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Anneke Lucas & Liberation Prison Yoga: A Spiritual Revolution

Thirty years after escaping from a child sex trafficking network in Belgium -  Anneke Lucas has arrived triumphant and whole, compassionate and hopeful. Her voice is brave and honest as she speaks about her years trapped in the dark underbelly of the world’s power society, the lethal residue of shame and guilt, the techniques the body and mind take on to survive. Her long healing journey has delivered her into a place of action and a clear-eyed, hard won understanding of the tied lineage between abusers and abused. To give herself “a purpose in dark times” Anneke created Liberation Prison Yoga - a program that takes trained teachers of trauma-conscious yoga, meditation and mindfulness into prisons, altering the form of the class to create a safe setting that encourages mind/body/heart integration. “Our work is to remain humble, to share from the heart, we are not there to fix people,” Anneke says, adding “When I was in the network I always wanted somebody to come in and give me hope ~ I wished that someone from the outside would have come in and said ~ ‘I know where you are, I know it’s hard, but here’s hope ~ because I’ve been there and I’m out.’” This is her clarion call; through her story and her actions she is giving hope to others, and in response hearts are opening with sweet love and genuine gratitude. A spiritual revolution indeed.


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Photo credit:  www.annekelucas.com

Photo credit: www.annekelucas.com

Anneke Lucas

“If you’re a survivor, I just want to acknowledge that you are a pioneer, brave beyond words, and I would like to encourage you to recognize this and be extremely kind to yourself, because you are walking this path not just for you today, but for the future of humanity.”
— Anneke Lucas

Anneke Lucas founded Liberation Prison Yoga in 2014. As a survivor of child sex trafficking and extreme violence, she used elements of her own healing journey to develop programs based on how she would have wished to be treated in her young adult life. A close analysis of those people who were able to get through to her when she was shut down by trauma forms the cornerstone of LPY’s philosophy – for Liberation teachers to become those people; aware and unconditionally present for their students.


Anneke is an advocate for sex trafficking survivors and also speaks on the subject. She is writing a book about her healing journey, Seeds Beneath the Snow: Post Traumatic Growth and Purpose in Dark Times represented by Sam Hiyate at The Rights Factory.

Read more about Anneke's story on her website and learn more about Liberation Prison Yoga here!
 


Anneke was sold into a murderous paedophile network in Belgium when she was only six years old. She was being abused and tortured to serving as a sex slave to European elite. In her talk she openly speaks about her healing journey, what is tried to be highly covered and promotes the awareness of this often-unseen topic.

Rebecca Street: Holding A Healing Space

How To Help Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

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The silence that surrounds sexual abuse and assault keeps survivors mute, isolated and in the shadows, forcing them into deeper cycles of trauma, shame and self-blame. It also protects and absolves their perpetrators. Silence is one of the biggest obstacles to stopping this taboo epidemic. Finding very few books to help chart a way through these rough waters, Rebecca Street felt called to act. A sexual abuse survivor herself, it took Rebecca ten courageous years to write You Can Help. She began by asking difficult and vital questions, such as: “How can we come together to bring light to this darkness? How can we end this taboo?” She invited other survivors to share their stories and gives practical tips for helping - such as words one can use to open the door and encourage the secrets to be brought into the light and shared. “Healing,” she notes, “doesn’t take place in a vacuum. We need others to participate.” Her gentle and infinitely compassionate book gives us a way to begin the conversation and find the path to healing that will help the women, men, teenagers, young adults and children that are suffering from the trauma of sexual abuse.

 


Meet This Episode's Guest

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REBECCA STREET

REBECCA STREET is a New York based TV, stage, and film actor. She lived in Los Angeles for twenty-four years where she raised her children and worked in TV and film. Though she has performed in many TV episodics, films, and commercials, she is perhaps best known for her 2 year portrayal of a woman with AIDS on “The Young & Restless." NY credits include HBO’s “Mildred Pierce,” "House of Cards," and playing Mary Tyrone in "Long Day’s Journey into Night" Off Broadway. In 2017 fshe was eatured in the new Gore Verbinski film, "A Cure for Wellness," which she shot in Berlin. 


Rebecca is an incest survivor, having experienced 15 years of sexual abuse by her biological father. She is grateful that her journey to recovery has finally brought her to a place where she can be a public advocate for the many others who have suffered sexual trauma, and do so without shame. Hence, You Can Help: A Guide for Family and Friends of Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault.  She has addressed both lay people and professionals at a variety of venues on the ramifications of sexual trauma and methods for facilitating recovery, including the NY State Office of Mental Health, the University of CA. Santa Barbara, Juilliard, and the Fordham Graduate School of Social Work.  This Fall, Rebecca is offering a free 6 week online healing program designed specifically for survivors, entitled YOU ARE NOT ALONE.   

 

www.youcanhelpsurvivors.com


Praise for

You Can Help

 

"Rebecca Street’s book, You Can Help offers a miraculous blend of compassion and pragmatic advice about how to help survivors of abuse. Ms. Street shows great bravery and understanding as she explains her own journey from abuse to healing, and shares the knowledge she has distilled from it. She offers her expertise with a gentle directness that should ease the way for anyone struggling to comfort a loved one who has been subjected to violence. My research on adult development has taught me that the problem of abuse is widespread and profound. I hope this book reaches as many individuals as possible; it has great potential to speed the healing process."

— CONNIE GERSICK, Ph.D 
Faculty Co-Founder, UCLA Women’s Leadership Institute
Visiting Scholar, Yale School of Management
Senior Research Associate, Lansberg, Gersick and Associates, New Haven, CT.

 

"Rebecca Street’s courageous, sensitive and well-written book, You Can Help is a much needed resource for educating and empowering survivors, their friends and family members, and the professionals who work with them. As a psychotherapist and social worker for over 20 years, sadly I have seen far too many people affected by sexual trauma, and I wish that I could have given this book to every single one of them."

— MARTHA E. MILLER, LCSW 
Psychotherapist
Stress Resilience Educator and Consultant
Private Practice, New York, N.Y.

 

"Rebecca Street’s book, You Can Help is a great resource for family and friends of victims of sexual trauma as well as for the victims themselves. The author recounts her own story of recovery while providing hope, encouragement, and practical tips for those wishing to participate in the healing of a loved one who has been victimized. Street takes it a step farther by including stories from a wide range of other sexual abuse and assault survivors who share moving first-person examples of their own journeys to recovery."

— KIRK RAY SMITH, MS 
Former President & CEO
YMCA
Greater Springfield, MA.

 

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Purchase You Can Help on Amazon or Create Space!

If you have experienced trauma, you are not alone!


Please contact Susan for help if you are a trauma survivor and want specialized treatment. Fees are negotiable.

 

 

Some additional resources:

RAINN: The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

Darkness to Light: End Child Sex Abuse
Darkness to Light is an advocacy organization that educates adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.