Turning Pain into Beauty: Owning my sexual abuse story
I’m learning what works for me, and what doesn’t, and appreciating that it may look different from somebody else’s journey. For me, sharing my life and my story of survival against seemingly impossible odds is my art. I sometimes don’t appreciate the fact that I can even function at all, am not addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, or am self-harming, the fact that while I did not escape the abuse completely unscathed, (who the hell could be, under those extreme conditions) I am moving every day towards becoming free from the trauma, and its effects on my mind, body and spirit. That alone is a miracle, and should be celebrated.
Read more: https://truthbytwo.wordpress.com/2019/03/05/turning-pain-into-beauty-owning-my-sexual-abuse-story/
As published in Elephant Journal: Ritual Abuse: an Agnostic Gnostic’s Story of Survival
The Purple Heart is usually synonymous with war veterans and with bravery. I wear it because I too am a warrior, in my own way. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and ritual abuse with multiple abusers, I know what P.T.S.D. looks, feels and smells like—in every sense of the meaning.
As published in Stigma Fighters
I’m speaking out, for those children who are going through the pain of abuse right now, and for those adults who’ve survived, but are living with the hell of P.T.S.D. Know that you are not alone. I hope that my story inspires you, and that you will come to the same realization that I have, with healing and recovery- the abuse was NOT your fault, and it does NOT define you. Stay strong and mighty, and put that shame right back where it belongs- on your abusers. You ARE good enough. Wear your ‘scars and stripes’ with pride!
No More Trauma/Drama
Read more: truthbytwo.wordpress.com/2018/09/26/rage-2/