Every April brings the month of Sexual Abuse Awareness. 3 years ago, I decided to share my experiences and story of sexual abuse, while in faith that it would bring freedom and hope to me and all those who have survived such tragedy in their lives.
I must say that through my recovery that I have broken free of the chains known as false guilt and shame. This freedom has brought forgiveness, given me back my right to live my life, and prohibited the sexual abuse from defining me— and has allowed it to just be an event of my life that happened. My survival gives me the strength and power to share and shine the fact I am a courageous human being, and I am free to live the life that God has intended for me.
As odd as it may sound, I smirk and think to myself that these people, these experiences tried to break me. Unfortunately for them, I stand here today and can say they didn’t. By all means, it has taken quite a bit of work to get to this place of serenity, but I am so joyful to be here.
Let me tell you: you are not alone. It happens more often than you have allowed yourself to believe. *1 out of every 6 American women fall victim of attempted or completed rape in her lifetime" (www.rainn.org). I share my feelings and vulnerability to bring awareness, truth, and support to those who seek it. Just know when you are ready, your freedom is waiting for you on the other side!
I want to thank everyone who has been my support through this thing we call life. I hold you dear to my heart and could have not done it alone.