About Marjorie McKinnon

When I was in incest recovery, living in a woman’s shelter, married to my third abuser, suicidal, fumbling my way in the dark. I thought, ‘If only I had a Lamplighter, someone who would show me the way.’

The dream of the Lamplighter Movement was born.


Ms. Marjorie McKinnon, the founder of The Lamplighter Movement and author of REPAIR Your Life: A Program for Recovery from Incest & Childhood Sexual Abuse, REPAIR Your Life, 2nd edition (with a Forward written by Vincent Felitti, MD, Co-Principal investigator of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study), REPAIR For Kids, REPAIR For Toddlers,The REPAIR Your Life Workbook, REPAIR For Teens and It’s Your Choice! Decisions That Will Change Your Life, is available for speaking engagements. Please contact her at margie@thelamplighters.org for details.


  • An incest survivor (by her father who admitted to it when she was in her mid-thirties, saying, “I want to talk to you about the incest relationship I had with you when you were a young girl.” When he saw the look on her face he added, “A lot of fathers and daughters have this kind of relationship. It’s really quite common. They do it in the Appalachian district all the time.”)
  • And by her mother from the time she was age two until she was three and a half years old
  • The survivor of a long trail of domestic violence
  • The survivor of numerous suicide attempts
  • The survivor of two nervous breakdowns and time spent in psychiatric wards
  • The mother of three childhood sexual abuse victims, two sexually molested by an ex-husband at the ages of four and five (to which he admitted shortly before his death, saying it was their fault) , one raped at gunpoint while she worked at a fast food
  • Spent time in a women’s shelter in the Los Angeles area as a sexually, physically, mentally and emotionally battered wife
  • Spent four and a half years in recovery, during which time she wrote about her experience and developed and utilized innovative techniques to help her on her journey
  • Spent four years attending weekly meetings of Alternatives to Domestic Violence in the Los Angeles area
  • Worked a rigorous and honest Twelve Step Program utilizing both Incest Survivors Anonymous and Co-Dependents Anonymous
  • Spent three years developing and researching REPAIR: A Program for Recovery from Incest & Childhood Sexual Abuse, including interviewing other victims across the country
  • Taught REPAIR seminars in the Los Angeles area
  • An interview on her experience was taped for a national television network and aired in December of 1998
  • Author of fourteen books, five of them on the subject of childhood sexual abuse, the rest available on amazon.com
  • Is available to speak nationwide on both domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse
  • Founded The Lamplighter Movement, a rapidly growing international movement for recovery from incest and childhood sexual abuse. As of June, 2018 there are 77 Lamplighter Movement chapters in ten countries
  • Author of the REPAIR series: REPAIR Your Life: A Program for Recovery from Incest & Childhood Sexual Abuse , REPAIR For Kids, REPAIR For Toddlers, The REPAIR Your Life Workbook and REPAIR For Teens. Please see the many five star reviews on amazon.com.
  • Author of I Never Heard A Robin Sing, a Memoir – available in paperback and Kindle on amazon.com with several five star reviews including one by Vincent Felitti, MD
  • Author of It’s Your Choice! Decisions That Will Change Your Life was released in 2010
  • Served as a member of the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Served as a member of the Verde Valley Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Served on the Board of Directors for Let Go, Let Peace Come In for two years, after which she received emeritus status.
  • Is on the Advisory Board for Dream Catchers for Abused Children at www.dreamcatchersfor abused children.com
  • Is the recipient of the 2012 Ninth Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Award presented by the Sedona/Verde Valley Chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners)



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