Big journeys begin with small steps

Each story is different and yet similar. My story is only one amongst many. The common theme is that the abuser expects the victims/survivors to hide in the shadows. There is too much victim blaming and invalidating of survivor’s experiences going on. It is changing but it is changing too slowly to help those who are out there now, as I once was.

Pencil drawing of four female child abuse survivors standing together
My Fawning “Yes Brain”

My Fawning “Yes Brain”

Anxiety shows up in many different ways for different people. One of my ways is saying Yes to everything. It is a survival tactic for dealing with trauma. Except I don’t need it anymore.

A Poem on Being a Puppet

A Poem on Being a Puppet

I have recently come across some old poetry that I wrote in high school. I have debated sharing these, they were so long ago, and I don’t feel that way anymore. BUT I felt this way as a kid struggling to work through the abyss that is child abuse. It’s important to share.

Am I Bruno?

Am I Bruno?

I am working on sobriety, weekly therapy sessions, and on medication. And yet no one asks about any of my journey. Why is that? Are other’s ashamed of my journey? Am I Bruno?

Bearing Witness to Me

Bearing Witness to Me

But then I started watching and reading other people’s stories; I started bearing witness. And I saw people thriving and living their lives. It gave me hope.

The Importance of Sharing My Story

The Importance of Sharing My Story

Sharing my story involves vulnerability. Who knows what people will say or how they will react? What’s more important is continuing to share no matter what. And that means I have to trust myself.

Awareness Happens When We Bear Witness

Awareness Happens When We Bear Witness

April is Child Abuse, Alcohol, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Awareness can only happen when we share our stories. When we bear witness to ourselves and each other.

What is most personal is most universal.

Carl R. Rogers

Each story is different and yet similar. My story is only one amongst many. The common theme is that the abuser expects the victims/survivors to hide in the shadows. There is too much victim blaming and invalidating of survivor’s experiences going on. It is changing but it is changing too slowly to help those who are out there now, as I once was.

And so, I choose to stand in the light by sharing my story. I am hopeful that my story will inspire others to do the same. When we are all standing together we will no longer be denied our truths.

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