'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..)


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

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
~ Anais Nin

This quote resonates with me so deeply. When my memories returned when my eldest daughter became the same age I was when I was gang raped, I returned to therapy.

Initially I was a really bad client because I wanted to find a way to squash my memories back down, to forget them again. But I soon realised I couldn’t. And that I had to find a way to accept all that was done to me, knowing I couldn’t change any of it and be ok with that.

I saw that my denial of the details was actually causing me more harm than the details themselves.

And when I finally accepted of all my memories, things became so much easier. Looking back I didn’t realise I had held myself back so much by always trying to squash the memories down.

Accepting them had brought peace but more importantly a more connected space for me to grow and live from.

The memories occupied too much of me, but by facing them I have diluted and integrated them, taking the sting of the energy, that was also trapped, too.

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