Elisabeth is a survivor of family-controlled child sex trafficking and sex abuse. Her encounters with domestic violence and incest began when she was just two years old. After years of familial sexual abuse, her father started selling her to make extra money. Through her bravery and resilience, she was able to survive the cult environment, and leave home at 18, but not without physical and psychological repercussions. She was 36 before her first repressed memory was retrieved. She has spent the past five years recovering from her childhood experiences and earning her master’s degree in social work (MSW), while parenting two small children.
As she moves from the corporate world to a role in the fight against human trafficking and sexual abuse, she is excited about her contribution to this field. Her education in social work, experience in program management, training, finance and information technology, and her personal experiences as a sex trafficking and abuse survivor make her well-qualified to have an impact in the struggle to eliminate modern-day slavery.
Elisabeth writes about the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of recovery from complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) and dissociation on her blog at http://www.BeatingTrauma.com. She intimately discusses issues that affect the daily lives of survivors, including breaking the cycle of abuse through conscious parenting, navigating intimate relationships as a survivor, balancing the memory recovery process with daily life, coping with self-doubt and overcoming the physical symptoms of a traumatic childhood.
As an advocate, she has three goals:
1) She is interested in bringing the discussion of sex abuse and sex trafficking to the children in schools and other venues with young audiences. She understands the strategies that families use to deter children from understanding and talking about their abuse, and she wants to counter those tactics through education.
2) With a degree in social work, she is interested in training and speaking with recovery partners who work with adult and child survivors, so that she can help them understand some of the challenges they may be facing.
3) Through her blog and virtual forum, she works with adult survivors of sexual violence. She hopes to develop a program to help other survivors experience deep recovery from their abuse-born belief systems. She wants to show survivors how to achieve true independence and make their seemingly unattainable goals a reality.