Disclaimer: Things are going to get deep her at The Resolution today. If reading about sexual abuse bothers you, I’m sorry, but I think it needs to be talked about.
A few years ago, I was talking with a group of about 5 friends of mine. Somehow, the topic of sexual abuse came up and we found out that every single one of us was a victim of it when we were children.
Since then, I’ve learned of quite a few more women and men who have been victims of this awful crime, whether they were children, teens, or adults. It astounds me that so many people have had to suffer through this pain and confusion at some point in their lives. It devastates me to know that there are so many predators or other victims of abuse that perpetuate it out there. It makes me afraid for the children I will eventually have.
More than anything, I want to speak out and let all of you who may be currently struggling, or who have struggled in the past with this pain that you are not alone. Just because someone took advantage of you and hurt you, doesn’t mean you have to let it define you. It was not your fault. It’s not your guilt to carry. You are more than what has been done to you. You are not damaged goods. You are capable of being loved.
We can be so much more than victims of abuse. It’s important to deal with our issues (I cannot recommend therapy enough), but once we have processed our emotions, let’s move on. Let’s live our lives to the fullest. Let’s love and be loved. Let’s protect our children from that harm. Don’t be afraid to comfort others who may be going through the same pain.
It’s possible to overcome our horrible experiences; all we have to do is try, and accept all of the help that is out there. This website is a really good place to start.