Why Childhood Trauma Doesn’t Have To Be A Life Sentence of Humiliation

Childhood Trauma Affects Us All

Hello Happy Campers: My mom, Marissa Jones, and I discuss her experience of childhood trauma as a former child prostitute in postwar Philippines. I touch on my mother’s experience in my book The Money Formula to shed light on the life altering and heart breaking choices that people make to survive extreme poverty. Childhood trauma is primarily a source of unhealthy and self-sabotaging limiting beliefs. And, without coming to terms with our experiences and how we come to cope with the challenges of life, we will find ourselves repeating unhealthy behaviors and life scenarios.

Opening up about my story and my mom’s story was an act of compassion for others who struggle with similar experiences. The truth is, there is life after personal trauma and failure. There is so much more to life than the incidents that make up the stories of our lives. For, in those stories, there are ways to interpret them and to see them from fresh eyes – which is what The Money Formula intends to do.

Childhood Trauma Doesn’t Have To Be A Life Sentence of Humiliation

My mom was scared to come out with her story of childhood trauma. She says that her husband wasn’t even aware of her painful past. He discovered this story upon the publishing of the book. To show her support, she came at the very start of The Women’s Financial Freedom Tour to listen to me speak. She met women who want to overcome their own childhood trauma and change their relationship with money and she was surprised to learn just how many women were inspired by her story of overcoming childhood trauma. It was then that my mom realized that we can all help each other by being honest about our stories of childhood trauma and to set ourselves free from the past with a renewed vision and purpose for the experience.

It was brave of my mom to be so open about her story of child sex work in the face of abject poverty. It is my goal to diminish the stigma of hidden pain and the trauma of challenging personal life experiences so that people can move on with new resources for beginning a new life and personal story.

Statistics on Childhood Trauma

60% of adults report experiencing abuse or other difficult family circumstances during

26% of children in the United States will witness or experience a traumatic event
before they turn four.

Four of every 10 children in American say they experienced a physical assault during the past year, with one in 10 receiving an assault-related injury.

2% of all children experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse during the past year, with the rate at nearly 11% for girls aged 14 to 17.

Nearly 14% of children repeatedly experienced maltreatment by a caregiver, including nearly 4% who experienced physical abuse.

People who have experienced trauma are:

  • 15 times more likely to attempt suicide
  • 4 times more likely to become an alcoholic
  • 4 times more likely to develop a sexually transmitted disease
  • 4 times more likely to inject drugs
  • 3 times more likely to use antidepressant medication
  • 3 times more likely to be absent from work
  • 3 times more likely to experience depression
  • 3 times more likely to have serious job problems
  • 2.5 times more likely to smoke
  • 2 times more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • 2 times more likely to have a serious financial problem


Using The Money Formula To Overcome Childhood Trauma

The Money Formula is a step by step protocol that allows the inner child to resolve childhood trauma in seven steps and less than fifteen minutes. This set of questions allows an individual to probe into childhood memories that are the root of self-limiting beliefs. These beliefs manifest in a number of ways – for many in financially stressful habits and attitudes. The Money Formula can also be used to deal with emotional triggers that affect career and personal life performance.

Have you experienced childhood trauma? How did you overcome the limiting beliefs and behaviors associated with these experiences? Tell us in the comments.

Leslie Juvin-Acker

Leslie Juvin-Acker is Chief Happiness Officer of Leslie Inc. Since 2008, she has been coaching executives and business leaders all over the world. She is an expert in emotional intelligence and helps professionals tap into their own imagination to find solutions for personal and professional happiness.

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