Yvonne Ellis

 

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EMPOWER 5

As we come to the end of a new month in a new year, I wanted to share with you 5 things that has helped me become the woman I am today, and that I also believe can empower you on your journey to healing. Finding your voice Finding your voice is key to breaking [...]

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2017…JOURNEY OF SUCCESS

I always like to finish my blog each year on a positive note. Whilst it is important to continue to raise awareness of sexual abuse and its after effects, I also believe it is important as an ex- survivor to share with you how I have not allowed my past experience of sexual abuse to [...]

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THE JOURNEY OF THE MESSAGE

As an inspirational speaker, I have been sharing with audiences since June 2010 my experience of being sexually abused as a child and how it has affected my life. I have had the honour of being a part of some amazing discussions, and also heard heartbreaking stories of pain and survival. It is not unusual [...]

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NOTHING CAN DIM THE LIGHT THAT SHINES WITHIN- FEATURE ON CEO OF WANDSWORTH BLOG

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting Paul Martin, CEO of Wandsworth and Richmond Council. It was an informative meeting, and I was able to share my experience of being a former looked after child in Wandsworth and my journey as a survivor of sexual abuse. Paul wrote a blog (he is an avid [...]

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GOODBYE

I remember the first time I had to say a difficult goodbye. It was the day the social workers came to take me into government care at thirteen years old, after I disclosed my Father was sexually abusing me. They came and explained why they were there, and gave me ten minutes to pack some [...]

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DON’T GIVE UP

At the beginning of the year I wrote about the importance of setting goals and having something positive to focus on. I have found this to be of the upmost importance in helping me to envision a life past abuse and it is one of the key things that has helped me not only reclaim [...]

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THANKFULNESS

Because of personal challenges and the injustice I experienced, for a long time I was angry and unappreciative about my life. I did not care about the fact that I was still here; rather I was upset about the way I was still here. Lets face facts. There is nothing I can do to alter or [...]

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COURAGE

Last Saturday I shared my story of childhood sexual abuse and gave my testimony of how I was able to recover from its effects on the streets of Brixton. It was an amazing experience; I believe God has been preparing me for a long time to do this, because in my own strength, of my [...]

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THE GIFT

To find your voice is to find your strength It gives power to your soul, to tell the story of your journey No one can steal or take it away It is your weapon to fight the lies It is your shield to protect you from further harm   There was a time when I [...]

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THE MARATHON

It is easy to assume because you survived through the initial brutal battlefield of childhood abuse that once you become of age, the road to healing suddenly becomes plain sailing, but nothing could be further from the truth.  In my experience I have found the challenge of overcoming my past a continuous journey of deliberate [...]

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