Madeleine Black is a Ted-X Speaker and author of Unbroken: One Woman’s Journey to Rebuild a Life Shattered by Violence.
Madeleine was viciously attacked and raped at the age of thirteen by the son’s of two U.S. diplomats in London England. Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage it wrought, as men continued to take advantage of her fragility in the worst possible way. Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, Madeleine found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all: leading a fulfilling and happy life.
Today Madeleine is happily married with three amazing daughters, and is speaking out on stages all around the world to help end the silence, shame and stigma of sexual violence.
Madeleine joined me on Episode 42 of Screw the Naysayers. I brought Madeline back on the show to share her thoughts on overcoming adversity.