Where can you find a resource that allows you to sit across the table from a 17+ year survivor of incest and child sex trafficking, and hold a conversation about the passionate work you hope to provide other victims? For the past nearly 7 years I have been curating a practice of informing, inviting conversation, and speaking on the prolific and complex adversities of sex trafficking and childhood sexual abuse, as a intersectional and diverse topic.Choosing to assist the systems already in place by sharing my extensive trauma history and research, providing education and training, and using the funding we receive to not only support ourselves but facilitate free works for survivors.
"The moment I saw Skyler from across the room, my heart whispered..."There is a survivor." Not only a survivor...but thriver. As Skyler Mechelle opened her soul to us and shared a piece of her writing..the raw, real emotion I felt could not be denied. This woman was a force to reckoned with. This woman was going to change how we spoke about and perceived trauma and abuse and grief and loss and sexuality and fluidity and love and pain. This woman needed to be heard and seen and cherished and demanded to be. And I was able to take her all in...every word...and truly be planted into her life at the time of her abuse. And then brought back to life as she brought herself to healing. Skyler is a miracle. Her story is just that."
-Survivor, Master's Programme Student
After enduring over 17 years of incest, physical violence, and sex trafficking through and by her immediate family, Skyler escaped at the age of 18 and has since sought to redefine what it means to live life after abuse. Prior to her advocacy work, she found solace in the creative fields and built a career using the skills her PTSD and healing provided her. Gaining confidence through her exceptional work ethic, attention to detail, and deep understanding of emotion, she become a COO for start ups and entrepreneurs which eventually took her overseas to Switzerland and Ireland. After returning to the states in June of 2017, then Canada in 2018, she has since built a movement that not only seeks to educate and destigmatise a very prevalent issue in our society, but refine and modify the support that is already in place. Focusing heavily on the systemic oppression, racism, ableism, and segregation that further impacts the poor trauma after care and mental health fields globally, she has set out to break the silence and reform abuse care by believing ALL survivors.
All of this couldn't be possible without the support of my patrons, thank you for being the silent and precious foundation to this very important work.
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