Whether we are explicitly told to keep quiet or we make this choice out of fear, confusion, or shame, the impact of being silenced is huge.
I remember distinctly the feeling of suffocation. Words trapped at the back of my throat. When asked how I was doing or what I wanted for breakfast, these words would sting and cry out as I replied instead, "I'm fine. Pancakes please."
When my mom discovered my grandfather abusing me one day, she and my father immediately got him out of our home. And I am so thankful for that, because I know not all victims of abuse receive that kind of support.
So, here it was -- my chance to speak up, to be heard, to tell my story -- but I couldn't. And I wouldn't really talk about the abuse until my early twenties when I finally entered therapy.
Now, years and years later, I share my story everyday with my clients, through my podcast, and trainings. And each time I tell my story, it's another step of freedom. It's a refusal to be ashamed, scared, hindered, suffocated by the past.
Today, I want to encourage you to reclaim your voice. To speak your truth (even if just to yourself). To find one trusted friend to bear witness to your journey.
This is a donation based group and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
I am so happy to bring you this innovative and effective support program designed specifically for adult survivors of physical, sexual, and/or emotional child abuse or neglect, bringing them together within a nurturing and supportive community.