When Joevan Palmer was a young boy, he experienced a trauma that would shape his life and identity for years to come. As a child, he was molested by a trusted person. The trauma of this experience had a lasting impact on Joevan’s life.
He was unable to make sense of the violation he had suffered. He was left with deep-seated feelings of shame and fear. He questioned his sexuality, believing that the abuse had caused him to become "different" from other teens.
When Joevan first sought therapy to heal from the trauma he had experienced, he was filled with fear and apprehension. He had no idea what to expect and was uncertain if he even wanted to face the memories of his past. However, as he worked through his trauma, he began to feel a sense of liberation and peace. He realized that he had been suppressing his emotions for years and was now able to express them without judgment or criticism.
This healing was the catalyst for Joevan to become an advocate for those who have experienced similar situations.
Joevan became eager to help individuals who have faced sexual trauma to build trust, release suppression, and perform better in relationships. He wanted to be a role model for those who had gone through similar experiences and show them that it was possible to move past the pain and fear they had endured.
It's no surprise that Joevan's journey of forgiveness was a long and difficult one. In Drop Your Baggage Episode #61, he reflects on the moments in his life when he felt the most ashamed and how that shame has followed him throughout his life until adulthood. He talks about how he was able to identify the origin of his shame and begin the process of letting go.
Joevan is a shining example of someone who has been able to fight through the pain and suffering of his past and come out the other side with a newfound strength. His story is an inspiration to anyone who has been through a traumatic experience and is seeking a path to healing. This episode is a testament to the fact that, no matter how daunting the challenge, it’s always possible to find peace and acceptance in the end. Joevan’s story is a powerful reminder that we can all find the courage to forgive and start anew.