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Mike Chapman (he/him)

Mike joined Momma on July 17, 2023 live on Twitch to talk about His Story of Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse & Trafficking as well as Sexual Assault by Clergy as a Young Adult

About Mike

Mike Chapman is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and sexual trafficking, and a survivor of sexual assault by clergy as a young adult. In his spiritual journey to recovery, Mike has had to battle, among other things, anger, PTSD, anxiety, codependency, and addictive behaviors, including porn addiction. Mike is also a Full-Time Sign Language Interpreter and a Part-Time Santa Claus Portrayal Artist. He’s been happily married to his wife Beth for over 32 years, and they have 2 adult children – Lizzy and Mac.  He and Beth live in Wilson, NC. Mike is currently a part-time Recovery Life Coach for both Polar Life Consulting and Husband Material.  To find out more or to contact Mike, email him at and has an upcoming podcast of his own coming soon: "Healing for Male Survivors with Mike Chapman."

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Episode Summary

In this emotionally charged episode of Even Tacos Fall Apart, we dive into a poignant and deeply personal story of survival and healing with our guest, Mike Chapman. Our topic for the day is Mike's remarkable journey of enduring and conquering a series of traumatic experiences. Though I'm avoiding certain sensitive terminology in this episode description for algorithm and censorship reasons, the essence of the interview remains unwavering and resonates with anyone seeking strength and resilience in the face of life's darkest challenges.

Mike's narrative is one of courage and endurance, an account of resilience in the face of adversity. His story begins with childhood experiences that no child should ever have to endure. It's the story of a young boy navigating a world fraught with challenges that no child should face. The narrative proceeds into adulthood, where Mike's path intersected with adversity once again in an entirely different context, revealing his indomitable spirit.

This episode is not just about the challenging circumstances that Mike has faced, but also about the incredible journey he embarked on to heal and emerge as a beacon of hope. It's a testament to the human spirit's unwavering ability to withstand even the most daunting obstacles.

Mike's story invites us to reevaluate the narrative of "strength" and who gets to claim it. It underscores the importance of acknowledging the diverse forms of trauma and the resilience in survivors who've walked through those dark valleys.

As the podcast unfolds, we discuss the importance of sharing our stories as a means of not only healing ourselves but also to provide hope and inspiration to others. Mike emphasizes that you're never alone on your journey to healing. He champions the idea that hope and healing are attainable, and the trauma you may have faced was not your fault.

The conversation is filled with touching moments and profound insights. We delve into the significance of believing survivors, especially when they muster the strength to share their stories. We also highlight the need to address common misconceptions about those who've experienced trauma and the importance of supporting them.

Throughout the episode, the central theme is the power of storytelling. By sharing our truths, we not only find healing for ourselves but also inspire others to heal. The collective strength and resilience embodied in stories like Mike's help chip away at the stigma surrounding trauma and recovery.

This episode leaves listeners with a clear message: Hope and healing are attainable. And by sharing stories like Mike's, we are making it easier for others to find the strength to embark on their own journeys toward recovery.

This conversation serves as a poignant reminder that the human spirit can transcend even the darkest of chapters. It's an inspiring tale of resilience and healing, a testament to the fact that no one walks their path alone. In Mike's story, we find hope, inspiration and the belief that healing is possible for us all.