About Us- Our History
“It was while sitting, locked inside my upstairs bathroom after a flashback, that the idea of EmpowerSurvivors was born.
I just couldn’t believe that the pain of childhood sexual abuse that I had pushed so far back in my mind could come back with such vengeance. The flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, panic attacks, hyper vigilance, nightmares and suicidal thoughts seemed to take over my life and I thought I was losing my mind. I didn’t know who I could tell, who I could trust and was fearful of anyone finding out about this "secret" I had kept for decades. I feared things I did not understand, and wore the cloak of shame and blame so tight around me that the thought of telling anyone of my childhood molestation and rape made me physically , emotionally, mentally and spiritually sick. I was stuck in a world of negative voices, isolation, and felt as though my life as I knew it was over.
I wondered how abuse of this kind could be happening to children at epidemic levels and no one was talking about this. I wondered how I could go a lifetime not realizing how unprocessed trauma had affected my life. I wondered how I could go through life thinking I was damaged goods, dirty, not good enough and why when I finally did break my silence no one was there to support me or others abused as children.
I just couldn’t accept the silence, the lack of education and support, the blame put on survivors of this crime, and so began not only my healing journey but the beginnings of EmpowerSurvivors.” - Elizabeth
EmpowerSurvivors was created and founded by Elizabeth Sullivan in 2014. It was during her own healing journey that she realized survivors needed an organization that would create a “safe place” of support for survivors, provide resources and educate survivors to better understand their own healing journey and how the child abuse done to them so many years ago could manifest itself into every fiber of their being.
Today , EmpowerSurvivors, is a 501c3 charitable nonprofit organization based in Stillwater,MN and run and operated by adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma.
EmpowerSurvivors supports survivors locally, nationally and worldwide. We believe in uniting our voices, supporting survivors on their healing journey’s , educating communities on childhood sexual abuse and prevention and reducing the the adverse childhood experiences that effects not only the survivor but their families, society, and institutions.
Today we offer online and offline peer support for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, support the family and friends of survivors, offer classes, educate the community on child abuse and prevention and currently hold a annual event for survivors and community called “Giving Voice”.
Together we can make a world where children can grow up safe, become who they are meant to be and break the cycle of abuse that goes on for generations.
Contact Elizabeth Sullivan at EmpowerSurvivors for more information on groups, classes or events.
Schedule Elizabeth to speak at your next event, to donate, or become involved in our mission!
Click here to read Elizabeth's 2015 interview in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Elizabeth's story told on NAASCA's Stop Child Abuse Now Program:
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The Team - Together We Can End Child Abuse!
EmpowerSurvivors board is made up of individuals that have personal experience with childhood sexual abuse, have family or friends that were sexually abused or work in a field that works with survivors and trauma. Together we work together as one team and family to ensure all who come to EmpowerSurvivors will be supported on their healing journeys, learn, grow and be supported.
EmpowerSurvivors is located in the beautiful St. Croix Valley also known as the "birthplace" of Minnesota.
1940 South Greeley Street,
Hours Of Operation- By Appointment - Please Call
Monday CSA Support Group 6:00 pm - Eagan, MN
Tuesday By Appointment
Wednesday CSA Support Group 10:00 am - Stillwater,MN
Thursday CSA Support Group 6:00 pm - Stillwater,MN
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