Welcome to the “Conquer Your Battlefield” podcast, where we come together to discuss some of the more significant struggles, and metaphorical battlefields, that we’ve faced along our journeys, and share some insight on how we’ve conquered them.
I’m JD McGibney, and today I’ll be chatting with a woman who has taken the trauma she went through in her childhood, and steered herself towards a life and career of helping others conquer their mental health struggles. A woman brave enough to share her own experiences through her memoir “The Darkness Within,” in order to give herself strength and to let others know they are not alone. Today my guest is author, and mental health professional, Drew Paige.
In this episode we’ll be talking about Abuse. This is a heavy topic we’re going to be talking about today, so as a heads up, there might be some significant emotional triggers ahead in this discussion.
To give an exact definition, abuse is to treat a person or an animal with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every three women, and one in every four men experiences some form of physical violence from an intimate partner. According to the Center for Family Justice, one in every four women and one in every six men are sexually abused in their lifetime.
In cases of child abuse, according to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Tennessee, roughly 700,000 children are abused in the United States every year. Of which, one out of every 10 is sexually abused before they are 18. 90% of all abused children in the US know their abusers as well. Nearly 1,700 children die each year from abuse.