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The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Sexual Abuse in Adulthood


Please check out our latest Healing Our Ghosts' podcast with ECHO's executive director and #metoo Harvey Weinstein's silence breaker Louise Godbold. Healing Our Ghosts shines light into the suffering we keep hidden. We are not alone in our struggles and when we share our pain, we lift the shame secrecy that keeps us alone and disconnected from each other and prevents us from healing. With humor and compassion, Ana Joanes interviews a wide variety of guests about their messy lives, how they hurt, survived and thrived and, more often than not, how they use their life's journey to contribute to the world. Ana believes the trauma-informed movement must be lead by those personally affected. She is the director of Wrestling Ghosts, a powerful and intimate documentary about childhood trauma and healing.  HealingOurGhosts-small badge

Louise's decision to speak out was fueled by her desire to share her insight on the link between childhood trauma and sexual abuse in adulthood. But her experience with the media was often re-traumatizing. Her story too often was reduced to that of being a victim and her expertise, as the director of a trauma advocacy organization, overlooked again and again. In this episode, Louise explore why childhood trauma can set the stage to more victimization in adulthood, as well as why the trauma-informed movement must be led by survivors.


Louise Godbold is the Executive Director of Echo-- an organization whose mission it is to educate trauma survivors about trauma and resilience in order to promote survivor empowerment, resolve individual and community-level trauma, and create the safe, stable, nurturing relationships that break the cycle of generational trauma. Louise is the developer and lead trainer for Echo’s professional development curriculum on trauma- and resiliency-informed practice. She is also a trauma survivor and #MeToo silence breaker. 


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Article about code of conduct for media when interviewing survivors:

Bessel Van Der Volk, The Body Keeps The Score:

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