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While We Were Silent:
12 Experts Share
Stories of Healing
from Sexual Trauma


“Why would people wait so long to speak up about abuse?"

"Could this be true or is there an ulterior motive?” 

Hear from Experts who have traveled this journey. 
Explore why we stay silent after abuse, 
what happens during the silence, 
what is possible with personal healing, 
and how individual healing can help bring about change in the culture and our world.


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The #MeToo movement is far from over. Many lives have been stirred as old wounds are opened and buried traumas are resurfacing – not just for those who attract media attention, but for victims of sexual trauma everywhere. These people need resources for healing.

Still others are questioning why someone would stay silent for so long after experiencing abuse. Could there be ulterior motives? A conspiracy?

The 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men who experience sexual trauma will tell you: Silence is the norm, not the exception.

"While We Were Silent: 12 Experts Share Stories of Healing from Sexual Trauma" is a series of ground-breaking interviews cultivating open conversations in a safe, respectful, skillfully-facilitated environment.

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The interviews are conducted by Debra Graugnard of Joyfully Living Wellness, who brings heart-felt passion to this project to help those who have experienced sexual trauma find resources for healing and those who have not to understand the struggles of the journey.

Each of the expert contributors has personally lived through sexual trauma and traveled their own journey of healing and transformation. In the interviews, they explore: 

  • Why people stay silent after abuse.
  • What happens during the silence.
  • What is possible with personal healing.
  • How individual healing can help bring about change in the culture and our world.
  • What possibilities await as our culture shifts from one that has allowed the prevalence of sexual abuse to one that fosters mutual respect and harmony.

Each author shares the breakthroughs, turning points, therapies and healing modalities they used to heal their bodies, minds, hearts and souls, and how they use their experiences and expertise to help others. They share essentials for understanding trauma that are key to self-understanding, self-compassion and self-acceptance – and fundamental to a trauma survivor’s healing journey.


Licia Berry

Speaker, Artist, Women's Advocate, Author of #1 International Best-Seller, I Am Her Daughter - The Healing Path to a Woman's Power, and creator of the Daughters of Earth Program.

Nkem Ndefo

MSN, CNM, RN, Founder of Lumos Transforms, creator of The Resilience Toolkit. Skilled Practitioner, Dynamic Speaker, Valued Strategist, Nourisher of one's innate capacity for healing.

Svava Brooks

Svava Brooks, an Abuse Survivor Coach, a Certified TRE® Provider, blogger & Author of best seller Journey to the Heart, 365-Day Guide to Thriving after Trauma. 

Robyn McTague

Master Holistic Healer, Author, Teacher, Numerologist, Motivational Map Practitioner, Creator of A Life of Choice coaching. Combining psychology and conflict resolution with metaphysics.

Lisa Hare

Transpersonal Psychologist, Kinesiologist, Energy &  Spiritual Healing Practitioner, Somatic Therapist and International Trainer. Founder of the Australian College of Vibrational Healing.


ALANI, the Freedom Igniter, Author, Speaker, Advocate for Liberation and Non-Oppression. Creator of the A.L.A.P. Method and BRIDGE Method, helping clients go from Tragedy to Triumphancy. 

Joan Brooks

Training Director of the Rubenfeld Synergy Training Program of Philadelphia, Practitioner of Rubenfeld Synergy, Body Wisdom and Trauma Healing Master. 

Marta Luzim

Psychospiritual Therapist/Healer, Meta-physician,  Next Level Trauma Practitioner, Published Novelist, Playwright. Founder of Give Her A Voice, and Writing Like A Madwoman (TM). 

Anthousa Helena

Founder of SOLLITE Integrative Medicine, Holistic Medical Approach. Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Massage Therapist, Doctorate in Divinity specialized in Spiritual and Energy Psychology.

Lilian Warman

Yoga instructor, Intuitive Coach, trained in Malaysia in Feng Shui with Lillian Too - the only female Feng Shui master in Asia. Studying with Karen Parker for her Healing by Human Design certification.

Donnalea Goelz

Somatic Psychology, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator, Executive Director of Continuum Movement®, Chair of the ECD Initiative
for research in somatic movement arts.

Dalzenia Sams

Author, Painter and Artist for Peace. Creator of Global Galleries for Peace.  Committed to unfolding a potent conversation and movement for change with the intent of creating world peace.

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A Note From The Host, Debra Graugnard

Author, Speaker, Spiritual & Energetic Healing Practitioner (M.Div.), Creator of CAREFOR Connection Transformational Healing Process; Community for Conscious Living; Food, Weight & Feminine Power program, and more...

I Kept Getting Asked These Questions...

“Why would people wait so long
to speak up about abuse?"

"Why are so many coming forward now?” 

“Could this be true, 
or is there an ulterior motive?”

 I decided these questions 
needed to be answered...

 With a passion to foster 
understanding and compassion
and to bring healing and harmony 
to our world,

While We Were Silent was created.

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