Singing with the Sirens: Overcoming the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Sexual Exploitation

Singing with the Sirens: Overcoming the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Sexual Exploitation

by Ellyn Bell, Stacey Bell


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631529368
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 05/13/2015
Sales rank: 1,323,882
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ellyn Bell has worked as an organizational leader with at-risk and marginalized youth and addressing violence against women and children for 20 years. Her personal experiences as a youth informed her career choices. She was most recently, the Executive Director of the SAGE Project in San Francisco, one of the first peer-led organizations in the country to work with human trafficking and commercially exploited youth and adults. She holds a Master’s Degree in Religion, with an emphasis in Theology. She also received her social work license in the State of Iowa. Ellyn is also a yoga teacher and a trained dancer. She is mother to two wonderful people who are now extraordinary young adults.

Stacey Bell was born and raised in the United Kingdom. After suffering abuse as a child, she immigrated to the US at the age of sixteen and became exposed to exploitation and other traumas. Today, Stacey serves young people as the Youth Development Director for an urban school district in Northern California. She has a Masters in Social Work and is in the process of completing her doctorate in International Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Human Rights Education. First and foremost, Stacey is a mother, both to her biological children, as well as all the babies she has mothered, mentored, and supported over the years. She is a partner at Bella Invictus with Ellyn Bell.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Part I From Where We Came

Chapter 1 The Siren 3

Chapter 2 Losing the Voice 23

Chapter 3 Perfect Storms 41

Chapter 4 The Drowning 59

Part II Shipwrecks

Chapter 5 The Wounding 81

Chapter 6 The Hunger 97

Chapter 7 The Mother 117

Chapter 8 The Outsider 135

Chapter 9 High Fortresses and Masks 153

Chapter 10 Scars 169

Part III The Way Home to Ourselves

Chapter 11 Diving into the Depths 189

Chapter 12 Seeing the Reflection in the Water 205

Chapter 13 Breathing Air 221

Chapter 14 The Sacred Heart 239

Chapter 15 Singing the Beautiful Song 263

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