Jun 17, 2021
Rosie Rivera is one of the most influential and inspirational
Latinas in the world.
As the bestselling author of God is Your Defender, an
international speaker and co-host of marriage podcast The
Power of Us, Rosie uses her voice to give hope to fellow
survivors of sexual abuse.
Today, Rosie shares her painful journey and how she found
- the tragic loss of her beloved sister, internationally
acclaimed singer Jenni Rivera
- the trauma of being sexually abused as a child
- finding peace in surrendering pain
This conversation will empower you to face life’s minor or most
hurtful situations with courage, compassion + perseverance.
- As a family of eight living in a two-bed one-bath home, Rosie
didn’t recognize how poverty-stricken until she was blessed later
- Jenni Rivera is known as the most important female figure and
top selling female artist in Regional Mexican music, and
the first to sell out Los Angeles’ Staple Center.
- Robbed of her voice: At nine, and overcome
with anger, Rosie confronted the family member that was being
sexually abusive. At 16, Rosie refused to remain silent and took
- “For 18 years I battled a trauma and depression
because of that sexual abuse. Once I was healed I was also
set free and I wanted to share that hope with all survivors so I
began speaking to anyone that would listen.”
- “One of the biggest weapons an abuser can have is our
silence.” Rosie empowers her three children to know the
value + beauty of their bodies and fosters strong avenues of
- Healing is your responsibility: After 18 years
of seeking revenge, Rosie found herself living in anger. Before
surrendering the pain, Rosie stresses the importance of validating
- After Jenni’s tragic death and the difficult aftermath, Rosie
had to vulnerably share her brokenness with her new husband Abel
which strengthened their respect for each other.
- When faced with adversity, Rosie has trust that God works in
his own time.
- “Dream little girl dreams.”
- Get a copy of Rosie Rivera’s God is Your Defender
Life after trauma: Whether divorce,
bankruptcy, natural disaster or anything in between
— we’ve all faced trauma. Expert psychologist Dr. Laurie
Nadel shares proven techniques to find healing on ep. 91.
- What is the best book you’ve ever read? Other
than the Bible, East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
- What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as
a child that you wish you still exhibited today? My
ability to forgive quickly.
- Your house is on fire, all living things and people are
out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What
would it be? A folder with all our birth
certificates, pictures, drawings, USBs with everything.
- You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous
beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with
anyone living or dead. Who would it be? I’d love to have
one more conversation with my sister Jenni Rivera and ask her what
emotions she had about my sexual abuse. She took care of me so well
that I never realized how much it could have affected her.
- What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“You could sit there and pity yourself. Or you can get off your
butt and we can do something about it.”
- What advice would you give your 20-year-old
self? It gets better, there is truly a lot of people that
love you but begin loving yourself first.
- It’s been said that all great people can have their
lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to
read? She was a bold woman of faith who loved well.
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