'If anyone had told me a few years ago that one day I would be giving radio and TV interviews, speaking publicly or writing a book; I would never have believed them.  But after sharing my story publicly for the first time in September 2014 I realised that my voice and words are now my strength and I will continue to speak out against sexual violence for all those who can’t find their voice yet...' - Madeleine Black (Read more..)

Unbroken

In Unbroken, Madeleine tells her deeply moving and empowering story, as she discovers  that life is about how a person chooses to recover from adversity.  We are not defined by what knocks us down – we are defined by how we get back up.

Violently gang raped when she was thirteen years old, and raped three more times before the age of eighteen, Madeleine has experienced more trauma in her life than most ever will. Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage it wrought, as men continued to take advantage of her fragility in the worst possible way.

Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, she found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all; leading a fulfilling and happy life.  For Madeleine, forgiveness was the key.  True forgiveness takes genuine effort.  It takes a real desire to understand those who have done us so much harm.  It is the ultimate act of courage.

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Madeleine Black

30 years ago today I married Mr B! It’s true that time flies when you’re having fun

For those of you who know my story, you will know that I couldn’t understand why he wanted to be with someone like me.

I wrongly assumed then that I was damaged goods; contaminated, dirty and worthless

And every time I asked him “why do you want to be with me, why do you love me?” He just replied “because I do”

Over time with his love, I saw that I was loveable and not the things I thought I was and was able to love back.

It was a huge turning point in my healing, breaking down my negative thoughts and believing in myself

I do believe that meeting him saved my life as I was on a path of self destruction at the time

With love I was finally able to stop hating myself and I believe that love is always the way. Whether that’s love from another, self love or both!

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Today is my pearl wedding anniversary with Mr B! I can’t believe where the time has gone. It’s true that it flies by when you’re having fun. Love you with all my heart @stevenblack4281 💖💖💖💖
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