Three sexual abuse survivors chat about the dangers of abuse for victims quarantined with abusers during the pandemic, the importance of supporting local advocacy centers as well as the National Sexual Assault Hotline, and how we can support each other even while we are separate. Hosts Nicole Braddock Bromley and Mary O'Brien are joined by Olympic swimmer, Margaret Hoelzer.
Part 1 of a series with Nicole and Mary.
Nicole Braddock Bromley is an author and an international activist on issues of sexual abuse and sex trafficking. She is the founder and director of OneVOICE (www.iamonevoice.org) and OneVOICE4freedom (www.onevoice4freedom.org).
Mary O'Brien is a morning show host for 104.9 The River and works alongside Nicole as leading ladies for the nonprofit anti-trafficking organization, OneVOICE4freedom.
Both Nicole and Mary are outspoken survivors of child sexual abuse and together bring a dynamic voice to the healing journey from sexual abuse.
A very dear friend who I have traveled around the world with, doing anti-trafficking work and caring for the poor, joins us today. Janice Meyer is a humanitarian documentary photographer, a sexual abuse survivor and one of the most all-around incredible human beings I have ever known. I am so excited for you to hear her story, get to know her heart of gold, be inspired by her life and order her book! (www.janicemeyer.net)
A dear friend of OneVOICE and a real firecracker of a preacher and poet, Esmeralda Ridilla joins us today from Abilene, Texas. She is the founder and executive director of Emerald of the Sea, a nonprofit empowering survivors to heal from sexual trauma.
Special Guest: Lexie Smith, a brave advocate and survivor of sexual abuse, trafficking and exploitation. Lexie was recently a featured survivor in the new film Blind Eyes Opened that shines a light on sex trafficking in America. On our podcast she unpacks her story of being exploited and trafficked as a child and she helps all of us to be awakened to the reality of sex trafficking in America, dispels the myths, and helps us learn how we can be a solution to it.
Special Guest, Margaret Hoelzer, a Two-time Olympic Swimmer, Three-time Medalist, World Champion & 2008 World Record Holder shares her story of child sexual abuse and her healing journey. We talk about everything: success and sports, the healthy versus unhealthy coping within it, realizing your strength as a survivor and using it to your advantage, dating, shame, and the impact of having friends and family who believe, care and respond well. #metoo