Local business owner, sexual assault survivor, acclaimed author to screen self-produced documentary ‘The Good Life’ at the Hiway Theater, panel discussion to follow

Carolyn Wilson, an acclaimed author, documentarian, and sexual assault survivor, will host a community screening of the film, “The Good Life”, from 9:30am to 12:00pm on Sunday, April 21 at the Hiway Theater in Jenkintown.

The event is being held in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and is free and open to the public. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

For Wilson, the morning event is part of her life’s mission: to heal and to help those who have suffered trauma and abuse.

“My father was my abuser, and he’s now serving time in prison. My message is that you can have a good life after past trauma and abuse,” Wilson said. “I’m finding a lot of people who have been impacted and have never said anything. After they hear my story, they sometimes come to me and say ‘Yeah, that happened to me too.’ It’s part prevention, and part healing. It’s all about reclaiming your power.”

Wilson served as the producer, writer, director, and lead actress for the 30-minute documentary, which came out in 2019. The film won several awards and received mention at the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.

From IMDb’s description:

‘The Good Life’ is a story of trauma, scars, healing, and freedom. This story follows one women’s journey of being molested that laid the foundation for a life of further trauma, abuse, depression and nonexistence. This short documentary is about a pinnacle moment that led to healing from sexual child abuse, being set free, and the movement created out of the process that helps others heal from their own trauma and abuse.

Wilson has also authored several books about overcoming trauma, telling your story, becoming healed, empowered, resilient, and developing a positive mindset, including “H.E.R.Story”, “H.I.M.Story”, and “H.E.R.Story Too”.

She operates Magnify Your Essence, an empowerment and sexual assault awareness organization based in Cheltenham Township.

“The Hiway is good people. I’m excited to work with them,” she said.

To register for the event, you can click here. For more information about the film, you can click here. For more about Wilson’s books, you can click here.

Wilson’s contact card can be found here.

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Photos: Carolyn Wilson