The Compassionate Response: How to help and empower the adult victim of child sexual abuse

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Joelle Casteix

Named one of Orange County's 100 Most Influential People of 2015, Joelle Casteix is a bestselling author, journalist, speaker, and advocate. She's also the leading “in the trenches” expert on the prevention and exposure of child sex abuse and cover-up—especially within institutions such as the Catholic Church, Boy Scouts and public schools.

Her blog, The Worthy Adversary, has become a leading voice in survivor advocacy, exposing abuse and cover-up, child safety, and parenting strategies.

Her other writings have appeared in the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, OC Family, and

Her TEDx talk on the power of responsibility quickly went viral, making her an in-demand corporate, university and motivational speaker. She has inspired thousands with her stories of hope, action, and the power of her "Six Decisions." You can view the video on her website:

She lives in California with her husband and son.