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Published on Feb 8, 2018
As a survivor of sexual abuse, Yvonne Ellis is uniquely placed to help others who have been through a similar trauma. In her insightful talk, she describes the stigma, secrecy and shame that surround sexual abuse and how communities can come together to help victims find their voice. Yvonne Ellis is an author, inspirational speaker and founder of Daughter Arise, a charity that seeks to support survivors of sexual abuse. Her autobiography also named Daughters Arise was published in 2010, and chronicles her own childhood sexual abuse and the subsequent marginalisation and isolation she encountered after being placed in council authority care.
Yvonne now gives talks on ‘supportive empowerment’ and runs a support network for adult survivors of sexual abuse through YEME Empowerment, an organisation that helps to empower people.
In her bid to combat the ostracisation and social isolation faced by many survivors, Yvonne’s mission is two-fold: to build communities where survivors are able to unite and support one another, and provide supportive ‘peer empowerment in action’ when faced with making difficult life decisions. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx