A blessed Sunday to all! I have been busy the last few months – created my own website www.hope4abusesurvivors.com. You may reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have been in contact with my local legislatures (Congressman) in attempt to have a legislative bill introduced so there will be NO STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS (nationwide) for placing criminal charges against any abuser/perpetrator. Sexual abuse/assault is a crime, no matter when or where it happened. The abuser/perpetrator should not walk free to abuse others! It is a long, arduous road – but I have not given up! I have also created a Sexual Abuse/Assault Support Group in my local area. Please let me know how you all are doing : )
I have a new website – http://www.hope4abusesurvivors.com
Also an email so you can message me privately!
I saw this and thought I should post:
The only people mad at you for speaking the TRUTH are those who are living a lie. Keep speaking it!
As I have been online reading your stories, my heart aches for you. I located the books I have read during the past 15 years that I have counseled with different individuals, secular as well as Christian. I am passing the information on to you:
The Wounded Heart (Hope for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse) – Dan Allender
Reach for the Rainbow (Advanced healing for survivors of sexual abuse), – Lynn Finney
Reclaiming our Lives (Hope for adult survivors of incest) – Poston & Lison
Changes that Heal – Henry Cloud
Boundaries (When to say YES, When to say NO), – Cloud & Townsend
As I have been online talking to those who have been abused, and also to those who are currently being abused, my heart really goes out to each. I have gone to www.change.org and posted a petition to change the childhood sexual laws nationwide so there is NO statute of limitations for victims/suvivors to report and prosecute their abusers. Indiana law currently states that no one past the age of 31 can prosecute for childhood sexual abuse. I spoke with a prosecuting attorney and 3 different practicing attorneys.
Upon reading the different stories, I know God has blessed me by bringing me out of the abuse and dysfunctional household to where He has today. He has brought me to a place where I can reach out and be a help to others. Although I cannot prosecute for my abuse, I can certainly ‘pass on’ what God did for me. It is certainly difficult to ‘wrap your mind around’ why someone would hurt another human being that way. I don’t have those answers – I do have a willing heart for anyone who needs someone to listen and understand. God Bless !!
I was a victim, and more importantly, now a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and rape. For more than 3 years the man who was supposed to be my adopted father forced himself on me during my teen aged years. I sought help from the only person I could turn to– my adopted mother, but she did nothing and permitted the abuse to continue. Finally these horrible things ended when I was about sixteen. These adults were church going people and well thought of in the rural Indiana community.
It has taken a long time to come to terms with what happened and to heal. I have spoken with counselors and church leaders as part of the process. God has blessed me with a wonderful family and children. But now I feel the need to use what happened to me in a way that can help others who have suffered or are suffering through similar anguish.
I am here to say that if you have gone through a similar situation or are still going through something similar, I am here for you. If you need a listening hear to be heard or strength to report your abuser/s I am here for you.