Leon R. Walker Jr., local author who wrote a memoir called “Broken: The Survival Instincts of a Child,” joined us today to talk more about his traumatic story and to share how he hopes to help other children facing similar issues in the world.
Below are the questions Hollie & Alexa asked Leon:
In your memoir, Broken, you tell the story of your childhood and with extreme vulnerability describe your deeply rooted demons. Why share your story now?
According to Psychology Today, childhood trauma, particularly unresolved trauma, can lead to mental health issues and addiction later in life. You experienced a variety of trauma in your childhood—molestation, domestic violence, sex addiction at the age of 8, being evicted from your home, your parent’s divorce—just to name a few. Now that you’re an adult and sharing your story, how has your childhood trauma shaped you into the man you are today?
As a child of divorced parents—whom had a tumultuous marriage filled with domestic violence, substance abuse, and violent arguments—you learned to fear commitment. Why? As divorce rates continue to skyrocket in the United States, how can other children of divorce not follow in their parent’s footsteps?
Your story isn’t just about struggle, it’s also about SURVIVAL. For those who are watching/listening…what would your advice be for them or your Life Survival Tip?
If you could give today’s youth one piece of advice, what would it be and WHY?
What questions do you have for Mr. Walker Jr.? Find us on social media at ‘Live on Lakeside’ and let us know!
For More Information:
Meet Leon R. Walker Jr. this Sunday, June 2nd
@ Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd. in Shaker Heights
1 PM – 3 PM