childhood sexual abuse

In 1996, Justine and Jim were charged in the sexual assault and exploitation of their then 13-year-old biological daughter
"It's not about scaring children. It's about empowering them."
It is the voice of the abused Healer I hear now. The One who knows my pain on an intimate level loves me, believes in me
Instead of allowing the shepherd of my soul to heal me, for so long, I smeared my pain on the Church's steeple and dared it to question my response.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline or 1-800-656-HOPE for the National
If TLC and Honey Boo Boo's family wanted to do a reality show, it could have been an infinitely meaningful dose of reality to talk about preventing sexual abuse, what to look for, and keeping our children safe -- keeping Honey Boo Boo safe.
If we don't speak up, who will? If we don't educate our children and our communities, who will? If we don't eradicate shame and be the strong women that we can only hope our daughters will someday be, than who will?
For me, truth lies in the faith of forgiveness, and when I surrender to this "faith of forgiveness," a newfound freedom enters my life. I don't believe that forgiveness is a one-time act, but rather an unfolding process.
I am a mom, and I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Once being a survivor started to interfere with my ability to be a "normal" mom, I started paying more attention to how and why the two identities were connected.
While sharing about BLVR's investment in us, I shared my personal story of being sexually abused by a family friend when I was six, keeping it secret until after graduating college, and about the heavy toll it took on my life.
I believe that men no longer have the "luxury" to sit back and expect that gender equality will magically arrive. I challenge all the men in my life to join me in actively creating an environment of real equality.
We all know far too well that aching disconnect between who we really are and what we project into the world. For many of us, we consciously choose to disappear -- to be "less than" because the fear of allowing ourselves to be completely "exposed."
Throughout the years, running has meant many different things to me. It's been an escape from my problems, a way to empty my mind of stress, and most recently, a spiritual awakening to engaging in a life with greater purpose.
Four months ago, with the help of my wife and therapy team, I did something I never imagined I could do -- I walked into the police station and made a video deposition against one of the men who sexually abused me when I was a trusting child.
Shifting my outlook in this way has allowed me to be more attuned to what I like to call "signposts" that help me along the way. I thought I would share with you a few of those "signposts" that I've stumbled upon this past week.
As a writer, I'm always looking for inspiration, and this can come from the strangest of places. My days are spent walking that tightrope between keeping my monkey mind quiet while simultaneously trying to be amped up and creative.
I thought I'd share with you my three habits to forging a foundation of resiliency in your life. As a recovering alcoholic
I make no secret that I am an addict in recovery, and this has meant devoting myself to, in the words of the AA literature