Giving a voice to those who have been silenced, what a powerful mission! Anytime you speak out on behalf of survivors of childhood trauma, you are doing just that, giving a voice to those who are not able to have their own. Sharing your story using your voice, your art, your music, your writing; whatever you can do, all that matters is that you do it. Because when the more light we shine on such a dark topic, the better off every survivor can be.

Back when I first started Surviving My Past, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I originally just started writing to get my story out, to end my own silence, and with the hopes that perhaps someone, someday might benefit from reading it and feel like they weren’t alone. It was my own little place on the web to write about my experiences in therapy as I worked through a past that included childhood trauma in the form of sexual abuse, narcissistic abuse, and bullying.

Little did I know that I would not only be finally giving my inner child the voice that he needed and deserved, but also that the blog would turn into a place where other survivors could share their story and help others with their voice. I’ve met so many incredible survivors and advocates over the years, that I do feel truly blessed to know so many incredible people out there making a difference in their own way, and to be able to do my part by providing a platform for as many as possible who also want to share and help end the silence.

That’s how I met my two guests who joined me on the podcast recently, Dawn Compton and Amanda Schrader. Both of these incredible women are survivors themselves, and their story is sure to encourage you as listen to them share. Their passion for helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse and any type of trauma, is inspiring, and I’m honored to help them share their message and the work they are doing in their local community on behalf of child advocacy.

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Dawn Compton and Amanda Schrader

Dawn and Amanda contacted me through the blog, and wanted to come on the podcast and talk about their mission to help establish a child advocacy center (CAC) in Jones County, Mississippi, and also to spread the word about their upcoming book, and just to share their stories as survivors and best friends.

These two ladies originally met at backyard Bible club about 18 years ago, and then were reunited when Amanda came to work as an RN in Jones County, and discovered that Dawn also worked at the same hospital as an RN. The two reconnected and have been best friends ever since. During their time together they discovered that each had a past that involved being abused as children, and now they have teamed up with a mission to spread awareness for childhood trauma and create resources in their local community for other survivors.

Their story is incredible and one that will both inspire and encourage you. I know for me personally, every time I talk to Dawn and Amanda, I’m filled with so much encouragement because these two women are so driven and passionate about helping children. They’ve taken it upon themselves to be the voice that they never had as children.

In addition to their individual stories as survivors, we talk about:

1. What is Voice for the Silenced and how was it started?
2. The child advocacy center.
3. When is your book, Nursing the Wounds, going to be available?
4. What’s ahead in the future, a second book?

If you’d like to learn more about Voice for the Silenced, please check out their Facebook page and consider signing their petition for a Child Advocacy Center in Jones County, Mississippi. 

Thank you again, Dawn and Amanda, for being a light in the darkness and giving a voice to the silenced. Your work is so needed and I’m honored to be on this journey with you and to help spread your message of hope, faith, and encouragement for all survivors.

-Matt

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This post and podcast is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, mental health counseling, diagnosis, or treatment.

 

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