Ending the Silence for Sexual Abuse Survivors

Repair_C2 The Lamplighters, a movement for sexual abuse survivors, started in the small town of Cottonwood, AZ now has 34 chapters in three countries

Marjorie McKinnon is the founder of The Lamplighters, a rapidly growing movement for recovery from child sexual abuse and incest.  The Lamplighters, originally conceived as a support group for those going through the REPAIR program, soon became a stand alone movement that has grown in the space of a few months from one chapter in the small northern Arizona community where McKinnon lives to 34 chapters in three countries.   With so much recent news regarding child sexual abuse, the Lamplighters is a badly needed resource. 

McKinnon is also the author of four books on recovering from child sexual abuse, and has lectured on her subject around the country. 

It is a subject she knows well.  McKinnon was raped by her father when she was thirteen and ran away from home at the age of eighteen after a beating by her father that almost killed her.  She spent the next almost three decades going from one abuser to another before she entered a program of recovery at the age of 45.  Half-way through recovery she found out that her two older daughters had been sexually abused by her second husband. 

Her youngest daughter had been raped at gunpoint when she was 17.  This underlines the reality that children of an untreated child sexual abuse victim stand a five times greater chance of being molested themselves. 

Her book, REPAIR Your Life: A Program for Recovery from Incest & Childhood Sexual Abuse (adult version) has recently been released by Loving Healing Press and is a compilation of everything she learned in her own recovery.  

"Anyone wanting to recover from the life-long trauma of childhood sexual abuse will benefit from this book,” says Marcelle Taylor MFT, a well known child sexual abuse specialist in the Los Angeles area.  “It will become the reader’s wise and trusted companion along the road to wellness.”

The children’s version has also been released by Loving Healing Press.  It is titled REPAIR For Kids: Ms. Taylor has this to say about the children’s version:

“Margie, your Repair book for kids is awesome!!! dynamite!! and I wish I had had something like this a long time ago for my sad and shamed "little girl" within. I can't think of anything I'd change. You have covered it all and with wonderful sensitivity, perfect timing and terrific repair exercises. I love the cartoons and the colorfulness of your book as well.”

Repair Your Life McKinnon says, “We need an army, a united voice!   Starting a Lamplighter chapter is so easy, costs nothing and is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in this war against child sexual abuse.  You don’t have to be a therapist or a survivor.  You can be an advocate.” 

REPAIR Your Life and REPAIR For Kids is available through all major book distributors as well as off the Loving Healing Press website and The Lamplighter website at www.thelamplighters.org .  

Ms. McKinnon can be contacted at Margie@thelamplighters.org. Reviews for the children’s version can be found on Amazon.com under REPAIR for Kids: A Children’s program for Recovery from Incest and Childhood Sexual Abuse.   Click here for the link to the Reuters review of the adult version 


  1. Hi Tina, it took me a while to deal with the pre Christmas work load, so here my somewhat belated response to your question. Is it possible to end child abuse? Probably not. But it is possible to raise the awareness of it happening, to educate people about the damage child abuse causes not only the victim but actually everyone – directly or indirectly. I believe it is possible to make sure that it occurs less and less.
    Is is possible to heal from it, even when it messes you up so bad that you split? I am very certain that it is. I have witnessed many people healing – and many were so badly split that they could barely function in normal life. I have seen it in my clinical practice, but also learned about it from participants in my research. (Go to http://multiplevoices.com to read about that).
    For healing to occur you need a person on your side that is reliable, knowledgeable, strong, caring, supportive, respectful, and appreciative of your efforts to recover. You may be able to find such a person amongst your family or your friends. If not, you will have to look for a therapist with these qualities.
    I wish you all the best for 2009 and hope that you’ll find what you need!

  2. Tina

    do you thinkit is really possible to end child sexual abuse? and to heal from it when it happens? even when it messes you up in your thinking so bad that you split?

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