“If people aren’t going to believe fifty-three year-old me;
then who by God is going to believe a child?”
~Marilyn Van Derbur, Incest Survivor
This woman is a true survivor. Marilyn Van Derbur is so humble and graceful. She focuses on truly helping survivors of child sexual abuse, trauma and incest.
After remembering what my father and mother did to me, I wrote Marilyn twice, and she wrote me back twice –once while on an airplane.
Marilyn talks in her book, and in her public speeches, about how much work it is to heal, and what the specific steps are. She does not tell people to just wave trauma and rape away like a pesky fly (Like Elizabeth Smart does).
Marilyn recently won the Lifetime Achievement Award, and she deserves it.
You can read Marilyn’s story by clicking below on the People.com link, or buy her book, Miss America By Day