Samantha Leonard is an accomplished author, researcher and storyteller who speaks on the topics of protecting communities, empowering survivors and learning to use empathy as a tool to heal. Her dream is to spend her life uniting people and to make the world a more loving place through social work and relationships. As a survivor of sexual abuse, Samantha is passionate about addressing sexual assault and the power of connecting with survivors and communities. Through the power of narrative, her book, Groomed, is a live testimonial to life after abuse and provides hope for those that feel alone. To connect with Samantha, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org on Facebook on the Samantha Leonard Author's page.
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"We have the opportunity to come together and heal—to realize that the struggle of one person is the struggle of the world. When we practice having empathy and love for one another, we can finally watch out, step up and speak out to change the culture around sexual violence."
PRAISE FOR GROOMED
As a fellow survivor, I can confidently say Groomed speaks to what people most overlook: the reality of being manipulated as a child. This book screams from the rooftops what so many of us have wanted to say for so long. Leonard's bravery is a message that we are not alone, and that our stories matter.
-Valerie Lane, Lifestyle Coach, Motivational Speaker
“Groomed” is a riveting story of how pedophiles use charm and compassion to woo their victims and to hide their crimes before the open eyes of the world. The book cleverly details the confusion, ambivalence and emotional trauma of the young victims as the pedophile slowly consumes their minds, their bodies and their world. Sam takes you on an emotional and educational journey leaving you drained and wondering how this can happen.
-Eleanor Vaughan, PSY. D
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