EmpowerSurvivors founder and CEO, Elizabeth Sullivan, is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, activist and mother who knows all to well the realities and pain of childhood sexual abuse and trauma.
Elizabeth's healing journey began when she was trigerred by the Catholic Church scandal and broke her silence of childhood sexual abuse at the age of 42. It was during a marriage counseling session that Elizabeth told her therapist about the sexual abuse that happened to her by people she had known and trusted. Following this Elizabeth began having flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and found herself spinning out of control. With a diagnosis of PTSD she wondered if she would ever be "normal" again.
In Elizabeth's healing journey she began to see the devastation left behind by abuse that happened so long ago, the lack of understanding by society, and the dead silence that sorrounds this crime. As Elizabeth processed the trauma she had experienced so long ago she began to study this crime that is at epedemic levels. For Elizabeth part of the healing journey was studying family dynamics, the roles of the perpetrators, the toll it takes on the child and lifelong misery of survivors who remain silent.
Elizabeth realized she could not sit by and do nothing when we have kids being sexually abused and survivors suffering alone in silence.
** Many times survivors find little support.
**Many times killing themselves to silence the pain.
In 2013 she formed 'Innocence Lost" with a survivor out of the UK and eventually started an online group for survivors of childhood sexual abuse by the name of EmpowerSurvivors.
In 2014 Elizabeth began an offline peer support group at her local library, eventually moved the group to Roach Hall, became a 501c3 non profit organization in 2016 and in 2017 opened an office which is now the home of EmpowerSurvivors.
Today Elizabeth will tell you she is a work in progress but has come leaps and bounds and is no longer "owned" and "defined" by the abuse she suferred. There is healing to be had and we begin this journey by breaking our silence.
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.
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Monday 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am–8:00 pm
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