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Author Laura Landgraf

Laura Landgraf, author of "The Fifth Sister," is a social activist, retreat leader and motivational speaker. Her TEDx Talk is "Razed by Lions: A New Way to Think about Healing after Trauma."

While many imperfect men make wonderful fathers, not all of us were fortunate to have such men as we grew up. Yet we can imagine what it would have been like, to have a father into whose eyes you could fall. […] Read More

Here’s to us. Those of us with less than adequate mothers. Who felt the pain of betrayal and loss. You chose to survive, to thrive and to love well. Congratulations on transcending your family trauma. Cheers! […] Read More

We all face countless moments of fear during our lives. Some big, some small. We can be free of fear, like a horse and rider soaring as one over obstacles. Here are 4 steps to help you conquer your fear. […] Read More

Sisterhood Rocks

One woman, Brandy, started me on my journey to safety and peace after years of sexual abuse. A small cadre of friends stood with me in the halls of justice bearing witness to me as a good woman. It’s the power of sisterhood. […] Read More

We who were abused by leaders in the church continue to live. Our hearts still beat a tattered pulse. The horror of abuse is followed by a lifetime of adapting, but you can transcend the trauma. […] Read More

Sexual abuse decimates its victims and shatters their families. Those ripples extend out into a family’s community. How a community responds has enormous impact on the ultimate health of that child, let alone their family. […] Read More

When victims of sexual abuse by pastors urged the implementation of stronger protections, leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention threw the hot potato back to local churches citing “autonomy.” A tidy little hand-washing. […] Read More

The Parable of The Pack

Beware the Pack. For the Pack’s survival, the whole is to be protected at all costs, and collateral damage is an unfortunate byproduct. Step outside the tribe and retribution is swift and cruel. […] Read More

Being married to someone who survived sexual abuse as a child won’t be easy at times. You’ll learn what triggers post-traumatic stress for them. Here are 9 ways you can help your partner. […] Read More

Our nation has an epidemic. Child abuse affects one in three girls and one in five boys by the time they’re 18. It’s time we own this problem, sort out why we won’t discuss it and take action to rectify it. […] Read More