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Getting past sexual abuse

Everyone that goes through sexual abuse experiences it at different levels and for different lengths of time, so it's really hard for me to put a blanket statement out there--to say, "This is how you get past sexual abuse." I'm a huge advocate for counseling. I know that I wouldn't be here today without the counseling that I've been through. It's really important to reach out and talk to somebody--to tell somebody what you've been through and what you're going through. You can't expect that it's going to be an overnight cure. I think it's a process. Depending on how deep the wound goes, that's how many layers, if you will, of the "onion" that you need to peel back.

Pattier Mallette, Best-Selling Author, shares advice for those who have gone through a sexual abuse experience on how to overcome the challenges and work through the process of getting past it


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Pattie Mallette

New York Times Best Selling Author, Award Winning Film Producer, & Inspirational Speaker

Pattie Mallette grew up in Stratford, Ontario overcoming unimaginable obstacles in the face of abuse, poverty and an unexpected teen pregnancy. She now uses her voice to inspire others as a bestselling author, producer and influential speaker. In 2012, Pattie published her memoir, Nowhere But Up (Revell), which became a New York Times bestseller within the first week of its release. As an executive producer she worked on “Crescendo,” a short film that received 11 international film festival honors prior to its premier in February 2013. Proceeds of “Crescendo” are being used to support crisis pregnancy centers worldwide, a passion of Pattie’s that grew from her own experience. As a single parent at 18, Pattie was personally assisted by a center, which despite her difficult circumstances enabled her to be the best mother possible to her son, Justin. Continuing her desire to help others give voice to their own stories, Pattie became an executive producer of “Day One,” starring Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls). Set to release in winter 2013, the feature film is inspired by the true story behind the global movement To Write Love on Her Arms.

Pattie recently launched her foundation called Round 2, which seeks to offer a second chance to those who have been knocked down by providing assistance and resources to those in distress. Across all platforms, her authenticity and candidness are magnetic to adolescents and adults alike as she fearlessly brings to light her own wounds and addresses sensitive issues with wisdom and insight.

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