Cathy Studer is a survivor of long-term childhood sexual abuse. After pulling together the pieces of her own shattered life, she discovered her purpose and now passionately shares the critical components required to becoming whole again. During her journey, Cathy has transformed from survivor to advocate warrior. As a speaker, she is passionate about the mission to drive change and to start defeating sexual abuse. She lives in Ohio with her husband, and a loving yellow lab, and has two amazing children.
This is a compelling story; one that could have been written by millions of women around the world given how prevalent the experience of child sexual abuse is. The reality is that the shame and the silence Cathy describes is why all those women are caught in the "broken" phase of victimhood should read this book. The passages and the ending IS indeed beautiful.-Richard D. Krugman, M.D., Chair, Board of Directors for The National Foundation to End Child Abuse and NeglectCathy's voice stands for strength, hope and possibility while at the same time speaking out against the impacts of abuse and neglect. Leading by modeling a new way, a way of leaning into her pain, and finding comfort and hope by showing others it is ok to grow, expand and specifically to speak about our pasts and the pain in which no child should endure. Cathy's ability to connect with survivors is seamless and honest, joining in with the power of a united voice, Broken to Beautifully Whole ignites the sound, calling to action fellow survivors to transition from surviving to thriving and ultimately transcending. A beautiful read, honest....bold...heard.-Lori Poland, MA, LPC, Executive Director for The National Foundation to End Child Abuse and NeglectBroken to Beautifully Whole is more than a memoir. It's Information, healing, and empowerment embodied. The ability to take the shards of a shattered childhood and ultimately use them to provide encouragement for others is a communication gift. Cathy's blend of personal story coupled with statistics provides a messsage of strength and healing. She could have remained silent. Instead she chose to speak up and step out so that others may live whole as well.-Daphne V. Smith, Speaker, Wave Maker, Truth Teller, and Author of What's YOUR Scarlet Letter?Cathy is a gifted writer who speaks to the pain of childhood sexual abuse with unflinching honesty and self-compassion. By pressing into the pain of past abuse, she opens a conversation about strength and resilience, hope and healing. Broken to Beautifully Whole encourages trauma survivors to join in the conversation in whatever way is calling to them.-Kristine Carson, MA, LPC, Directions Counseling Group