Bio

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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.

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26 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Hello.
    I just finished reading a few of your blog posts after reading another one of your articles in “The Good Men Project”.
    I don’t know what to say except, thanks for educating us on this subject. I’ll keep you in my mind, and I do wish you the very best.
    Vera, Portugal.

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    • Thank you so much Vera. I am glad that you are interested in learning more about this subject. Every time a person chooses not to look away, we make progress against sexual violence.

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  2. I found your blog after your article for The Good Men Project was reprinted on xojane.com. Please continue doing the work your doing. Your making a difference and are appreciated! Thank you!

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  3. I am glad I have stumbled upon your blog. You are doing what I someday hope to be a part of. Thank you for being a strong and courageous woman, it helps those of us who are still wearing our masks and who are still trying to access/discover that person we never had a chance to know. I just graduated college myself and want to be an influence, much like yourself, in my community. It may help me on my path to self discovery and hopefully give others the hands up they need.

    Thank you

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    • Hi, I listened to your story on blogtalkradio and was in tears, it helped so much to know someone out there understood and actually made it on the other side of what I have gone through. My friend has tried to get me on the show but I fear. . I could not leave this comment with my name on facebook, so I wanted to leave it here. I tried to create a bogus account to leave the comment on blog talk for Bill Murray to no avail. I hope it is OK, if not, please delete.

      Thank you for sharing your story here and for the family you have acquired…it gives us hope. I sit here fist to cheek in tears recalling the years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, I suffer from a lot of memory loss and how I have raised myself only to find it’s all backwards now and I have no family. My story mirrors yours being abused starting at 2-17 , by all family members, Father, Uncle and Cousin and a cult of people. I always thought my rape started with my cousin at age 14 after I shared everything at age 8 to a teacher and they disappeared off the face of the earth. My abuser told me she was murdered thanks to me. I too was trafficked and thought there was no hope as I told the people my father controlled. Many have committed suicide that went through this, but we lived.. I have Dissociative Identity Disorder and I believe that this gift is what saved my life as well as my art and deep love of helping people. When I have tried to get help, we were referred 30 times and quit on 4. So our belief is that if you look within..your never without. I have not had the courage to share on blogtalk yet, but my friend littlegirl413 has and invited me to and by YOUR SHARING, it empowers and encourages me. Thank you for sharing HOPE, because I have had none as I sit here recalling being trafficked out, being worthless and unloved and my murdered children. I am 38. I fought as a kid and then repressed everything like you till I died on a table of anorexia at age 23. Our minds are so amazing! I would like to connect with you. I’m still in tears. I KNOW that people out there have suffered the same, I witnessed it in my life. As I said 5 have committed suicide, I attempted myself 12 times and I’m still alive. To see you thrive, and help others empowers me!! I established an art therapy group online to utilize art as a modality to healing, By helping others and creating art, I have been a warrior. … I don’t like the word survivor. .. we are warriors in a battle for our life!!! Thanks for listening this for me is a deep connection YOU UNDERSTAND I’m a broken bird and have such issue trusting people in my life, because they are not there! Your journey to the other side inspired me to handle a few things differently. I am not ready to share like you on that level, because I’m much afraid..I have to remain anonymous and in secret. ~K

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      • Thank you so much for commenting here. I am so happy to connect with you. There are definitely many similarities in our stories. I remember being told I was responsible for the consequences that my parents instilled on others. I also tried to commit suicide more than once. While I did not split, my memory repression was my saving grace too. Our minds are amazing in how they protect us. I have a survivor (warrior) forum here. Feel free to request an invitation using the link at the top. You can be completely anonymous there too.

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  4. Hi Elizabeth, thank you for taking the time to write back. It means a lot that my comment was OK and we’re in a safe space and we’re grateful for this connection to someone who truly understands the brokenness, shame and pain. I’ve only shared a small portion of our story. I hear you about parents conditioning us to believe that their behavior was our fault. I’m thankful you have walked out of trying to commit suicide also. I have utilized those experiences as teaching tools for others as you have here. Our minds are amazing and though there is so much to splitting and living a life like this, I’m thankful for the gift of protection and survival for the both of us. Currently, my laptop died and I am on limited resources, which is unfortunate for us, because I utilize art as a modality to healing and create it online as well as run an art therapy group. Thank you for sharing the warrior forum, I will look into that.

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  5. I think I tried to post here earlier… I wanted to add that when I said I abused my daughter, I meant emotional abuse, not sexual abuse… Not that it’s not bad enough already :(, but I just wanted to make that clear. Thanks.

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  6. Elisabeth,

    So sorry to read about your horrific past. I only hope that your future is one of happiness and joy. I must confess, we have met before whilst you were at University in the UK (Steve from Eastwood 42).

    I want you to know that you were very special to me. I would really like to catch up with you and offer any support that I can.

    If you do not, I understand.

    Take care of yourself.

    Steve

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  7. I just want to say that it is so great to see you living such a positive, helpful life after such a terrible upbringing. I too was abused, but it puts everything in perspective a little more when I hear others who dealt with so much more. Elizabeth, you are so wonderful and so brave!

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    • Thank you Jill. I agree it helps so much to have a connection to other survivors. I have a small developing survivor forum on my site if you are ever interested in participating.

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