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*Strong Trigger Warning

In this episode, we talk about child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and growing up in a cult, which may be alarming to some listeners. Please use discretion, take care of yourself, and if you need to, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask someone close to you for help.

In This Episode:

  • Being born into a cult
  • Multiple layers of childhood trauma
  • The abuse continued after fleeing the cult
  • Coming to the realization her childhood wasn’t normal
  • The importance of teachers (and everyone) to be trauma informed trained
  • Trauma responses that should have been red flags 
  • How do you know if someone is a safe person to speak your truth to?
  • Breaking free of strongholds so the healing can begin

Quotations From This Episode:

“I believe strongly that you can transform your trauma into your superpower.” ~JennyQ

“I was relying on the people around me to protect me.” ~ Catie Reay

“I highly encourage everyone who’s listening to this to take a trauma informed care training.” ~Catie Reay

“The moment it [dissociative disorder] got a name, chains broke off. And I was given tools and resources to know when I’m disassociating.” ~Catie Reay

“Go to therapy, just do it, it’ll change your life.” ~Catie Reay

“That’s when I could start the healing was when I had a safe person.” ~JennyQ

“I saw that freedom was so possible if I made the effort to run after it like air in my lungs.” ~Catie Reay

“God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called. And he qualified me from my own personal experience.” ~Catie Reay

“Tell your story. But not until you have transformed your trauma.” ~JennyQ

“Be careful who it is that you’re processing with. Social media is not a place to process.” ~Catie Reay


Catie Reay is a sexual exploitation survivor and advocate. Generational chain breaker. Author. Speaker. Freedom fighter for the voiceless.


Instagram: @catiereay

TikTok: @thetiktokadvocate


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