Surviving and breaking the cycle of childhood sexual abuse

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Sasha Joseph Neulinger. Image: Gilad Cohen

As a society, we are beginning to take sexual abuse more seriously, but we still struggle with misconceptions about childhood sexual abuse: it is much bigger problem than we think and the abuser is often someone the victim knows. Creating a space where children struggle to get the support they need risks continuing the cycle of abuse across generations.

Sasha Joseph Neulinger was able to break that cycle. Having been abused by his uncle before even understanding what sex was, he struggled to process what happened and overcome the stigma in order to speak out. His journey is captured in his intensely personal documentary Rewind, where he re-watched over 200 hours of home videos to come to peace with the past, understand his family's larger history with abuse, and realize that his trauma doesn't have to define him.

When Neulinger isn't making films, he is travelling around the world with his organization Voice For The Kids to share his story and inspire change through conversation. He strives not only to build spaces for survivors to be heard and receive justice, but also to help them understand how strong they really are.

Neulinger joins hosts Gilad Cohen and Simona Ramkisson to discuss the experience of making his documentary, how to create spaces for survivors, and learning to love himself again.

Download the episode transcript here.

Hosted by Gilad Cohen (Founder, JAYU) and Simona Ramkisson, produced and edited by Brandon Fragomeni and Alex Castellani. Associate producer: Ron Ma.

Image: Gilad Cohen

Theme music created for The Hum by Jeff Morrow.

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