“It was while sitting, locked inside my upstairs bathroom after a flashback, that 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 going crazy. I didn’t know who I could tell or even if I should.
I wondered how this kind of thing could be happening to children and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and no one was talking about this? No one was helping?
I just couldn’t accept that and so began the journey and beginnings of EmpowerSurvivors.”
- Elizabeth Sullivan
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” for support, 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. EmpowerSurvivors supports survivors locally, nationally and worldwide. We believe uniting our voices, supporting survivors on their healing journey’s , educating communities on childhood sexual abuse and prevention is the only way to lower the statistics and adverse childhood experiences that are at epidemic levels.
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, to schedule Elizabeth to speak at your next event, to donate, or become involved in our mission! EmpowerSurvivors@gmail.com
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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EmpowerSurvivors is located in the beauitiful
St. Croix Valley also known as the "birthplace" of Minnesota.
1940 South Greeley Street,
Our Main Location provides a safe space for peer led support groups, one-on-one support, classes, workshops and healing of the mind , body and soul.
Hours Of Operation- By Appointment
Monday 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Call 651-300-9180 For Appointment