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Beyond the Mask: Overcoming Abuse and Trauma, by David Garlock

This talk contains a discussion of violence and abuse and represents the speakers personal experiences and spiritual beliefs. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail, click here.

David Garlock speaks on the trauma he faced as a child and how it forced him to wear a "mask" all his life. He takes about what it takes the remove this metaphorical mask and the benefits that comes with being your true self. David L. Garlock is a successful returning citizen, reentry professional, and criminal justice reform advocate. David and his brother received 25-year sentences in Alabama after taking the life of their abuser. A client of Equal Justice Initiative, he was released on parole in 2013 after serving more than 13 years and pursuing several educational opportunities while incarcerated. He subsequently obtained his bachelor's degree from Eastern University and is the PA State Organizer for Straight Ahead Org, a grassroots organization that is working to abolish Life Without Parole sentences. He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Rational Sex Offender Laws, working to abolish the sex offender registry. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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