Life coach and best-selling author Cheryl Hunter says she was so traumatized after being abducted, beaten, and repeatedly sexually assaulted by two men after arriving in the South of France at age 18, that she didn’t tell anyone about what happened to her for years.

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“I was trapped in a hell of my own mind,” she says. “I thought if I told anybody what had occurred, they would know that I was damaged, and ruined, and filthy.”

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Watch the video above to hear Cheryl explain how a chance encounter with a stranger in Tokyo was instrumental in helping her start the healing process. Check here to find out where you can see more from Thursday’s Dr. Phil.

Cheryl Hunter is a life coach, media expert, public speaker, and author of two best-selling books, “Use It: Turn Setbacks Into Success,” and “How To Get Unstuck: 7 Steps To Bounce Forward When Life Knocks You Down” are available wherever books are sold.

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