Unbreakable: Interview with Katherine Svoi Symthe
San Antonio, April 13, 2014
Katherine Symthe is a former victim of child abuse and the perils of the human trafficking. She is the granddaughter of Lester Brown, and now a thriving success story in her own right, announced today the Healing Survivors, Creating Thrivers Fund. The crowd funding campaign will fund an educational seminar series aimed at taking a stand and drawing a line in the sand against abuse and the human trafficking.
The Restoration Project
Healing Survivors, Creating Thrivers will be a live educational seminar series dedicated to raising awareness and educating the community of survivors and their advocates of the local resources available. The series will bring attention to the epidemic of child abuse and its impact on all levels of the survivors, incorporating the human condition of all peoples regardless of economic, social, education, culture, lifestyle and religious or non-religious status.
“San Antonio, I bid you to join us and help raise the funds needed to help us draw a line in the sand,” says survivor and founder Katherine Symthe. “Together, let’s take a stand and raise our voice.”
Symthe is the granddaughter of Lester Brown whose cruelty to animals made the cover of Life Magazine in 1966, that enraged Congress who passed the animal rights law. Lester Brown moved to California where Symthes Mother started buying children and abusing them.
Symthe endured 17 years of torture and pain and even witnessed her sister’s death by her mother. Today, Symthe provides an exclusive look into her life and how she utilized her talents to overcome the traumatic trials in her life which created a passion from within her to create “Healing Survivors, Creating Thrivers.”
The mission of the restoration project is to enable Healing Survivors, Creating Thrivers to become global voices against abuse through education, support, and a community.
UNBREAKABLE, The Unrelenting Spirit of Katherine Svoi Symthe, has become the holy grail of the company to push forward a movement, Healing Survivors, Creating Thrivers. We have sponsors, business people and an entire community of San Antonio, Texas that is taking a stand with us. Channel 4 News(NBC) and KSAT News has quoted Katherine Svoi Symthe as
“Draw a line in the sand and take a stand,” and “Its time to take back our city.”
“We are unifiying the local community of San Antonio, Texas so we can become a stronger force to fight human trafficking and all forms of abuse. We are an iron fist putting an end to it,” Stormy R. Martinez, Co Founder of Healing Survivors, Creating Thrivers.
When Reverend Katrina Ornelas, BA, MARS was asked why she donated her venue, Center For Practical Spirituality to host the seminars for Healing Survivors, Creating Thrivers and the book tours for Unbreakable, she responds with, “It was the right thing to do.”
In 2012, I was in a relationship that broke my heart. I finally hit a point in my life that I was done with life and wanted to give up. After the fire in my apartment, I was given perspective. I decided to write the book so that others know that they are not alone in their trials and challenges. In the process, the book took a life of its own as I began to heal from my horrible, torturous past. I quickly discovered that when I began sharing my story that other survivors began to come forward sharing their stories. In many ways this book helps others and me.
Some of the events you describe in the book sound truly horrific. Can you tell us about your background and how it has affected you?
Honestly, my life and events of the book have affected me on many levels. I have had to learn to find my own self value because of what I survived and endured. In the matters of the heart as far as personal relationships, I am guarded yet I have faith in the goodness of genuine people. Everyday is a process of growth, healing and development.
Has writing about these experiences helped you to heal emotionally? What advice would you give to people who have suffered similar situations?
The experiences I went through exposed me to a world of evil that no child should ever have to experience. When I wrote about these experiences, it provided me with a voice of healing and connection not only to myself however to others. The book allowed me to have a carthasis and to really deal, and heal from my past. I would tell others that have survived that they are not alone. My strongest advice is that their past does not define them. Use your past to become the stepping stones of strength.
Do you think your book will have a positive impact on the world? Do you hope that your book will raise awareness of child abuse and human trafficking so that we can prevent events like this from ever happening again?
I have had my challenges with the book especially in San Antonio, Texas. A lot of book stores will not allow me to do a book signing because “human trafficking does not happen in the USA”. This ideology is so wrong. I am there to demonstrate that it does happen in the USA and we have to take a stand. My book is raising a lot of awareness to the epidemic that is stealing away our children and lives of those impacted. The best way to prevent human trafficking is through education, awareness and willingness to take a stand.
Can you tell us about your project ‘Healing Survivors, Creating Thrivers’ and your educational seminars?
Our mission is to enable Healing Survivors, Creating Thrivers strengthening them to become global voices against abuse and the sex trade. A live, educational seminar series dedicated to raising awareness and educating the community of survivors and their advocates of the local resources available. Bringing attention to the epidemic of child abuse and its impact on all levels of the survivors, incorporating the human condition of all peoples regardless of economic, social, education, culture, lifestyle and religious or non-religious status.
The live seminar series entitled “Healing Survivors, Creating Thrivers” educates, facilitates, profiles and produces:
I. Identify forms of child abuse: physical, mental, emotional, sexual and spiritual
II. Educate regarding methodologies and myths of abuse
III. Clarify DO’s and DON’Ts to assist, interact with and support victims and survivors
IV. Provide advocacy for adult survivors
V. Address current national and local epidemic statistics
VI. Address the influence of the sex trade and prostitution on victims of child abuse
VII. Educate regarding the emotional impact victims endure and how to provide resources and support
VIII. Address victims/survivors acknowledging they are not alone nor are they different or destined to a life of lack and statistics
IX. Provide living testimonies from key note speakers, Katherine Symthe, that are survivors of complex child abuse and today are thrivers,as well as the insight of voluntary thriver panel members
X. Raise funds to offer grants to community resources to allow them the financial assistance to provide needed resources in their community
What can we, the general public, do to help stop this happening to other children? How can we end child abuse and human trafficking?
First, we have to realize that human trafficking is occurring on USA soil and thousands of children are being sold. We have to have the courage to report such activities and take a stand. I really recommend reading my book, so that you as the reader gets an idea of what I survived through at the hands of human traffickers.