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STLCC Alumna Stacey Lannert Shares Story of Recovery

March 26, 2013

Stacey Lannert  
Stacey Lannert shares her story at the
first of two presentations March 21.

St. Louis Community College alumna Stacey Lannert shared the story of her childhood sexual and emotional abuse with the Meramec community during two presentations on March 21.

Lannert, the author of “Redemption: A Story of Sisterhood, Survival, and Finding Freedom Behind Bars,” is currently a student at Southeast Missouri State University and frequently travels across the country speaking about the horrors she endured, the warning signs of abuse, and her own personal redemption. She has appeared on Oprah, Nancy Grace, the Montel Williams Show and others, and has been interviewed by magazines such as Newsweek and Glamour.

Lannert’s abuser was someone close: her own father. At age 9, Lannert was raped for the first time at the hands of her father. On July 5, 1990, at the age of 18, she shot and killed him.

After serving half of her life in prison for first-degree murder, Mo. Gov. Matt Blunt commuted the life sentence in January 2009. Six days later, she walked out of prison a free woman, determined to make a difference.
She founded Healing Sisters, a resource for sexual abuse “victors,” as Lannert calls them.

Healing Sisters is an “opportunity to experience the bond we share and the restoring powers gained from other people who have also suffered,” as well as a blog for Lannert to share her life after 18 years in prison.

“In our society, we have this kind of ‘shame’ that goes along with victimization, we perpetuate the shame and we need to learn how to erase it," she said. "I always tell everyone “erase the shame.'”