I met her online, but I feel like I have known her forever. We have conversations like sisters, laughing and saying whatever we want. We understand each other’s brash language and sarcastic thinking. I feel so happy to have this connection. Child abuse survivors understand other child abuse survivors. We have our own way of conversing. We joke about off color things. We find the macabre fascinating and nerd out on unexpected subjects.
Liz Ianelli was sent away as a teenager. For 993 days she suffered. Now, she rises out of the ashes to speak for those who cannot. Liz sat down with me and shared her story on my radio show, Survivor Voices Show.
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Liz’s story and incredible artwork was recently featured in ICSA Today’s 2017 Fall Quarterly Journal. After over 80 deaths of her fellow survivors, many of them suicides, Liz decided to begin the #ISeeYou campaign to inspire others and let them know they are not alone in their struggle. She rallied up her fellow survivors to make videos sharing their stories and what we deal with on a day to day basis as a result of being abused. Soon, survivors were sharing their stories. Liz hopes to continue rallying survivors, asking them to make videos as they feel comfortable.
Vennie Kocsis is the best-selling author of Cult Child and the hostess of Survivor Voices Show and her live Sunday broadcast Off the Cuff. She is an advocate, poet and artist.