After filming her documentary SEARCHING FOR ANGELA SHELTON, Angela appeared on numerous television and news programs from 48 Hours Investigates, Larry King Live, Lifetime and the Ricki Lake Show.
Speaking about trauma and recovery lead to her own healing journey…
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In the uplifting and multiple award-winning documentary, Searching for Angela Shelton, filmmaker Angela Shelton drives around the United States surveying other Angela Sheltons. She discovers that 70% of the Angela Sheltons she speaks to are survivors of rape, childhood sexual abuse and/or domestic violence.
On her journey the filmmaker meets an Angela Shelton who tracks sexual predators and lives in the same town as the filmmaker’s father, who sexually abused her and her siblings for years. Angela Shelton’s survey of women becomes a journey of self-discovery during which she decides to finally confront her own past and her abusive father – on Father’s Day.
of the angela sheltons interviewed had been victims of child sexual abuse, rape, and/or domestic violence
24 out of 40
This does not mean “don’t name your child angela shelton, it means that sexual abuse and domestic violence is an epidemic
A new way to heal and move on from trauma!
After years on the road with her documentary Searching for Angela Shelton and her book Finding Angela Shelton Angela aws thrown into her own healing journey, while being a voice for survivors.
She studied and tested very healing technique she could get her hands on, as well as interviewing over 30,000 survivors of trauma and trauma-informed care professionals.
All of research led her to seeing trauma like being pierced with a sword!
You have to see it, remove it, heal it, learn to use it, and move on to living a joyful life.
A sword may sound intense and it is, just like the trauma many of us have been through! But the intensity has an end point!
We do not have to be in pain forever.
Being pierced with the sword of trauma can leave you silent, frozen in fear, stuck, and in pain.
It is nearly impossible to have intimate relationships. Being wounded by the sword of trauma can make you quick to anger, depressed, or isolated. It causes health problems. You can have chronic migraines, body aches, bad memories, insomnia, or numbness. Being wounded makes it hard to breathe deeply.You can live with the sword pierced through you. You can ignore the fact that you are wounded and deal with the symptoms and instead of the cause. You can get into relationships with other people who are wounded. You can live in entire communities that are in pain. Keeping the sword in place is living in denial. Denial is a powerful choice that you have the freedom to make.
When you see the sword and realize you are wounded, you can also see how you are affecting yourself and the world around you. You can see that you can live a much healthier life when you remove the sword that wounded you.
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Angela saw the need for a non-competitve place for non-profits, survivors, therapists and healers, and trauma-informed care workers.
After speaking with thousands of survivors, non-profits, activists, advocates, and partners of survivors Angela firsthand how survivors of trauma, their partners and loved ones, as well as trauma informed care workers experience
Mental Issues, Health Issues and Physical Pain and/or Financial Crisis
Not only did she want to heal from her own past trauma, she wanted to discover all the healing techniques out there to help others.
She saw the need for a Non-Competitive place for non-profits, healers, therapists, supporters, artists, authors, and survivors who are thrivers to share:
Survivor Manual was born.
The Survivor Manual is a place where survivors, their friends and loved ones, and trauma informed care workers can find inspiration, empowerment and and on-going resources for all aspects of healing.
Together we can inspire and empower survivors of any kind of trauma to heal and move on too.