Recovering from Trauma with Vanessa McNeal - #72

Vanessa McNeal is an inspiring national speaker and award-winning documentary filmmaker. From a young age, she has worked to overcome her own traumas of sexual assault and seeks to aid other survivors in their journey to recovery. Vanessa has appeared on two TEDx Talks and encourages others to speak out about their personal stories.

Her recent documentary “Gridshock”, which has won two awards for its thought-provoking and raw content, explores the gruesome reality behind the sex trafficking industry in the state of Iowa. “Gridshock” delves into why this culture is rampant in our societies and what can be done to help deter the sex trafficking industry that exists so close to home.

Vanessa has given hope and motivation to sexual abuse survivors from all over to find their support system and to no longer feel the need to hide their past from the world. She continues to work with the concepts of compassion, forgiveness, and mercy when dealing with past traumas and how survivors can turn parts of their grief into strength.

In this episode we will discuss:

  • Writing and publishing her upcoming self-help book

  • Practicing compassion, mercy and forgiveness

  • Taking different steps in order to heal from trauma

  • How to find peace throughout life

  • Facing issues and taking responsibility for our own actions

  • Overcoming the past and not turning to vices or addiction

  • Finding freedom from those who have hurt us

  • Choosing the people who surround us in life


“A lot of people walk to the well of healing but they don’t drink from it.”

“Forgiveness is not re-entry… it’s not saying it’s okay. It’s just granting yourself release and a pardon.”


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