you there are no simple magic-bullet solutions.
When it comes to the first steps that can be taken in the battle for eradication meditate on this quote by Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
The reality of the current world we live in was created because good people saw evil, sat around, and did nothing. Let’s change that by taking action whenever evil enters our sphere of influence.
Madeleine and I also discuss forgiveness and her quest to help as many human beings affected by sexual assault as possible find their voice.
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