Rosie Aiello lived in the Middle East for 25 years. She reconnected with a man she met during her college years at Berkeley. They ended up getting married, lived in Saudi Arabia for 12 years, had a daughter together, and then went on to live in Lebanon.
From the start of the marriage there were indications of abuse. She ultimately landed in a state of fight, flight, or freeze. The more she reacted and responded to stand up for herself, the worse it got. Rosie lived in silence for 18 years of a 25 year marriage, hiding the abuse from everyone. After years of constantly being discredited and mentally abused (and physically, on occasion), she began to believe that she wasn’t worthy — this was the way it would be.
So why did she stay? Mainly it was because in the Middle East the father automatically got custody of the children from the ages of 7-21. It wasn’t until one day her daughter said to her, “Get me away from my abusive father” that she started to plan their international escape. She broke down and shared with her brother what had been going on for so many years.
Rosie didn’t have a plan for after the escape. She ended up started a consulting business and then began to share her story with others. Sharing the story has now led to writing a memoir with her daughter, 11 Hours To Freedom. Together they are on a mission to help other women and children.
Tweet this: “We need to end family terrorism,” says @RosieClearVista. “I don’t have to live like this!”
Tune in to hear the details of her international escape, why her ex-husband is still stalking her, and her best advice to women who are still suffering to move forward from domestic abuse.
New Media Minute
I got booked on over 20 podcasts!
Special guest, Rosie Aiello, joins Steve and Mary to share her success around attending New Media Summit, including getting booked on 20 podcast interviews. Before the summit and hearing Steve speak, Rosie had never even listened to a podcast… now she can’t stop! She shared with us that the intimacy created around connecting with the podcasters was one of the biggest takeaways, citing it’s the best event she has ever been to.