In today’s episode, Denise shares her story of childhood sexual abuse and talks about all stages she went through after – feeling helpless & shame, masking it all, finally facing it and feeling it all shift, and being able to overcome it all and share her story. 

Denise Bossarte is an award-winning poet, writer, photographer, and artist. Denise is a certified meditation facilitator and contemplative arts teacher. She is an information technology (IT) professional working for a large urban school district. Denise holds a BA in chemistry, an MS in computer science, and a PhD in developmental neuroscience. And she is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. 

Denise spent her adulthood healing herself from the traumatic impact the sexual abuse had on her life. She is not a mental health professional. She is a Thriver who has traveled a healing journey and is able to share a personal, guided experience for readers to find and engage in their own journey to healing, to becoming Thrivers. As an unpublished manuscript, Thriving After Sexual Abuse was a quarterfinalist in the 2019 BookLife Prize Nonfiction Contest, Self-Help Category. 

In This Episode

  • Feeling helpless & shame 
  • Staying busy instead of facing it 
  • When the shift happened 


Denise’s Website 


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