Best-Selling Author, Cleveland Kidnapping Survivor
As one of the women who escaped from the Cleveland home of Ariel Castro after 11 years of captivity, torture and abuse, Michelle Knight has risen out of darkness and trauma to captivate audiences around the world with her incredible story of heroism, survival and healing. Speaking honestly about her experiences, she imparts valuable lessons for other survivors, sharing invaluable takeaways for those who work with victims of trauma and abuse. Read More >
On Her Secret Struggle
Surviving a Nightmare
Famed talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw recently said, “In the 12 years of doing the ‘Dr. Phil’ show, no one has changed me like Michelle Knight and her story of survival.” Michelle Knight (now known as Lily Rose Lee) captured the world’s attention when she and two other women were discovered and freed after being held for more than a decade by notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro. For years after being rescued, she faced questions: What happened after her escape? How do you get past trauma to live a happy and joyful life and trust again? Drawing from her inspirational book about healing and resistance, Life After Darkness, Knight shares her journey out of unspeakable trauma to a life focused on helping other victims find hope, healing and happiness.
Even before her kidnapping by Ariel Castro, Michele Knight (Lily Rose Lee) had been a victim of domestic violence and sexual abuse seeking help. In this powerful presentation (also highly effective as a moderated conversation), Knight recounts her own personal story, providing invaluable insights and perspective for law enforcement, mental health, social services, education and other professionals. Framing experiences through the perspective of the victim, Knight provides memorable, actionable advice on showing empathy, gaining trust and fostering positive communication with those who are victims or survivors of trauma or abuse.
"All I can say is she “WOWS” people. She is quite an impressive young woman and a delight to work with. Everyone loved her. "