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June 02nd 2015:Surviving Child Abuse

The long-term effects of severe abuse during childhood are terribly difficult to overcome. Some people never succeed. Despite years of his mother starving, beating, and tormenting him, Dave Pelzer did. We will discuss his first book, "A Child Called It,” which was on the New York Times Bestseller List for several years, and his most recent book, “Too Close To Me,” which tells how he has struggled for decades with relationships, trust, and believing in his own worth. It also describes his eventual triumph. Dave has much to teach about overcoming adversity and about helping others who deal with

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Dave Pelzer

As an individual who represents overcoming adversity, Dave Pelzer has dedicated his life to helping others help themselves. His first book, ”A Child Called It,” describes how his mother starved him, forced him to drink ammonia, stabbed him in the stomach, burned his arm on a gas stove, and abused him in other ways. When he was twelve years old, teachers and foster parents rescued him. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, including in the Gulf War, Dave did a huge amount of volunteer work helping trauma survivors. He has received personal commendations from four U.S. Presidents. Dave was the only American to be honored as The Outstanding Young Person of the World. Dave also received the Nat
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