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Wisdom from Cheryl Hunter

Wisdom from Cheryl Hunter

As a teenager, I traveled overseas with nothing but an over-packed suitcase and a dream of leaving the remote Colorado horse ranch of my childhood for the big city.

No sooner did I land in France than a man with a big, very nice-looking camera around his neck approached me. He said he could make me a model. He promised me an exciting life of big-city living and a future that sounded too good to pass up, so I went with him and his friend.

They drugged me, took me to an abandoned construction site, beat me and raped me. They dumped me in a park in Nice three days later.

I didn’t tell my family; I didn’t tell my friends; I couldn’t. I felt ruined, and if anyone knew what happened, they’d know that about me. Understandably, I became very aloof. I became a loner. Over time I began to feel completely disconnected from people; I even felt disconnected from myself.

I did become a model and traveled the world alone for my job, which suited me just fine; I never had to connect with anyone on a deep level. One November morning, I walked down the street in New York City and saw someone in Times Square with a sign, “Repent or go to hell!” I thought to myself, “I’m already in hell.”

In that moment, it became clear I needed to start over again….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Cheryl is a bestselling author, speaker and resilience expert who has coached and led personal development seminars for over 90,000 people since 1995.

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2:29PM PDT on May 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:50AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

She had great insights.

6:22AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thanks

3:35AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thank you for the information.

9:27PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

I'm glad she was able to get her life back after such a horrific ordeal. Everone has their own way of dealing with the anger and grief that follows. Accepting the reality of what happened lets time heal you. Denial protects you when something is too overwhelming to deal with - it lets you go on. At some point, dealing with the repressed feelings helps you let go of the suffering.

6:13PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

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1:50PM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

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11:50AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Wonderful. Thank you.

9:33AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

I'm upset.. I want to tell you that you are a great person.

8:35AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

GOOD ARTICLE, UNTIL YOU GET TO THE LAST SENTENCE... - '' EMBRACE THE DIFFICULTY [ BEING RAPE ] INSTEAD OF WISHING IT HAD NEVER HAPPENED '' -... WELL, I, FOR ONE WOULD ''' NEVER ''' EMBRACE IT, HAVING BEEN THERE,, I DEFINITELY WISH IT WOULD HAVE ''' NEVER ''' HAPPENED !!! SORRY, I EMPHATICALLY DISAGREE WITH THE WRITER ON THAT ONE... IT IS A RIDICULOUS THING TO SAY...

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