THE SURVIVOR STORIES PROJECT: Coral Anika Theill, Over 21, USA

Quenby Wilcox
Posted May 22, 2014 from United States

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THE SURVIVOR STORIES PROJECT: Coral Anika Theill, Over 21, USA The Pixel Project is proud to present the Survivor Stories Blog Interview Project in honour of Mother’s Day 2014. The project runs throughout the month of May 2014 and features an interview per day with a survivor of any form of violence against women (VAW) including domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, female genital mutilation, forced/child marriage, sex trafficking, breast ironing etc. A total of 31 VAW survivor stories will be featured. This project was created to provide:

VAW survivors a platform to share their stories and solutions/ideas on how they rebuilt their lives and healed/are healing. Girls and women currently experiencing or who have survived VAW ideas, hope, and inspiration to escape the violence and know that there is light at the tunnel and there is help out there. This project is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our twenty-first Survivor Stories interview is with Coral Anika Theill from the U.S.A.

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The Survivor Bio:

Coral Anika Theill is a survivor of childhood molestation and abuse, rape, domestic violence, marital rape, spiritual abuse, and nearly twenty years of “legal stalking” and judicial injustice. Coral’s published works address abuse and trauma recovery and, most recently, wounded Marines and Montford Point Marines. Her memoir, BONSHEÁ Making Light of the Dark, has been used as a college text for nursing students at Linfield College, Portland, Oregon. She believes, “When we can truly embrace our pain and suffering and are able to be authentically grateful for our wounds and the brutality that we may have endured, we become ‘healed healers.’” For more information on Coral Anika Theill, visit www.coralanikatheill.com.

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hanasazi
May 22, 2014
May 22, 2014

Thank you Quenby. What a story this woman has to tell! I am going to send the link to my daughter Jennifer Faith, who escaped her abusive marriage of 22+ years earlier this year and wrote a book about her journey to freedom and all she learned along the way. While she searches for a publisher for her book she is writing a blog at jenniferfaith.org. You might be interested to read what she has written so far and I know she would be happy to hear your comments. You can find her here at World Pulse too: search Jennifer Faith or go to https://worldpulse.com/user/22187

Carolyn Seaman
May 31, 2014
May 31, 2014

Hi Hanasazi,

While I must appreciate Quenby for another classic piece on gender based violence, I was completely moved by your comments because I had just read a previous article from Quenby where Jennifer Faith had shared the story you just recounted and I had just looked over her website. Indeed, World Pulse provides such an excellent platform for women to connect and share on issues affecting them and we heal as we share together. And we would eventually garner the strength and will to mobilize our liberation. Jennifer's experience is such a typical situation many women find themselves and it is so sad that we use the excuse of religion to subject women to continue to suffer violence when they can be free. In Nigeria, some women die in the process of fulfilling 'religious expectations' to submit to their husbands and hope for their marriage to get better. I hope that our fight against gender based violence becomes successful so we can have a safer world for women and girls all over the world.

Carolyn Seaman Girls Voiceswww.facebook.com/girlsvoiceswww.twitter.com/girlsvoices1

hanasazi
Jun 08, 2014
Jun 08, 2014

I'm so glad to hear you have seen Jennifer's writing and visited her website! I never cease to be amazed at how much healing she was able to receive so quickly, and we both hope that her courage in sharing her story gives strength and the ability to move into action to many women who would otherwise remain trapped without any hope at all. It is sad, and it's also a terrible dishonor to the Creator to do violence of any kind in the name of the Divine One. I reposted an article by former US President Jimmy Carter about that very subject because I was so moved by his sound approach and care for women which has resulted from many years of meeting and talking with women around the world who are subjected to domestic violence. I join with you in your hope that our collective efforts to end gender-based violence succeed in creating a world where women, children and the fragile amongst us can live safe lives in which their utmost potential can be reached.

Kirthi
May 24, 2014
May 24, 2014

WOW! Quenby! This is a beautiful piece - thank you for sharing it, and thank you for being such an amazing conduit for powerful narratives such as this one!

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